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    Well got my registration submitted for the 2020 GBC which filled all 75 spots in less than 24 hours!
    Just a little bit popular right now!
    I have been trying to sort the fuel issue I am running into; it wont hold an idle. I did manage to get it running at half throttle and above but it dies like it is running out of fuel.
    Fuel pump checks out and I am running from a jerry can for test and tune purposes so it's not a bad tank or lines.
    Put a vacuum gauge on it and it rapidly fluctuates from 12" to 18" of vacuum so I assume valve clearances are out.
    Pulled the valve cover again (I already ran the valves) and found that the intake valve on cylinder 4 is bent again.
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    Found out that the intake valve is stuck shut. Dammit-that means pulling the head. Hope it is gummed up from old fuel and sitting for so long and isn't bent.

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    Quite the saga with that engine. I’m on the hunt for my 2020 GBC vehicle and can’t decide if I want to go old or play it safe and get something late 80s-90s.

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    OK I figured out that I had a stuck valve resulting in bent pushrods. The sucky part was how bad were things once I started pulling things apart.
    Ordered a new head gasket for $25 from Rockauto and arrived on my doorstep yesterday.
    Time to dig in I guess.
    Unbolted the manifolds from the head and suspended them so I could leave them in place.

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    Can easily see the culprit.

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    The pistons don't look terrible. Will need cleaning but I can see honing marks.

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    Uh oh what the fu.....

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    looked at first like a broken chunk of metal. Wouldn't stick to the magnetic pick up-turned out it was a piece of the old valve cover gasket.

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    One quick pass with a wire wheel and things look pretty good.

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    I will lap all the valves once I hit up a friend for a valve spring clamp so I can remove all the valves.
    And now i got too far into a box of cheap wine with the social distancing G2G with the neighbours so the rest will be done tomorrow I guess.

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    And now i got too far into a box of cheap wine with the social distancing G2G with the neighbours so the rest will be done tomorrow I guess.
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    Anyone have an empty glass Big Bear or Colt 45 beer bottle?
    Need an overflow bottle and too proud to actually buy them from the liquor store.

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    Well my friend apparently has not seen his valve spring compressor in 10 years and Auto Value isn't loaning tools in the age of covid 19 so I had to improvise.
    Used a length of ¾" conduit and drilled a bunch of holes in it, then used a 24mm wrench to lever the spring so I could fish out the keepers with a pick and a magnetic pick up.
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    No way I was going to hold that while re-assembling them so went the big ass c-clamp route/



    The one stuck valve. Full of crud and rust.



    I cleaned the ports as best as I could along with a little blending then lapped the valves and reassembled everything.
    Might smoke a bit but a lot better than it was.

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    Well as figured with all of the gatherings being cancelled due to Covid19 the news came out that GBC 2020 was also "postponed" until next year with the same rules and route.
    Well we must forge ahead as I want to get this thing roadworthy this summer.
    Got back to putting things back together but found out there was an issue with the rocker assembly.
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    There was too much play within the spacers on the rocker arm. Turns out that somewhere in it's past life there are wrong hold downs in between the spacers.
    You can see the difference in width.

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    Luckily there was a slant 6 in Bucks that I was able to liberate a few spacers and hold downs.
    So figured it was time to put a third brake light in-but not just anything would do.
    Had one of these Alien Pops counter displays collecting dust in the garage. A little wiring, a spare light, some aluminum tape and black RTV sealant...

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    Just set in car for now. I wonder if Johnny Law will hassle me over it.

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    So part of this years bonus point structure is for adding cab marker lights.
    Voila! And no drilling-at least until I figure out running the wiring. Probably just run it through the door jam.

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    When we picked up the car and started inventorying the parts that came with the car I noticed a set of motor mounts from a 61 Lancer mixed in with the other items.

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    I figured out why as the old ones looked pretty worn.
    Except more than worn once I removed them.

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    Swapped them out. The drivers side took two hours-there is a torsion bar mount blocking access to the one bolt on the passengers side. Plus that made it nearly impossible to align all three bolts.
    The drivers side took 10 minutes.

    I always seem to find tools while trolling the local self serve junkyards. My latest find is an 18" Jet crescent wrench; it's a $90 tool on Amazon.
    Beer can for reference (don't eat bananas anymore).

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    After I got things all re-attached I can't get the stupid thing to idle-at all.
    It will start and run but at somewhere near 2000 rpm. As soon as I dial back the rpm on the idle screw it immediately dies.
    Have some ideas but that is when I noticed a lot of oil on the passenger side of the motor. It's almost like the oil pump is leaking. After checking it out it looks like the head I just re-installed (with a new Fel-Pro MLS head gasket) is leaking oil.
    Whoops!

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    Whoops!

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    There is a void in the block for the pushrods. Unfortunately you can see the block face isn't completely flat.
    (Borrowed this pic from the interweb).

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    Apparently I bent the gasket placing the head on last time. User error I guess-and I was wrestling that head into place by myself.
    Well I flattened it as best as I could, cleaned the gasket and mating surfaces with carb cleaner and added a coat of red RTV along the thin outer edge then (carefully!) placed the head back in place.
    We will see if that cured the leak.

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    Lots more to add but for now I finally sorted out the no-idle issue.


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