A few days ago I finally got a chance to drop the heads off to get rebuilt. A family friend recommended Motor Machine and Supply down in Chula Vista, so I popped down there before heading up to work and dropped the parts off. The turn around was supposed to be less than a day, […]
Armed with good tools this time I managed the strip the heads down without any issues. The block looks like it’s in decent shape, but the heads really look beat. Time for the machine shop to do its magic.
Came home from work and attempted to finish the tear down. Had to pick up a T55 star key for the heads. Got one bolt loose before the key broke on the second bolt. Life lesson #1: you get what you pay for, so don’t buy cheap tools.
The engine tear down has commenced. Worked all day and well into the night. I got the engine down to the heads and the outlook not good so far. The engine water was about 50% rust and all the intake parts were coated with burned up carbon. This damn thing is so dirty even the […]
I spent the last week driving the truck around hoping to get the rough idle shaken out, but to no avail. Burned through a tank and a half of gas with octane booster and injector cleaner but it’s still running rough. It’s looking like it may be a bent valve. I also took the truck […]
With the arrival of the Exploder I had to shift my focus, and limited budget, to prepping for the trip and with that I’m selling my beloved 1965 Chevy C10 which I have christened Saffron. I bought Saffron about a year ago after a long struggle with owning a classic 68 Mustang. There was nothing […]
I got the pink slip from Will today. WOOT I can officially transfer and register it.
I drove the truck around a bit and the motor is still running pretty rough. I ran a compression and diagnostic check and it reveled one cylinder had low pressure, but the diagnostics all came up clean. The truck runs rough at idle, but raise the RPMs and it runs smooth. I’m hoping its just […]
A couple of weeks ago I picked up this awesome, and free, 1992 Ford Explorer aka “Exploder” from my buddy Will. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s been sitting for the last couple of years and it’s in need of some TLC. My overall budget for a truck was around $7000, so getting this […]
Since the truck was in traction I decided to research some accessories that I’ll be taking on the trip. After a lot of reading and googling I ended up buying a winch, an air compressor, and a roof mounted tent. The winch is a Warn M8000 winch with the multi-mount plate. It will absoultely come […]