The garage opens and here we go again! It’s time to start tearing apart that engine!! Yesterday we pressure washed the engine transmission and transfer case and wow what a mess! Two cans of break cleaner and a day later we are back in the garage.
Off comes the air conditioner condenser, probably never to return. Surprisingly all the lines came loose with no problems! Amazing! The oil/transmission cooler is next and we were surprised to find that it combined the engine oil cooler and the transmission cooler all in one unit.
Finally the super cool griffin aluminum radiator argues it’s way out of the truck and the fan shroud follows in two broken pieces. Luckily Rodney at http://www.feltztire.com had an extra one for us so no worries. It’s a good thing. We went all out removing stuff, as we saw the plastic duuramax fan blades were all broken at the ends. It’s nice to find problems sometimes and lets us understand why it was running hotter than we liked.
Air conditioner compressor and vacuum pump come off to get put on the shelf to collect dust with the condenser. Vacuum will be replaced by an electric vacuum pump. Alternator comes off and oh yeah, that’s not going back either, a new high output one is on the way courtesy of Js-alternators.com
Of course since it’s a Hummer the water pump doesn’t come off easily with pry bars and hammers until we read the shop manual and realize the upper half of the timing cover is removed along with it. New one of those coming too, haha. It’s getting to be like Christmas with all these new parts.
Jack gets his wish today and he can finally take off the weird turbo at the back of the engine. Shaking his head in disbelief at the odd engineering it comes off with no issues. We didn’t even snap any of the exhaust bolts. Intake soon follows as well as fuel lines from the injection pump.
Two videos today! The cool time lapse of the body coming off and then the even cooler regular one. Up and down up and down it goes as we discover more things that need to be disconnected. Finally one last time up and it’s free. Hey, let’s make a video look like we got it on the first try! Haha. Push push push and the frame rolls out of the garage while the women happily watch more hummer parts taking up yard space.
We don’t hide the screw ups on our team. Complete honesty, it’s more entertaining that way anyhow. Hahaha
Things are finally coming around, the roof has come off and that gives us more access to build the roll cage. It’s surprising how much more room we appear to have now that we aren’t bouncing our heads on it. Well, at least Mike’s head, that’s not ever an issue for Jack.
The rumors of the roof being held together by glue proved to be untrue. it was a surprisingly easy job. Remove the rear doors, the door frame, find so many bolts, and then just raise it up with pry bars and the lift. Watch and enjoy the video. No injuries, woo hoo!!
Well last week Mike drove all the way to north Texas from here in Houston to pick up tires and rims. He found a guy that is the disposal guy for the military Humvee Tire @ www.feltztire.com. This guy has an enormous amount of tires so check him out.
Last but not least Mikes haul, he scored rims, tires, a transfercase, and run flats. I almost forgot. The new Eaton Posi Track (Detroit locker) came in a few days ago.
The Hummer is on the lift and things are coming apart! Had a noise in the rear differential and when we took the cover off this is what we found.
Aluminum shavings everywhere. The internal parts of the ARB air locker were shredded! Luckily the ring and pinion are ok but wow.
Next came the removal of the stock fuel tanks. The race rules require a safety fuel cell. Of course because life always works with happiness they were full. That did make it easier and faster for them to come crashing to the floor however.
Finally we find a simple little split in the half shaft boot and we are done with the day
Yes, the project has begun, parked and living at the garage we are about to undertake the monumental task of building a race truck! The Baja 1000 offers the ultimate race challenge for any vehicle and we chose the Hummer H1. Not because of any specific reason except Mike owned one and didn’t have the heart to sell the beast.
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