If not allowed then I suppose delete, but who doesn't like:
A) Watching someone else spend their money
B) Watching someone else bask in ignorance (I should have quit this project before I started)
C) Engine build threads (more so a revival then a performance build)
Running total on project: $$1466.00
I always wanted one of these things in highschool, but they seemed to be fairly rare and getting more rare as the years went on, so when I found this one on the marketplace for 500.00 I decided to live my youthful lust for them in my mid 30's...
So here is this bad decision when I got it home
It would shoot flames out of the throttle body when I tried to start it with ether, the interior was terribly dirty, but I figured a good hazmat suit, a shop vac and some rags soaked in acetone should disinfect the thing enough to make it driveable.
Gas to pick it up with truck and trailer 5 hours away 155.00
Compression check showed dismal results....
Cylinder 1=0 2=35 3=90 4=0, healthy it should read 130+ so I checked timing, timing was off two teeth at the crank, but that shouldn't have caused the numbers I am seeing. Given this is a NON interference motor I figured the valves didn't touch the pistons so I was safe there, or was I???
Time to pull the motor
Success, turns out separating the transmission in the car is a huge PITA, so I will certainly be installing them as a unit, if I don't give up on this hunk first...
Motor out, several pounds of cat litter and bloody knuckles later, the engine is on a stand, as I am rotating the motor gravity and rotational force had become allies and were collaborating behind my back. The engine swung around and the poor distributor hit the I beam on the engine stand shattering in glorious fashion, sending the rotor and distributor bits across the garage...FFF
I powered on... Getting the valve cover off, timing belt, head,and cams..
I have to admit when I started this project, my budget was 1200.00 including the purchase price, this was going to be a cheap daily to screw around with and the escort GT notch on my belt... It's looking more expensive now, I have never seen a motor where every piston has seen some ****, but somehow held it together. I feel like they must have been giving eachother words of encouragement to just keep on going....
I am also completely impressed the cylinders are not scored super bad, and there is still cross hatching... This motor is a trooper, it makes me want to save it even more, but 1200.00 will not do the job.
My best guess is this thing over heated and the rings got too tight causing the pistons to crack/defecate... I am not sure how else to explain this damage...
My rockauto cart is currently at 900.00 this includes everything to put the engine back together and a clutch, I have yet to complete purchase, what says the forum? Should I press on? If I go over budget then I am committed to finishing this thing, which is fine, I have considered raising the budget to 2k, but I still have to wonder what other surprises this obviously neglected GT has hidden in and around the other moving bits...