Duhhhhh Moment

Discussion in 'The "Pure" Stockers' started by Tim Clary, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. Tim Clary

    Tim Clary Well-Known Member

    Man ohh man... I have worked on ALOT of cars and rebuilt ALOT of engines over the years. But this one is right up there with the dumb ass using anti-seize for bearing lube !!!

    My fire chief has a buddy that has a nice low mile 67 fairlane 500 289 2v C-4, problem is it's been at 3 different shops over the last 8 months trying to figure out what the noise was.. No luck, :Do No::Dou:

    Hmmm , the last guy even rebuilt the trans.. saying that would fix it.. A C-4 for a $1000 even reusing the same converter !!!!!! Not!! But hey I shimmed your starter for free. ( because the flexplate was grinding the cone off! ) Noise still there..

    So they go pick it up because it can't be driven the way it is.. Stops by my place with it on the trailer and asks if I could listen to the noise. Starts it up and it's quiet. HMmMm.. revs it up and HOLY crap that sounds bad!!! Unload it and put it up on my hoist. Have rick start the car while in the air, Flexplate is EATING the midplate and starter. Thought to myself.. ok the dumbass put the flexplate on backwards- easy fix.. pop the trans out, strike one... hmmm must be wrong flexplate ( needs to be replaced anyways, starter ground it to DEATH!) HMMMMMM pry crank to check endplay- doesn't move much :Do No:
    Role the motor over by hand to feel any binding.. Nope .. grab the balancer and the crank now moves 3/4 of and inch !!! Holy Crap
    So I pull the pan in the car just to see the carnage... What a dumb ass Welp- apparently Rick also paid some super cool race guy to rebuild his motor .. Guessin the guy had only rebuilt Small Block Chevys..-Not fords- Cause he put the main bearings in the wrong spots.. Thrust bearing in the wrong main cap.. Duhhhhh:Dou:
    Just a hint, timing chains were not meant to keep the crank in place :af::shock:
  2. cjfordman

    cjfordman 60 ft specialist

    Some people should turn in their tools. Its in good hands now
  3. Aaron65

    Aaron65 Well-Known Member

    I don't even know how you'd do that. Wouldn't you check the crank end play? I'm not even sure if the thrust bearing would fit in the rear saddle...???
  4. Clanceman427

    Clanceman427 Hardtops need not apply

    Wait you cant use antiseize on bearings???

  5. 83hurstguy

    83hurstguy Well-Known Member

    Similar story, someone on the olds forums had pictures up a few years ago of an engine he got for a stupid good deal because it never ran after rebuild. It wouldn't turn over, someone had forced the thrust bearing on the wrong location, like it was a Chevy engine. He had all the pics posted to prove it. Unreal... they walk among us... :Do No:
  6. mcford

    mcford Well-Known Member

    :Dou::Dou::Dou: Betcha if you pulled a head bolt it would have sealant on it too. Sir, put down the wrench and step away from the tools.....

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