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peterld  



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have the block hot-tanked and then rebuild it.
Everything looks OK. Measure carefully, then new rings/bearings/gaskets etc. Maybe consider a very light hone of the bores. Slight excessive piston to bore clearance can be taken up by ceramic coating the piston skirts.
Similarly with the head. Have it cleaned then lap valves/seals/gaskets etc.
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Alleycat_Joe  



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peterld wrote:
...Measure carefully, then new rings/bearings/gaskets etc. Maybe consider a very light hone of the bores. Slight excessive piston to bore clearance can be taken up by ceramic coating the piston skirts.
Similarly with the head. Have it cleaned then lap valves/seals/gaskets etc.


Thanks! That answered a lot of my questions.
Are 931 and 924 piston rings the same? It looks like Grant rings are the most affordable and initial research shows they're cast iron and are reliable. Any downsides to that brand if I plan to do an actual engine build in the future?

I took measurements of the bores at the top and middle, front-to-back and side-to-side. I took a picture of my calipers from the largest bore measurement for "digital enhancement," as shown below:



ENHANCE!



Upon closer inspection it looks like my largest bore diameter was in the range of 86.58-86.61mm. Given I'm honing group 602 (86.52mm) and 0.08mm is the wear limit, boring and oversized pistons are technically required, but since my compression test was within spec for that cylinder (#2), I'd rather save that for a year or two down the road, maybe get a second engine to build over time. I'm hesitant to try ceramic coating the piston as I don't have a lot of funds to send them off or buy the sandblaster to prep the pistons for coating at home. Has anyone here successfully ceramic coated pistons at home without a sandblaster?

Fun fact: cylinder 3 has the least wear.

The connecting rod with the most side clearance was 0.279mm, well within the 0.4mm wear limit.

The kicker though was the crankshaft end play, which measured to a whopping 0.736mm! The wear limit there is 0.25mm, so I guess I need a new journal bearing, therefore a new bearing set like
peterld recommended.

There was no radial play in any of the bearings (by feel) so I'm surprised the crankshaft end play was so drastic. Here's a picture where I measured so please correct me if I measured wrong:





Maybe this is the damage I caused with my "double-crowbar underhand backside kick" maneuver when trying to separate the driveshaft from the crankshaft while under the car? (Edit: not likely)

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who set up and participated in the bearing group buy in 2009; it looks like ebs-racing still manufactures them today, probably because of those individuals!

Edit: Well here’s my problem.



The thrust bearing is worn completely flat on the front, and it has worn a groove into the crankshaft (where the crankshaft touches the thrust bearing on the front).





I was unable to get a precise reading on the depth of the wear on the crankshaft, so hopefully it’s in the realm of <0.1mm.



I measured the thickness of the bearing faces (~1mm on the back and ~0.5mm on the front) so the front face is worn in the range of 0.540mm +-0.133mm. Hopefully this is where the crankshaft end play originates, and if I install a new thrust, endplay should be within the wear limits. I’m worried however that I need a new crankshaft, because of the groove in the crankshaft. I plan on plastiguaging the other bearings, and if everything else is within the wear limit I found a source for a new thrust bearing alone. I may just replace the thrust bearing alone and use this motor as a test bed for the EFI set up while I gather build parts for possibly a second engine. Thoughts?

Edit 2: I removed all the bearing caps and decided to go ahead on a full bearing set, as most of them had some scoring. Luckily all the journals looked great, considering the lack of maintenance this engine saw. This is the only way for me to determine if I need a new crank. Surprisingly the rod bearings and journals looked healthier, but still had a couple grooves. I plan to file a relief cut on the thrust bearing to allow extra oil to reach the front thrust surface. Hopefully this will mitigate the wear issue without significantly impacting oil pressure.

Edit 3: Thrust bearing clearance is in spec! 0.051mm on the journal surface and 0.189mm for crankshaft end play! That leaves me at 0.061mm before the end play wear limit but it’s good enough for me to not have to grind and go oversize.
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Alleycat_Joe  



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 20, 2021 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still hard at work here, I've put in around 20 hours since the last post cleaning and checking tolerances. So far nothing bad except warpage in the head and block. Block is within spec but this engine was clearly overheated, since the head is way out of spec, which explains the fan switches in the mess of wiring under the dash.
Every first piston ring was broken in at least two places, one piston even had four separate pieces flinging around. Make that another case for bad S1 ring design.



The valve keepers were an absolute pain, requiring a hydraulic press to remove. That's normal, right?



One piston had metal debris embedded in the side, causing deep scoring on the wall. Wild stuff.




I filed down the valve damage on the piston heads, it had been left to hot spot and attract detonation by the mechanics who replaced the valves. There is evidence of detonation on pistons 3 and 4 between the valve indents. Everything seems fine to reuse, aside from bearings.



Also what the hell holds some of these paper gaskets on their surfaces? Seems like they're bonded on a molecular level or some shit. Had a time trying to clean up the oil pump.



Corrosion in the block has been addressed with a vinegar bath and wire brushes. Pretty happy with the results, but I only have a "during" picture.


Sadly, seven of the EBS Racing bearings were damaged during shipment or manufacturing, but they sent replacements ASAP, which was nice.



All-in-all good progress, but this is a lot more damage than I was anticipating based on my discussions with the seller. It's a good learning experience and I have the time, so I'm grateful in the end, as long as I can get done within the year.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Title acquired and transferred into my own name! Let the spending begin!
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2021 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm watching so keep it up!
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