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Old 05-09-2012, 05:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Tools to have in the shop if rebuilding a 1.3

Let's say you've got a zuk that's going strong but soon to need a rebuild. So you get your hands on a core and get started so that you can just pull and drop, minimal downtime. What does the list of tools look like that you'll need in order to do the rebuild? And the list for pulling the old motor and dropping the fresh one?
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's going to depend on how much of the engine tear down and re-assembly you are going to do yourself. There isn't much out of the ordinary on these little guys that your standard collection of hand tools wouldn't cover for removal and disassembly. The engine and tranmission are pretty light, being mostly aluminium, so, you wont need a heavy duty hoist to pull them out. Anything you don't feel like buying, can be rented, or borrowed, from a lot of auto parts stores.

I'm planning on doing the same as you, but my core engine is at my nephews place in Texas. But hey, it's free! I'll probably find my own parts and then track down a good machine shop for the engine and head machine work.

Here is a link to the Suzuki engine service manual. I've downloaded most of the manuals these folks have posted to my laptop and it's nice to have it handy while I'm out in the shop:

http://zukioffroad.com/Tech_Library/...ine_manual.pdf

Lots of other handy info here, too:

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Thanks, this is awesome!
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Wow . Good question.
I tend to take my tools and shop for granted. 35 years of tool collecting will do that to you.
Lets start big and go to small.
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Hoist , floor jack , jack stands , good work light , Metric socket set , Metric end wrench set's
long , short , and offset , torque wrench , gasket knife and scraper , Feeler Gage , screw driver set , timing light , pullers , plier set , Band aids , and I'm sure a few that I'm overlooking.
Or a good friend with a tool fetish and a full shop that will work for beer and comrodery.....
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I tend to take my tools and shop for granted. 35 years of tool collecting will do that to you.
I know where your coming from. Some of those tools you bought to do one special job, then fifteen years later, you find you need it again. I think another good item to have is a vernier/dial calipers. Great for taking the guess work out of measurements and the price is a fraction of what they were 30 years ago.

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Yeah, dial gauge for sure. Also circlip pliers and one RIDICULOUSLY long flathead screwdriver. I don't know how many times I've needed that thing for one reason or another.
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Come-on guys - he's rebuilding a 1.3 - it's light enough that he doesn't need a hoist to get it out, although it would make life easier.

Torque wrench, metric socket set, extension, metric combination wrenches (going from memory - you only need 10, 12, 14 & maybe 17mm), ring compressor, feeler gauges, slip-joint pliers and a couple of screw drivers.

I'm assuming here that he will take the block and crank to the machine shop to have them checked to determine if he needs a rebore and/or regrind - if he's going oversized on the pistons the shop can put the pistons on the rods for him.
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So I guess Fordem sees no need to set the valve lash on a new motor???
When giving advise to others I lean toward: What one "should have" as opposed to "what will work in a pinch"
As to the hoist. I will not do an engine swap without one.
I suppose you can use a tree branch and a rope though........
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A good friend of mine, who is a professional mechanic, has a saying. "There is nothing like having the right tool for the job." Thinking back I have likely buggered as many things with an improvised tool as I have fixed. I've never done an engine swap, and in a weird way am looking forward to doing it (sometime ) but I can't imagine how on earth, or why, you would attempt to do it without a hoist.
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So I guess Fordem sees no need to set the valve lash on a new motor???
When giving advise to others I lean toward: What one "should have" as opposed to "what will work in a pinch"
As to the hoist. I will not do an engine swap without one.
I suppose you can use a tree branch and a rope though........
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The only tools you need to set the valve lash on a 1.3 are a feeler gauge, either a 10 or a 12mm combination wrench (I don't remember which) and a flat bladed screwdriver - all of which are listed in my previous post.

As for a hoist - a fully assembled 1.3 is light enough to be lifted by a single person - been there, done that.

Just remember one thing - the OP wasn't asking about engine swaps and SBCs, he asked about a 1.3 Suzuki.
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