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|The ride of shame :-(|
|What happened ?|
|I don't see any oil trail to the trailer,,|
|Better in one piece riding in shame than strewn all over the trailer. You'll have it on the road next week.|
|Heading home after a club lunch 60 miles south ...running about 65 into a hell of a head wind wind...started losing some power and I could hear some rattling under load.....oil pressure at a steady 55 and temp a steady 80. Pulled over....idling rough and car smoking at idle, Guys behind be said they never saw any smoke. Called my brother in law who lives about 8 miles from where we were and he came to the rescue. It's in the garage waiting now waiting for some investigation. Ughhhh.
Probably a seized exhaust valve - happened to me a mile from home. Sounds almost exactly like the symptoms I had.
|We are all hopeful it is a simple fix. Do keep us posted.|
|How much boost do you run, Laverne? And what altitude were you at when this happened. At 65 MPH with a 4.3 cwp, I'm guessing that you would be looking at abt. 3600 RPM. But with a head wind, that could be imposing a load on the engine. You might not have been developing sufficient torque. I'm thinking of a lean mixture/high cyl pressures = possible head gasket.|
With a blower, I would be using premium fuel.
Do you use a solid gasket a or the standard one? When I was running a Marshall (abt. 8.5 lbs), I blew several head gaskets, 'till I switched to a solid one - problem solved.
|Could the rattling have been heavy pinging? If so, sounds like a blown head gasket. A leak-down test should tell you exactly where the problem lies.|
|I had just a little time for it this morning. Pulled the valve cover and all is well with the valve train. A cold compression test revealed 59 and 60 lbs in the 3 and 4 cylinders. I removed the radiator cap to the sound of some pressure releasing.. most likley a blown head gasket. |
It's making 7 lbs at full boost...changed out to a 4.55 rear end this winter and this is the first time I've had a chance to run it and I think I am going to like it a lot better than the 4.3... at about 5000 ft elevation or so Gord. A solid gasket may be in order...along with the ARP studs I have sitting on the shelf. I'm hoping it's just the gasket but even still I think it's time to build the engine with a few other trick parts internally as well. I probably won't be doing anything with it until I get bill's TF out of here and that's probably a month away.
|That's a long time for the hornet to be down. What sort of trick parts? Are you gonna build it up similar to mine?|
|I'm thinking some appropriate pistons, rods, Len's cam, better water pump, lighten the flywheel a bit|
|I have the brown and gammon flywheel. I love it!|
|Those symptoms sound an awful lot like what I experienced last November on my TF-1500. The head gasket failed between 3 and 4, but mine had zero compression on those 2 cylinders.|
|LaVerne, I had Venolia out of california make my pistons,great job. Crower made my rods, those too are great. just a thought, I dont have any intrest in these companys just they did right by me.|
|Thanks Tom, I look into it.|
|I have saenz rods and somebody's forged pistons but can't remember who's. I could look it up if you need me to.|
you are not alone.
Last weekend the half shaft of the rear axle broke.
I'd emailed Dave Clark - hope he will answer soon.
This thread was discussed between 01/05/2016 and 04/05/2016
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