Trust me when I say I am just as surprised as anyone.
I haven’t found any leaks yet either.
When I had this thing apart I found some very disturbing and very telling evidence of a complete lack of maintenance on this thing.
What a surprise.
Like never changing the fucking oil neglect.
The valley in between the heads was covered in a thick layer of sludge and when I flipped the intake manifold over to clean the gasket surfaces I almost got sick.
I literally scraped this off the bottom of the intake manifold with my fingers,
Engine killing shit right there.
After I got it put back together I drained all the crap out of the oil pan and then filled it up with basically anything I had laying around, including two quarts of ATF.
That shit has so much detergent in it that you could wash your dishes with it.
I had some trouble getting it started and it acts like the idle control solenoid isn’t doing it’s job but it kills the engine when I unplug it and you can hear the vacuum leak it uses to control the idle speed when you plug it in.
I may unhook the battery now that it runs and reset the computer so it goes back to it’s original programming.
But it does run.
I can rev it up and everything, it just idles slow
So I let it get good and warmed up, allowing that ATF to bathe the inside of the engine using the old oil filter to catch as much of that crap as it can.
I am letting it cool off right now and that will give any of that shit that was loose a chance to drip back into the oil pan. After while I will go drain it out, change the filter and refill it with decent oil.
I think I may run it a couple hundred miles, change the oil again and use some DELO 400.
It is designed for Diesel engines but I think it has even more detergent in it than ATF does.
I put that shit in an old 300-6 I bought from a junkyard and ran it for a while,
After a few months I had to change the valve cover gasket and I was astounded at how clean it was under it.
Like new clean.
It’s a no win for me either way, the damage is already done to this engine and when it gets warmed up, the oil pressure drops to zero at idle anyway.
Lack of oil changes + shit loads of carbon based sludge= liquid sand paper on bearings.
It’s that simple.
But, it runs again and so far it doesn’t leak.
I can put that in the Win column for now at least.