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Projects My Motor...good news/bad news

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BAD PENNY, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. BAD PENNY
    Joined: Aug 22, 2011
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    BAD PENNY
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    I got some good news and some bad news about a month ago. 1st the bad news...
    My brother Scott(327-365hp) and I started to tear down my motor for a clean up and re-paint. After pulling everything off for a look see we decided that it should be checked out by a Pro. So I called Dave's Auto Machine in Fitchburg (Dave50)and brought it up to him that afternoon. On the following Monday he called me with the bad news...it was pretty bad.
    The crank bearings were worn down to copper and the piston bores had ridges etc. etc. So it needs a total re-build. So what's the good news you ask ?? I didn't know either till Scott pointed out that we could of just painted it up and dropped it back in...and it probably would have blown up this summer...in the middle of the season. So, it's a good thing I guess.
    If anybody is int. I've posted progress pics on our re-do in "what's your winter project" .
    Picked the fresh motor up today and it looks great. We picked out a nice lumpy cam along with all the new "stuff". Now for some before and after pics.
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  2. bonesy
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    Everything happens for a reason - better to know now rather than on the side of the road.
     
  3. n847
    Joined: Apr 22, 2010
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    Bad Penny...Good news or bad news its all good now! Looks really good. Sorry you had the trouble but it is good you found out before it went south on the road!
     
  4. exact same thing happened to me!feels good don't it? i felt the same as you better now then on a road trip..
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  5. BAD PENNY
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    BAD PENNY
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    n847...is all good except my bank account's M-T. How'd you make out with the Gennie shifter ???

    glendale...your mill looks killer. Love the gold. Maybe I should have done mine like that.
     
  6. falcongeorge
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    What gold is that? Name, color code? Damn, that looks good.
     
  7. Retro Jim
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    It's always the bad news that you hate to hear when tearing down your engine , but the good news is you will now have a New Engine to drive for many years to come !

    Retro Jim
     
  8. Always an adventure when you crack one open. I've seen good-running motors show up things like broken rings, piston ring lands, scored cranks, yet they ran like raped apes. Nice job getting it back together.

    Bob
     
  9. LeadSledMerc
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    Cool...It looks like you're coming along nice on it. Better now than later!

    I can't wait to see it with the new front end in it!! :cool:
     
  10. BAD PENNY
    Joined: Aug 22, 2011
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    BAD PENNY
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    I just can't say enough good things about Dave's Auto Machine in Fitchburg Ma. (Dave50) on here. He's was so easy to deal with and really knows his stuff !!!! I wouldn't hesitate to use him again or recommend him to anyone.
     
  11. hotrodroadster32
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    Good to see the progress.
     
  12. 327-365hp
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    Turns out the motor had never been apart. With a date code of 1970, it must've had a gazillion miles on it. Dave took care of everything and I know it is going to run as good as it looks. The car is going to be a blast to drive with a 4 speed in it now.
     
  13. Dave50
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    Thanks Brett and Scott you both have been a pleasure to do buisness with. Brett It only hurts til the first ride, when your going through the gears and cruising all the work and money will be forgotten. You have a good piece.
     
  14. n847
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    Glendale... Now I'm regretting not putting some work into finding a gold paint that I liked! Thats killer! I wish I didn't have a week in getting mine blacked out!

    BAD PENNY...I just bolted up the Gennie last weekend and I'm hopping to drop the trans and engine in the next week or so I can't wait see how it looks...Thanks again!
    I was wanting to get intouch with you I saw another thread about shift knobs I think and you had a knob that you made for that Gennie...Do you still have it and are you willing to part with it. I was thinking about finding something cool and it would be neat to reunite the knob with the shifter;)
     
  15. Mr48chev
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    Good save. I've got a 455 Olds sitting in the shed that looked the same way when I pulled the pan to reseal it and decided to check the bearings just because.
     
  16. general gow
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    looks awesome! can't wait to see it out and about.
     
  17. cakes
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    same thing happened to me, pulled it for a repaint and freshen up found out I spun a rod bearing. full rebuild time and this time with some new slugs and some other "minor work"
    Guess what its Gold too
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  18. 327-365hp
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    WOW! That looks great!
     
  19. BAD PENNY
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    We did some more work to the motor on Sunday. (yes on Easter) Dave50 came down to Scott's garage (327-365hp) to give us a hand. We installed the water pump, fly wheel, clutch, pressure plate and muncie on it, then dropped it in. Feels pretty good to see it back in it's home.
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  20. n847
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    That looks damn nice...I thought you were gonna redo the firewall? Its always a good feeling to get the motor back in its home! I got mine laid down last night!
     
  21. flatoz
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    How to have something that sux and is great in one thread.

    at least you will be done and ready for the start of the season your brothers right on that.

    big question is how many more parts are going to get painted or new parts as they look shabby compared to that motor!
     
  22. 327-365hp
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    We are doing the firewall over, just waiting on the piece to get here. Flatoz is right, spent the afternoon cleaning up the alternator brackets for a repaint. I tried to talk Brett into chroming it!!! Haha
     
  23. DYNODANNY
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    That engine looks good sitting there.
     
  24. BAD PENNY
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    Everything else is new !!! I had replaced the starter, fuel pump, dist., coil and carb last year and bought a new alt. and water pump this spring. It's all good now...I hope.
     
  25. Dave50
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    It sure is purdy compared to this
     

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  26. BAD PENNY
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    Jeezze Dave...I hadn't seen that pic before, Thanks again.
     
  27. Dave50
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    Your welcome thank you for the buisness! But it must be that chrome water pump that is making it look so fine!!;)
     
  28. n847
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    Any more updates PENNY?
     
  29. BAD PENNY
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    BAD PENNY
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    Scott and I have been plugging away making slow but good progress. We got the toe board and floor done, the frame primed and painted, the new fire wall cover in and the motor and trannie dropped back in for the last time (I hope)
    Now we can install the new front end set up and radiator w/ grill shell. Still a lot of work to do inc. some under dash wiring, brake lines etc. etc.
    Thanks for the interest man !!!
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  30. 327-365hp
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    Wow, look how clean that garage is! :D
     

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