Sunday July 3, 2016 Guerneville CA.
We’ll find out what’s wrong today
I was getting it going this morning when John came to my door. He’d been out picking wild blackberries. He had this idea to paddle down to Monte Rio from the golf course which is up river and watch the fireworks from the water. I’d done that before and was sorta interested in doing that, if my body was in good shape after I worked on the van. We visited for awhile and I said I’d let him know later in the day.
He left and I started thinking about pulling the head out of the van which was my goal for the day. After all, I was interested in what’s been causing my loud clack in my engine and this was going to tell me pretty much what was going on so I can decide what action to take next to get the van back on the road as we’re burning summer.
I got started about noon
The fly swatter is there for traveling, no bugs to deal with while doing this job, except a couple skidders in the evening that aren’t’ overly aggressive.
Loosen up the rocker arm nuts
Push rod box organizer
The head bolts didn’t want to budge so I cheated
Now it was time to remove the head bolts, fourteen of them. I tried the air wrench first, but the bolts were stuck and wouldn’t budge with that, so I got out my half inch breaker bar and tried that. By putting all my body into it, I could loosen some of them, but I could see this wasn’t a good thing to do to my body so I checked my three quarter drive set, but it didn’t have a way to put the right size socket on it, so I looked for a cheater pipe and came up with this putting the half inch breaker bar inside this pipe. That did it. It was almost easy using the right method. Remember I’d like to go kayaking with John tonight, so I need to be in decent shape. :O)
Head damages don’t look bad
Piston damage doesn’t look good
That darn screw got my engine
There’s two parts to the screw. One with threads at the top with is stuck to the piston and the other part on the lower right which is the broken off head of the screw that has been smashed a bit bouncing around in that spot.
The hole does it in
Time to think on it
Now that I know what’s going on, I need to think on my options. do I replace the piston and fix this, or maybe weld up the hole or get a new long block, or is it time to install a 350 V8 engine while I’m still able to do it. The older I get the harder this will be to deal with if I need to do it later. I have some thinking to do. With the holiday going on, there’s not much else I can do anyway.-
Now I will rest up and get something to eat so I can go to the Monte Rio fire works tonight with John.