I FINALLY brought my '69 144s with 57K (original) miles to my mech to get it running figuring it was going to be a tune up, valve adjust or carb tuning at most.
However... After getting the points and condenser set up with spark, my mechanic couldn't get it started, he pulled the valve cover and checked the valves to see if they needed adjusting, which he did, to no avail.
He did a compression test which showed that the two middle cylinders were no good. That I would need a valve job.
So I don't know where this leaves me. It seems a daunting task not to mention costly. My mechanic told me he would call up the machine shop he uses to get a quote. (eek!)
What are possible scenarios as to what would cause this to happen?
At 57K miles... This doesn't sound right. Can it be right?
I did a search in the archived files and came across some advice in the 240 section. Titled: 'Tuning up my wagon...WOW!' towards the end of the string a couple members stated the unless the engine was really abused, there would really be NO reason for a Valve Job...
Would this apply to a Weber carbureted B20?
The guy I bought this car from said it was running perfectly and went to the parts store to do get the necessary tune-up supplies, etc. After a conversation with the clerk at the store who musta wanted a bigger sale,
he proceeded to do a valvae adjustment and carb tuning at the same time with no prior experience doing either!!!
He said it ran fine for awhile then started acting up.
I guess I bought his headache.
He was moving. Sweet, sweet price.
It is a mint ride all around. Southern ride, no rust, low miles. All original with extra parts in original packaging. Grille guard and A/C.
If, in fact this is the case... While I'm doing that, are there any upgrades, go fast goodies I can add to enhance the ride?
ANY and ALL advice welcomed.