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Old 01-10-2019, 08:27 PM   #831
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Aaaand we broke it.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:30 PM   #832
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Well, on a good note...you found why you were down on power.

Everything still inside the block?
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:34 PM   #833
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Well, on a good note...you found why you were down on power.

Everything still inside the block?
Yes, still intact and idles fine. Destroyed some bearings thats for sure.
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Old 01-11-2019, 11:06 AM   #834
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Ouch. Sorry to see this.
Your first post in this thread says, "It's not really a build". I think a new motor makes it officially a build.
Look at it this way; just about the whole car is new. Now you'll have a motor to match.
Good luck, hope it's not too "painful".
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Ouch. Sorry to see this.
Your first post in this thread says, "It's not really a build". I think a new motor makes it officially a build.
Look at it this way; just about the whole car is new. Now you'll have a motor to match.
Good luck, hope it's not too "painful".
Dave, well, I don't think it will be too terrible. It does still turn over remarkably well with what seems to be some excessive end play, hope we can save the crank and rods. Springs on the heads look to be set up poorly so I'm sure valvetrain will be dealt with now too.
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Old 01-11-2019, 01:44 PM   #836
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

Todd,
Sorry to hear the news. Just curious, did you do a leakdown on the engine prior to any passes upon purchasing? Have you checked leakdown since the dyno? Not that it matters now, but that is another logged item after every race that I perform on mine. Hopefully it is not too bad to get it fixed.

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Old 01-11-2019, 02:15 PM   #837
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Default Re: H-I-J '76 Nova re-fit.

That looks pretty minor compared to what some have done. Glad it was caught before " catastrophic failure" occurred. Please keep us in the loop on your findings and the rebuild.
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Old 01-11-2019, 03:17 PM   #838
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Yes, still intact and idles fine. Destroyed some bearings thats for sure.
I would take that ANY day, over my daughter oiling down her own tires and red-hot exhaust in the top end lights at a buck-fifteen.

None of the important stuff (heads, intake, etc.) were damaged- you'll come out of this okay.

Did it wipe the cam?
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:01 PM   #839
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Todd,
Sorry to hear the news. Just curious, did you do a leakdown on the engine prior to any passes upon purchasing? Have you checked leakdown since the dyno? Not that it matters now, but that is another logged item after every race that I perform on mine. Hopefully it is not too bad to get it fixed.

Good luck.
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Sean, thanks. I leaked it down before the dyno and it was 4%. I don't think it will be too bad, either way it's gotta be fixed. I'll know more early next week.
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:09 PM   #840
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That looks pretty minor compared to what some have done. Glad it was caught before " catastrophic failure" occurred. Please keep us in the loop on your findings and the rebuild.
I agree Tim, it was caught early for sure. We're leaving for the D2 banquet tomorrow morning so nothing will get sorted out this weekend. Plan is to get going on it Monday so we can order parts and get moving forward.
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