Well, I had a bitter sweet victory last night. Got the engine in and running. It ticked a little, but we figured that it had probably been sitting for a while and just needed to reprime everything. Eventually the ticking quieted down. At idle. Took it for a drive around the block and it ticks under load. It is quiet when coasting. It'* also quiet in park or neutral, even revved way up. It'* just when I'm on the throttle (light or heavy, doesn't matter.)
Everybody keeps telling me that I should just buy a reman engine, but I don't really want to do that. I've already swapped the engine twice and I really don't want to do it again. Any recommendations on engine treatments or cleaners/flushes? I think I'll try that first. If it doesn't work, I might just trade it in for something newer.
'96 Jade SLE "Twilight" -- Sold :(
'01 Silver Grand Prix SE
'88 SBC Ford Mustang Convertible (work in progress)
'72 Mustang Hardtop
'06 MINI Cooper *