Unpleasant surprise in 50 year old pan!

Discussion in 'Small Block Tech' started by 69WILD, Nov 5, 2021.

  1. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    Radiator's full. Getting close to breakin time.

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  2. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut

    Call me if you have any last minute questions. Good luck
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  3. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    Should be ready for breakin now. Attached before and after pictures. Notice I kept the original patina on air cleaner and radiator cover. Now if it only runs again! ;) IMG_20210915_165605_01.jpg 20220324_202258.jpg
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  4. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

  5. DaWildcat

    DaWildcat Platinum Level Contributor

    Works, sounds good! Congrats!

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  6. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut

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  7. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks Sean and everyone else for all your help! This forum is an invaluable group of great people!
  8. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    Have about 300 miles on rebuilt motor now. Still using a bit of oil. Hastings Moly Rings on silvolite pistons. Changed filter after cam breakin. Added over a quart of the 10/30 vr1 valvoline. Does this sound like acceptable usage at 300 miles?
  9. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    Also a slight lifter tick until pressure is up. I measured preload on lifters on front and back and i bought pushrods 1 step shorter accordingly.

    I could reinstall 1 step longer pushrod (my original length) on the noisy one.
  10. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    :( Help.

    Having trouble with same issues this week. Motor is still using oil and a lifter is still ticking at start up. I removed valve cover and wiggled rocker arms to see if i could find any excess clearance while rotating engine by hand. One rocker arm seemed a little loose so I inserted my slightly longer original pushrod. So am I just getting leak down on a bad lifter? Any chance issues will heal with more mileage?
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  11. Dano

    Dano Platinum Level Contributor

    A lot better diagnosticians on here than me but the oil useage doesn't sound good. Smoking?
  12. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut

    Have you tried beating the snot out of it yet?
  13. Fox's Den

    Fox's Den 27 years of racing the same 355 Buick motor

    Maybe the rings did not seat totally yet, I used Comp Cams pro magnum lifters they never make noise on start up.
    A qt does seem like a lot and it is, got a leak?
  14. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    Haven't gone past half throttle yet. No smoke that we see. No leaks. Only one ticking lifter but happens EVERY time at start up until oil pressure gets up.
  15. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut

    short of switching out the lifter I don’t think there is another solution. Adding lifter pre load won’t help. I would start doing full throttle blasts, the rings likely aren’t seated.
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  16. Jim Nichols

    Jim Nichols Well-Known Member

    Compression braking will seat rings better than anything. Did you hone the cylinders? Chrome rings take a long time to seat. Did you do any valve guide work?
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2022
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  17. Mart

    Mart Gold level member

    It'll never run better than right now....stand on it!
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  18. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    I talked to Tim at ta performance today. He said I should be able to confirm the one leaky lifter by pushing down on the pushrods to find the one that compresses more easily than others?
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  20. 69WILD

    69WILD Gold Level Contributor

    Reputable machine shop bored .30 over and replaced valves and guides. Moly rings. I will try to do more driving in second around town with some engine breaking. I really don't want to stomp on it till I hit about 500 miles. I haven't changed oil yet, just the filter. Oil doesn't seem dirty. Should I change oil and filter before I start really punching it?

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