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Rear main seal replacement

 
bigdee2
V-6 Camaros rule!
Posts: 55
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Posted: 10/29/12 05:26 PM

Have a 1976 Camaro with a 383 stroker and a turbo 350.

It's a block casting # 638 used in chevy truck from 1988 - 1994.  Some of these were 2 bolt mains and some were 4 bolt mains, but they all had 1 piece rear main seals.  

With the car on the rack and removing the tranny and stall converter and then replacing the seal - what is a reasonable time estimate for a senior mechanic - I'm thinking 4 to 6 hours.  

This engine was freshly rebuilt and installed 4 months ago, so there shouldn't be any rusted up and frozen bolts - should be pretty straught forward.  

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68scott385
I mow my lawn and find Chevys
Posts: 1994
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Posted: 10/29/12 06:56 PM

I could do it on jackstands in my driveway in 4-6 hours. A guy with a rack/lift/hoist ought to be able to do it in 2-3 hours I would think.  
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bigdee2
V-6 Camaros rule!
Posts: 55
Joined: 12/10
Posted: 10/30/12 05:20 AM

Thank you - I just want to not continue to get ripped.  Everybody down here charges the same standard rate, but they kill you on time, and those time books for mechanics are kept pretty secret.  

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68scott385
I mow my lawn and find Chevys
Posts: 1994
Joined: 10/09
Posted: 10/30/12 05:28 PM

I have a time/job book. I didn't look to see what hours the job would charge, I just know what I can do myself. Even factory suggested time for warranty work can be screwy. One job will take cosiderable time and the mechanic will loose his rear every time. Then there are jobs that can be done fairly quick and will pay nearly twice the time it takes.  
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