The rod bearings in the #1 and #2 pistons went. I replaced them, hoping the crank was fine. Turns out it wasn't and blew the bearings up again, taking the block with them.
In other news, I really really hate dishonest people. After getting the engine swapped in, and everything hooked up and running perfectly... I installed the digital instrument cluster. Couldn't get the speedometer to work. Then I remembered that the speedometer in the parts car didn't work either... Pulled the speedometer gear out of the transaxle.....
Top gear is from the parts car. Bottom gear is the one that was in my car to begin with. If I had known this during the swap, no issues. But as it is now, I have to pull the engine out again to have a working transaxle... And the previous owner (some teenager that "upgraded" to a Civic) nor his dad (who restored a 1965 El Camino, he should know better) mentioned anything about this.
Okay campers, now I have a bit of an annoying issue that I need to remedy.
After sitting overnight, the car is very hard to start. It'll whirl over for a few seconds, catch a bit, keep whirling, catch a bit, etc. Whenever it catches I'll stomp on the gas and eventually it'll start after a couple times. After sitting in the parking lot at work or uni it'll whirl over for a bit but catch on its own without my help.
The donor car started up no problems every time I went to start it. This car also started every time without any problems when I went to start it. The original engine has the factory alternator and starter still on it while the donor car has aftermarket ones (none too old, either).
Any thoughts on this issue? Possibly a bad ground to the starter? The engine is getting ample spark and fuel.
Restoration begins... Its nice to have straight body bits on.
I took off the 5-spokes due to an imbalance issue causing the car to try and shake itself apart... not having any money to get 'em balanced I'll run these steelies for now. They have better tires on them anyways.
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