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post #16 of 25 (permalink) Old Oct 9th, 19, 9:50 PM Thread Starter
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Brian that really sucks! in the early 80's a friend had a 71 or 2 charger with a 318 and got on it and off real quick well it jumped the timing chain maybe that happened? but if dist. wont come out???
Once I moved the distributor back to where it needed to be, it fired right up - just had no oil pressure. It is supposed to have a decent double roller setup and I think the engine has less than 60,000 miles on it.

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Good, not a FRAM.

Long shot. As far as the distributor, might try to lift it with one hand, or hands of a friend, and rock the rotor back and forth, as in rotating it, might cause it to break loose if the gear is done in.
I tried a few times to get it out, but it just would not pull upwards at all. The new builder told me to just leave it in and he will deal with it. Hopefully I will have the engine out of the car tomorrow.

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Re: Engine Trouble...

It sounds like the collar or coupler that connects to the oil pump shaft got messed up? if Toms straightening out the engine for you problem solved


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I got the engine pulled today. Once I had it sitting on my trailer, I pulled straight up on the distributor and it came right out. It looks like it is okay to me. So, this is leading me to believe that the oil pump pickup may have come off, or something bad happened with the oil pump itself. Once I get it over to the new builder, we can discover what actually happened. This thing has been leaking a LOT of oil. It will be nice to not have to dump a quart of oil into it every 300 - 400 miles (which will make my oil supply last longer).
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Brian, just thinking out loud here, is there a possibility you have a high volume pump but the pump driveshaft wasn't upgraded to a hardened unit? The other obvious cause is the pickup may have fallen off the pump.

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Brian, just thinking out loud here, is there a possibility you have a high volume pump but the pump driveshaft wasn't upgraded to a hardened unit? The other obvious cause is the pickup may have fallen off the pump.
I'm leaning towards the pickup falling off. The pump is a Melling M55 - my build sheet doesn't say anything about high volume.

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Pesky distributors.

On the pickup, I NEVER weld or braze on them. There are bolt on brackets that fit to lock the pickup into the pump, and those are what I always either make, or buy to use.
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I agree that it is time to cut your losses with that money hole. Start over and eliminate all the issues.

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Wondering: Did your original purchase come from the Ebay seller with the name starting Clew-something? And since they are no longer on eBay is it this outfit?: Shaw City Engines?

Something to consider Brian-if this is your daily driver and you are fixed for time: Get your hands on a proven local rebuild that will suffix for the time being and get you to work dependably. Pop your old motor out and pop the direct running replacement in "the same day". Rebuilding your old motor will takes weeks if not months to accomplish. You may even want to ditch many of the parts on it that you have questions about altogether. The key here is "get you going-now". See if you can buy from a local supplier or reputable builder such as the ones here on TC.

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Looks oily around the distributor, maybe it has leaked between distributor and intake?
Whats the plan for it a total rebuild? Is Tom going to fix it for you?

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Wondering: Did your original purchase come from the Ebay seller with the name starting Clew-something? And since they are no longer on eBay is it this outfit?: Shaw City Engines?

Something to consider Brian-if this is your daily driver and you are fixed for time: Get your hands on a proven local rebuild that will suffix for the time being and get you to work dependably. Pop your old motor out and pop the direct running replacement in "the same day". Rebuilding your old motor will takes weeks if not months to accomplish. You may even want to ditch many of the parts on it that you have questions about altogether. The key here is "get you going-now". See if you can buy from a local supplier or reputable builder such as the ones here on TC.
The builder in question was M & R Engines in California. I think their eBay username was MREngine. I will be okay with it being down, as I do have access to another vehicle that I can use if I need to (I mainly work from home). It is just annoying to not have my car to drive. I hope that it can be finished by mid November, as I have to take it through emissions before the end of November.

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Looks oily around the distributor, maybe it has leaked between distributor and intake?
Whats the plan for it a total rebuild? Is Tom going to fix it for you?
There are leaks everywhere. The oil pan gasket front and rear, balancer seal, possibly the rear main (this is a one piece rear main block, but it has a two piece rear main adapter on it), intake, the oil pressure sending unit has been leaking, etc. I am just going to have it bored .030 over, new pistons, hopefully reuse my block/cranks/rods/intake, new cam/lifters/rocker arms (my rocker arms may be okay - I will see what Tom says, as he is going to rebuild it.)

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