Its been a while since Ive been here, mainly because It'* been awfully busy at work and school, and I've been forced to slowly Piece Meal my moms car back together.
Heres the story
98 L36 Bonnie, on engine #3.
First one blew apart (Thank you GM for the intake manifold issue)
Second one wore out after 60K miles (THank you PowerPro Engines for selling me a non-repairable engine)
Third one has 700 miles and its smoking like a mother, and im getting coolant in the crankcase.
I spent MONTHS on engine #3 making sure everything was Perfect during assembly.
Engine was machined by the local machine shop, heads were also refreshed and gone through professionally. Hone Aligned and spun by hand beautifully.
I DID have issues with my machine shop trying to pawn off a cracked block the first time. Had to fight with them to get a good block the second time around.
I paid to have the block and heads checked before machining....but it didnt help to catch the first motor they tried to give me.
Fell Pro Gaskets top to bottom. Heads torqued per the GM ESI manual, as all the rest of the fasteners were too.
Well, it ran great for 2 weeks, and when I changed the oil at 700mi I noticed coolant scumming up the filler neck and cap.
I did a compression test, all cylinders except for the front two were 145psi. The other two were 135psi. I didnt think that was too far out, so I changed the intake gaskets, and didn't see anything out of the ordinary. No Melting, no cracking. The intake was a Bugger to get off, as I had it sealed very well.
New gaskets on, and still getting moisture.
Took it for a drive to get the remaining air pockets out, and suddenly the car was engulfed in a cloud of bluish white smoke.
It continued all the way home.
What do I do?
Cut my $7,000 invested as a loss?
Crush the car and forever be done with it?
Right now im looking at pulling it out and putting in a $500 junkyard motor.
Honestly, I am beside myself with stress and grief. I honestly do not know what to do, and I need some solid advice. It took me alot of hard work to get this thing together and in the car (by myself, by the way), and only to find out i'm no further ahead than when I started, except for more in debt.
What do I do?