Back to install new motor
Been a while since i have been around, been dealing with the myriad of problems caused by a 30' fall 3 years ago. "luckily" i am still on my feet and up until last spring me and the better half had been enjoying the Tempest car shows, cruises, long country drives to see the sunset.
Fast forward to last spring, i had a re-hab appt. on a beautiful early spring day so i came home and grabbed the Tempest thinking i could hit Autozone and grab a set of plugs and some rotella for a tune up, had no worries as i keep her in insulated barn over winter and keep battery tender on with a start and warm up every few weeks. Stopped and filled her up with a top off of 5 gallons of torco race gas. As im turning right at a 25 roll just getting to my appointment and goose it gently it backfires and I see "steam" coming out the front and the engine dies. I wheel it into the edge of the gas station and get out to see the paint on my hood scoop boiling. i open the hood and flames singe my eyebrows, carbs on fire, luckily i had a damp towel in the backseat which i quickly grabbed and covered the carb after getting the melted air cleaner off. Onsite evaluation, Paint hood inside and out with bodywork, stip and paint intake, new carb(s), new 8mm wires, new air cleaner and filament, clean complete engine compartment and firewall. Sometimes you gotta laugh or you'll cry!!
Slow forward, car in shop for two months, worked out a deal to get the hood top and deck sprayed so it wold blend good , have car towed back and install new manifold and a dual quad manifold with two Quickfuel 600 carbs, squirt of gas and a few pumps and fires right up. Sitting in the drivers seat sounded good for a fresh start without any tuning, wife was out front watching for leaks. I get out as it reaches an idle and walk around to the sound of a sharp rapping on the passenger front of the lower end.....SHUT HER DOWN!!!
Pull the motor and up to the speed shop it goes, two shot bearings, timing gear shot ( while it was out had it all gone through with line bore, crank balance and polish, cyl. hone, rings, already had full roller set-up, and forged internals).
Motor is ready, I am thinking i am going to have it broken in on a motor dyno, is 500.00 fair? Thinking its worth it so i only have to put the motor back in once. as i am a little limited on the creeper these days although it came out suprisingly easy with a helper and its bagged and tagged for re-install and still blocked in place.
Well just wanted to relate my trials and tribulations, this place was an integral part in me building the car, and i am sure i will need your infinite wisdom in getting it back up and running as the memory is not what it used to be.
Hey BearGFR see you are doing yours too, remember we built at the same time, what happened with yours??