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Old 12-15-2005, 05:26 PM   #21
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Oh ok, i was just wondering because I wouldnt even think of putting a greasy engine, in my car... so have you made any headway on the motor yet?
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naw not going to touch it until the snow melts.
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ofnarcr: stress on the crank? You seen the pics of my crank? What about all the carnage? IT'* SHOT. I really don't care about the engine whatsoever. All it has to do is move down the road for a few miles, then come back home.

I think she'll do it. Right before I fire her up [which still won't be for a while, btw], I will ask her very politely if she'll do me one last favour.. and hopefully she will.
Yeah i figured you probally didn't care. I was just saying thats for the other people that might try this. Sounds like it will work but you might have to move some stuff around.
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Hmm, you might have a problem with getting oil pressure to the good rods and the main bearings. The engine might not last any longer, and will blow some more rods, something you don't want, lol.

Maybe plug the oil holes to where the damaged/missing rods once sat, and you'll get the pressure to the other rods, where it'* needed.

If you do get a junker engine, make sure its either got low kms, or if you get something with high kms, replace the oil pump, cam magnet (interrupter) and all of the rod bearings. Its one way you can make sure the new one won't be blowing rods anytime soon!
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Read your post but don't know exactly which rod (*) you have spun or broken or ???

But...you sure can run an engine on some of its cylinders. I did it on a 1974 Catalina with a 400 cid V8.

Here'* what I did. Inspired by an old article in the Mother Earth News, to keep the engine balanced, I disabled every other cylinder in the firing order. In that engine, I blocked the intake runners by machining a brass plug and loctiting it into one side of the bottom bore of the two-barrel carburetor that fed the disabled cylinders. I must have blocked the accelerator pump nozzle on that side too. I ground the exhaust valves on the disabled cylinders till they looked like the letter "Y". This was to minimize the spring effect of compression on the dead cylinders. (You could probably avoid this step.) Pushrods were removed and the lifters for both valves on the disabled cylinders were lifted up off the cam at the high point and loctited into their bores to block the lifter oil passages.

The thing became a 200 cid. and I drove it that way for about 6 months. It was really awful. I lived in a very hilly town (Morgantown WV) and although it would pull the steepest hill in town, it would just barely move doing it. If I had lived in Kansas, it probably would have been not so bad. The engine started right up, idled nice and smooth and drove and shifted normally, even though seriously underpowered.

Just wanted to let you know that this kind of thing CAN be done, if you really want to mess around with it. Just don't expect much from it when you do.
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