Monday, July 2, 2018
“Somebody took my actual physical presence away and substituted this”
I was told that there are Chinese cranks on the market that are so hard that they're a real bitch to machine and they're apparently known for eating crank bolts if the bolts are not installed properly. Guess what?
The suspicion is that the crank bolt was both started and finished with an impact - three to four threads survived.
Red flags all over this engine...not money well spent, unfortunately.
We chatted briefly about the current situation and determined that it's money well spent to have him go through the entire engine, document EVERYTHING and replace anything that's wrong or broken and balance the rotating assembly. I'm hoping he doesn't find much but I won't be even the smallest bit surprised if a crank bolt is the first of a few fucked parts. He's not likely to get to it until August...that's the next two months of cruising down the toilet. But it does beat sitting on the side of the road because the engine shit the bed...
The pan removal process will pick back up tomorrow.