The engine bottom obviously had work done to it. Why I have one odd ball piston is beyond me. Must have been my Dad's depression upbringing. I ordered new rings and rod bearings. The crank looked okay and the bearings were pretty good. One exception was a rod journal that looked iffy. 2000 grit emery cloth made it fine!:thumbsup: The corresponding rod bearing was shot. Looked like it had been sitting in sour oil for several years. Which is entirely possible.
Have new rings coming so I honed the cylinders out and for the most part look great. A couple of spots look okay but will work. New timing chain and sprockets also on the way. I found reman heads with hardened seat for right at $650 each here: https://www.jegs.com/c/Engines-Components/10175/10002/-1
Heads are bad on this Buick 350. I knew that going into this build. Local NAPA wants
$800-900 to rebuild them with new harden seats. I did a bunch of research(cost) and found that RockAuto had the best deal for me (keep shipping in mind) so I ordered a pair of heads. No wait they only have one but will tell me when the next one will be shipped! NO wait, the product has been discontinued and probably will never be re-added to the inventory.:bad-words:bad-words. So the 1 head will be here in 2 days or so they say!. I will then probably just take my 1 core to NAPA and get it done. Tired of screwing around with this thing. Todays' progress:
Shot color on the fenders and door yesterday again. After it flashed i saw all kinds of crap in the paint. Shop was clean so i just could not figure it out. Then I did a really good job of cleaning my gun. The crap was from stuff breaking loose and getting shot out in the paint flow. S**T:banghead: :banghead:
So with a silver felt tip I went back over my work and marked everything. Then--you guessed it- more sanding.
After I sanded all those felt tip marked places out I shot another 3 coats of color:thumbsup:
Thanks Chris. I am just never satisfied with what I do. A curse that every DYIer has I think. We see the mistakes/flaws/goofs, not the good stuff. So it helps to once in a while to hear/see positive feedback.
Spent the last couple of weeks tearing apart, acid dipping in muriatic acid, cleaning, sanding, and recleaning the heater box and blower assembly. Feels really good to be hanging parts back on rather than tearing apart.
Well I am kind of stalling until I get a head back from the machine shop. so I can get the engine all back together. A week or so ago they said they would be able to get at in in a week and a half.:banghead: :banghead:
I want to land it in the bay before putting on the inner and fenders. Going to pull the cab back off when I do that. EXCEPT there is now where to put stuff. Normally I would move things outside but we are butt deep in snow and below 20 degree temps.