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Old 10-05-2007, 12:20 AM   #31
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Thanks, jr's3800.
I appreciate that info.
...and thanks for the photo.
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I've been gone for a bit... Sorry to hear the damage is so severe!

Don was right - as usual.

I've never had an engine down that far, but I don't see that you have much to lose by trying to do it yourself. It beats paying $1500 to fix an '87, anyway.
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Old 10-08-2007, 01:06 PM   #33
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Well, my cousin gave me this car, back in the summer of 2004.
He gave me all of the records of service and repair, in a small briefcase, that date back to the day of his original purchase.
The 112 thousand miles are original.
This is the first real expense.
The car has been well-maintained.
The frame is straight.
It has suffered no collisions.
I don't think that I could ever replace the auto for $1,500.00.
If I bought a used vehicle, it would probably be in just about the same condition in no time at all.
...plus, if it came from a used car lot, it would cost at least $3,000.00, no matter what kind of car it was.
By the way:
What caused the bent valves?
Contact with pistons?
What about them?
Is there a possibility of further damage?
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Its possible that you could have hurt the wrist pins.... But the wrist pins on these motors are very stout for the purpose they served.. More or less they are really overbuilt.. But again, Its really hard to say what damage may have been done..

I have seen many cars that crushed valve that went on to live long healthy lives after the issues( Valves, or heads ) were fixed or replaced..

So you might just be ok..

The question is how bad were the crowns of the pistons damaged? And how bad are the valves bent?

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Thanx for the uplift, jr's3800.
I needed it.
The mechanic didn't mention any noises, just that it misses on three cylinders.
He'* gonna take it for a short test ride to see if I can drive it home.
It'* only about five blocks away.
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Let us know if you manage to get it home

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$445.68 later...
I drove it home.
...about 7 blocks.
It died once, but restarted promptly.
I shifted into neutral whenever I needed to stop.
It shook and stuttered.
Now, I have to begin taking off the heads.
That can be done in one day, can't it?
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$445.68 later...
I drove it home.
...about 7 blocks.
It died once, but restarted promptly.
I shifted into neutral whenever I needed to stop.
It shook and stuttered.
Now, I have to begin taking off the heads.
That can be done in one day, can't it?
Yes this ca be done in one day..

Are the injector pig tails numbered?

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Well, I guess I can number them.
Is there a good way to do it?
Twist-ties and paper strips, by cylinder number?
I don't have to buy any special injector removal sockets or anything, do I?
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No special tools that I can think of... Injectors just pull out, with or without the fuel rail.

Masking tape would work for numbering the injector plugs, too. Just fold into a little flag, sharpie on a number.
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