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Engine carnage, you know you love it

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Fraz, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. Fraz
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,818

    Fraz
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    from Dixon, MO

    Morbid people that we are. Bought a nailhead and ST400 last week for really cheap off eBay. The roadtrip was cool, turns out the guy I bought the engine from is Russ Eggleston, the guy that built this really badass gold 60's styled 28 Dodge truck. [​IMG]

    ANYWAY, I tore into the nailhead today. He said it was locked up. Found out why.
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    Yep, it ate a piston. What's left of it I'm holding up in the 2nd pic. You can see all the nummy goody bits in the damaged oilpan. I think it's cool, my 1st really semi-seriously hurt engine. The good news is besides the obvious carnage, there's not much wrong with the motor. Some scratching in the 'sploded cylinder that should be fine with the overbore I have planned anyway. No detail shots, I have poopy cellphone for pix only. Everything else that's wrong is getting replaced as well, so I hope to have this bugger up and runnin sometime soon.

    On a footnote, anyone need a nailhead pattern ST400?
     
  2. Newbomb Turk
    Joined: Feb 27, 2009
    Posts: 615

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    Bet that made some cool noises when it happened.
     
  3. Dude, I dont think one of my patented Krylon rebuilds will fix that! You got enough there to overhaul?

    Brad
     
  4. Double Caddy
    Joined: Feb 2, 2009
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    Double Caddy
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    from virginia

    oouuch that must of hurt when it went BANG!
     

  5. Get the block sonic and crack tested before putting $$ into it!
     
  6. wrenchrocket
    Joined: Mar 16, 2005
    Posts: 197

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    thats pretty nasty alm,ost as good as when my old boss tried to get one of our delivery trucks to start with starting fluid pre turbo, nothing like a cutaway CAT diesel
     
  7. Fraz
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    Fraz
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    from Dixon, MO

    Dunno about noises, he got it as a core, I bought it as the same thing. Should be enough left to rebuild. Aside from some rust scale in the water passages it is actually in nice shape. And yeah I'm gonna make sure the block's worth puttin money into.
     
  8. If all that happened was a piston coming apart and the block looks good, a sleeve should fix it.
    I busted a piston once at 5000 rpm, took the whole corner of the block out. My buddy, who was behind me, said all he saw was a big cloud of smoke. All I heard was a big "Thunk" and the rears locked for a second till I pushed the clutch.
    When I opened the hood the #1 rod was U shaped hanging from the stearing column.
     
  9. Guitar Guy
    Joined: Nov 24, 2008
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    and the fun work begins!!!
     
  10. Slostang
    Joined: Mar 25, 2009
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    ah that happened to me once but the rod wasn't happy just being free it took part of the exhaust out as well. With that little of piston left i'm surprised it didn't hurt the block worse Fraz. Goodluck on the rebuild .
     
  11. Fraz
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,818

    Fraz
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    from Dixon, MO

    Still got a ways to tear down till bare block then gonna really look in there and see how things are. Could be a much different story come tomorrow.

    My speculation is that it went BOOM and locked it's butt up in a rev or 2, limiting the damage. Like I say, it all could change tomorrow once I get further into it.
     

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