Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Fresh it up

Time to freshen up the 390cid in the Edsel. One burnt intake valve for sure. so the heads will come off and be sent out for cleaning, inspection and rebuild if they are ok. Then take a look at the slugs and see if they are in good shape and if the cylinder walls are ok.

No, we never did rebuild it when we took it out of storage. Cleaned it up, Dupont overhaul and just gave it a whirl. It went about 3,000 miles before the valve burnt. Not bad for a engine that sat since 1970.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Ten Bucks

Yup, I got myself Ten whole Dollars for 30 seconds of work. Well, actually I got more than that for the work I did later on but that was not the fun part.

A Customer, who will remain nameless (thanks Mr. Harrington) was having issues with his Chevy Truck. It had been running like crap and then finally one cold morning it wouldn't start. He stopped by and asked me what was wrong. Well.....I don't know, I haven't had a chance to see or hear it let alone begin diagnosing it. Tow it in and I will take a look. He asked if there where any tricks he could try to get it running. I gave him a few. In the end though the tricks didn't work so he pulled the truck in.

When he arrived he let us know how unhappy he was with his attempts. Dad, jokingly, told him to leave it in the lot and we would start it and drive it in. Well, that went over well. Our customer (thanks Mr. Harrington) said out loud. "I'll give ten dollars to whoever can start that truck right now!"

Sooooo, I jumped in and spun the engine over, put the throttle down to the point of clear flooding the ECU and it started to fart and pop and then started. Flooded out.

The look on his face was priceless. Not to stop there, I put my hand out and asked for the ten dollars. He grinned and told me I would get my ten dollars and in the end, I did.