How to Name the Parts of the Engine

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Learn the names of engine parts, from the drive shaft to the transmission to the carburetor; our expert explains in detail in this free auto-repair video.

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Hi I'm Doug. I work with twenty great guys in St. Louis at Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods, and we're going to do some work for you today on Expert Village. Now that the engine's out of the car this is a good chance to take a look at it's original functions and the original mounting points and features of it that were covered when we removed the vehicle. The drive shaft slides in to the back of the transmission on these fly's. As the rear axle of a car goes up and down, the drive shaft has to essentially get longer and shorter. So it slides up and down on these splines. This style of transmission doesn't have a traditional external cooler, where the lines come out of the transmission up to the radiator, this is handled in a different way. If you're to remove an engine separately from the transmission, we would have undone these bolts here and left the transmission in the vehicle. But since we're replacing both with modern Chevy equipment we brought the transmission out with the engine. This is the linkage that is used to force the transmission down a gear when you mash on the throttle. The carburetor has been removed, and we've put the carburetor mounting plate on it here. We don't even know where this valve cover is, the car came to us, somebody had tried to mess with the engine years and years ago. The exhaust bolts up to the engine on either side, and we've taken that loose, it's in center underneath on this side, it's on the back over here. The distributor likewise was disassembled before we ever saw the car, so we haven't touched any of this. We just left the alternator on and the old power steering pump on, they're going to get discarded with this old motor. So we kind of left it as much intact as possible. The old power steering pump lines, the old fuel pump, they all stay on the motor because we don't need any of it for our new engine install.

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