09-04-2008, 01:57 AM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Incline Village, NV
Total Cats: 5
Im kind of in a jam guys, some advice please..
So after a hard struggle to figure out why my car was smoking. I finally got around to doing a leakdown test...
35% loss in number 1, which was the ring, we could hear air passing into the crankcase.
38% loss in #3, could hear it leaking through the tailpipe. So something in the head. Possibly valve guides or seals?
8% loss in 2 & 4
I picked up a long nose motor since mine is a shortnose for 50 bucks this past weekend. It most likely has bad rings in it. Sooo i figured what better way to do this. I can rebuild this long nose motor, get it all ready and just swap motors in a weekend to prevent downtime.
BUT what i cant decide upon is whats going inside the motor, all oem parts VS a mild build with some arp hardware and a bit of headwork.
Ideally ide like to track the car during the summer months and daily drive it to school/work ect. The idea of throwing an oil cooler/coolant re route along with all the bells and whistles inside the motor to keep it at a reliable 230-240whp 1.6l motor. Beat on it everyday and not really worrie about anything.
What should i do guys?
Sorry for the long rant/post.