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    Coop's 68 heart transplant

    As I'm sure most of you know my engine blew a rod on the way home from the Nats (and I'd do it again). So now it's time to rebuild my other 250ci engine I had sitting on one of my engine stands for the last 11 years or so when I pulled it out of my 1971 Nova. While I'm at it I'm going to ditch the 2 speed powerglide for a 200R4 or is it 2004R I can never remember LOL. Also I am going to pull the rear and give it a rebuild w/a posi. Having only owned this van for about 3 months and blowing the engine on it's first long trip I don't need more surprises. I have already changed the front springs, tie rod ends drag link, king pins, and fixes some of the wiring mess thanks to the PO before the trip to the Nats. So now some pics I know how much we all like pics and as they say no pic it didn't happen lol.
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ID:	16875it would have been nice if the PO spent as much time worrying about the condition of the engine as he did about how it looked Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	16880and out she goesClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	16882and on the drivers side a nice hole in the blockClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	16883My Dad stopped by to tell me that there are some holes in my engine.Click image for larger version. 

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    Ok got them all tucked away for the night (Friday) I had to do this by myself and boy is my body hurting. I remember 20 years ago I'd do this then go out drinking till 3am and do it all again in the morning. It sucks getting old lol.
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    You don't waste any time, Coop! I like that.
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    thats wild coop

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    Tear them down

    OK so the next day (Sat.) Tear them down day.
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ID:	16886Oh look my brother stopped by guess I should put him to work on the other engine LOLClick image for larger version. 

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ID:	16888and now we put the old girl to bed. At least she's got some company.Click image for larger version. 

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    Last edited by Coop; 07-27-2014 at 01:08 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smiley View Post
    You don't waste any time, Coop! I like that.
    LOL...I got to get her going again, I miss it already. Keep checking on me I'm sure I'll need some help along the way. Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by flat nose vanner View Post
    thats wild coop
    Thanks, I'm glad I held on to that other engine.
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    that is a catastrophic failure coop. she's not coming back from that damage. what, if anything, do you attribute the damage to? over-revved, missed shift, tired lower end, loss of oil? did you have an idea you would have problems, or was it a total surprise? if you fall off the horse, you are supposed to get right back on. great motivation.

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    Ouch. Looks like that rod let go in quite a spectacular fashion!! If it wasn't knocking at first and had good oil pressure up until that point, it could have possibly been a sudden rod bolt failure or something like that.

    Old inline sixes are great because they are so easy to work on. Its handy you have a spare from the nova ready to go. Maybe if the Nova engine is in decent condition, you can get away with just doing a simple do-it-yourself hone and re-ring job, with new bearings in the bottom?

    I hope you connected with Blaino at the nats and got those other springs?

    That original 6 cyl power steering setup that you have on the nova engine is somewhat rare and is worth some money on ebay.
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    He rolled into the Nats with a pretty substantial rod knock.
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    Wink Organazation?????????

    WAY-TOO MUCH organazation & clenliness. Must have been Photoshopped!! Only real thing i can see is the Budweiser bottle!!

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