Just thought I would drop a note explaining whats been happening up here in the northeast woods.. I have been waylayed from woodworking by a beast of an engine overhaul in my trusty old F150.. she has been very good to me up to this point, 280,000 plus on her but alas she has coughed and gasped and died..
thought that it was a head gasket, so after 4 hours of work just to get to the valve cover, I commenced removal of the head.. well as things go on engines with this much age and millage on them its a 1988, managed to break off a head bolt trying to take the head off.
this resulted in two days of drilling and tapping to get the threads ready for a new bolt..so now I am ready for the reassembly….So I take the wire wheel to the head to get it all cleaned up to put back on, took all the springs off the valves, checked the seats and installed new valve guide seals..get down to the last exhaust valve and think I may see something.. sure enough, cracked….ERRRRR…. took it to the local machine shop to see if there is anything they can do for me.. he said he could attach a short piece of chain and I could use it for an anchor on my boat..quite nice of him…
Well I needed to check my options.. $400.00 for a reconditioned head or $150.00 for a 1989 engine that
has been sitting in storage since 1990. being the Yankee that I am, I of course chose the engine for $150.00.
put a wrench on the crankshaft and it turned so it must be good..
Brought the new engine home, pretty much went through it as much as i could, checked the rod and main bearings, flushed the crankcase, replaced the oil pump, then redid the head like before, all new gaskets, Head, exhaust, intake, front and rear main seal.. etc etc…
the whole time there is a hard spot in the engine when you turn it over with a wrench, it will turn, but there is a hard spot.. I thought and my buddy who is also wrench inclined, we have both worked as mechanics in the past, thought that once it turned over a few times it would work it out.. figured it was just a spot of deposits on a cylinder wall or something from sitting.. like I said it would turn, but had a hard spot..
Well got it together and in the cradle, all hooked up and ready to go.. turns out that hard spot was just enough to keep it from turning over fast enough to start.. would rip right over to that spot then stop.. hit the key would go by the spot then zip right over till it hit that spot again and stop.,. after two days of trying everything I could to make it work, decided that I would have to rip it out again and cannibalize two engines to make one that works..
That’s where I stand tonight, right in the middle of taking one out and putting another in… swapping everything from the top of this one on to the other in the hopes that I will have a good one in the end..
will have to replace rod and main bearings in this one due to excessive millage.
I have managed to make some nice woodworking tools in between wrenching though, made a real nice maple and black walnut mallet, a cherry spoke shave with a iron from a old cracked one, and a nice 17” fore plane with a white oak body, cherry tote and ash wedge. the iron came from a old coffin plane that like most of the old ones had blown out one side.. will have pics very soon, camera on the fritz at the moment..
Would love to be spending my time working wood, but ya gotta have wheels and mine are sitting still until I get her fixed.. So that where I have been, hopefully you all have fared better than I as of late.. I much prefer sawdust over grease and oil but what are ya gonna do?.. best wishes to all.. be back at it soon.. guess this isint a question, or a poll, just more of me getting it off my chest.. a frustrated woodworker stuck in the land of grease and oil.. Papa