Customers - gotta love 'em.

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Customers - gotta love 'em.

Post by PackardV8 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:32 am

My machinist built a mud truck BBC long block for a local guy who paid for good parts in it and sent it home with him last fall. It took our hero all winter to finish it, outside but supposedly under cover for a while before completing it and installing it. On startup, it kept blowing off the oil filter. We gave him another oil pump and oil filter adapter; same result; cold start blew off the filter. Bring it all back, we said.

Since the original oil pump was on the bench, we started there; first clue, it was rusty on the outside. Upon disassembly, the pressure relief valve was stuck solid; required a tap to remove it. There were rust stains on the valve body.

Removing the pan, there rust on the windage tray; lotsa water had been in there. Our guess is during the build, the distributor wasn't in place and water was getting in there.

Since the second pump was only exposed for a short while, we couldn't believe it could be the same problem; it wasn't rusty outside, but inside, the same thing; pressure relief valve was stuck tight. It must have set outside, maybe in the truck cab, for a week in this cold, wet spring before he installed it.

Guys, your warranty doesn't cover new engine parts left outside under a tarp over six moths of a cold, wet, winter and spring.
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Post by travis » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:27 am

I got to fix a similar deal several years ago. A friend of mine bought a ‘78 Dodge Warlock (precursor to the little red express) for cheap. Previous owner had built a 318 for it that lasted about 50 miles, then locked up tight. My friend come dragging it to the shop on a trailer...we did some preliminary troubleshooting and then tore into it. I pulled a big coffee can full of leaves, sticks, pecans, etc out of it. Oil pump was plugged solid with trash...everything inside was burnt black and blue.

I also got to see what happens to blue silicone when used as an exhaust manifold gasket lol

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Post by 427dart » Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:53 pm

You would think some personal value would be applied to the parts and work the customer spent his money on. Like store long block well bagged and oiled down in a shed or covered porch or even a buddy's garage!

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Post by Newold1 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:25 pm

Can't fix stupid ! :wink:

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Post by ProPower engines » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:43 pm

Newold1 wrote:
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:25 pm
Can't fix stupid ! :wink:
No but you can repeatedly invoice it :lol: I just love guys that just don't have the brains enough to seal a new engine they spent good money on then wonder why water screwed up the bores or rusted them solid so it will burn out the starter trying.
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Post by PackardV8 » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:51 pm

You do a lot of boat engines, so know some of their owners are seriously retarded. Every spring we get a lot of cores from boat yards that were left to freeze over the winter; clean, low hours, just need a new block. At present, my machinist is prepping a new block for a frozen 460" BBF.
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Post by englertracing » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:56 pm

He was ”seasoning" it :D

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