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Old 03-28-2018, 06:12 PM   #1
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CCV Replacement Issue

I am having an issue connecting the new CCV to the hose that attaches to the front inlet of the small air distribution manifold attached to the top of the intake manifold.

1. I have tried it with the new hose connected to the air dist. manifold then pushing the inlet of the CCV into the hose under the intake but I am unable to get the CCV to turn into position on the hose to lock the connection and permit mounting the CCV.

That must mean the CCV needs to be pulled out of the hose connection, rotated in another direction then pushed into the hose again to try to lock the connection and orientate the CCV for mounting but there is no room to try that.


2. I also tried snaking hose, connected and locked to the CCV, up under the intake and between #1 and #2 runners but no dice.

Now I see why some guys convert to the M56 valve cover.

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Old 03-28-2018, 06:39 PM   #2
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The 50's kid had a trick for that twist connector, I don't remember exactly how he did it. I did the M56 conversion too.
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My “trick” to attaching that hose is to rotate the CCV body so that the bottom of the CCV body is facing the engine. Then route the hose down into position. Using a large flat blade screwdriver force the hose towards the CCV body. The rotate the CCV body so that the bottom is facing down.
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My trick was to do it behind the manifold before I'd attached the valve...really frustrating. Good luck!
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I will keep you guys posted. For laughs: I picked up a M56 valve (or cyl head) cover from the jy. Then I decided see what all the fuss was about these M54 CCV jobs since I already had a CCV kit on hand and never did one before. Dove in, much cursing eventually ensued.
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I have heard it is ultimately a less frustrating task if you pull the intake manifold when replacing the CCV.

And you can replace the vacuum tubing to the SAP at the the same time...

Can anyone confirm/deny?

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I grimaced as I watched the video, remembering how I struggled to connect that hose running to the top of the manifold. I can understand pulling the manifold if you need to replace hoses and the gasket but I think the video is the best technique. Unfortunately, I don't have Trump sized hands and that made it challenging.
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Got 'er done, to paraphrase Larry the Cable Guy. I found it helped to pull off that fuel tank vent solenoid or whatever it is on the left side of the manifold (facing it from the side) and let it dangle down there. If I have to redo this ever again with engine in car, I'm going to do a M56 VC since I already have one sitting in the garage.
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