“But the truth was for me, making the wrong choice had become an art.”
This one has me at a loss...I was installing small things on the engine - preparing to start it up in a few days and made it to the breather tower. The top was a tad bit loose so I grabbed the tool to tighten it up a little bit. Upon starting - I heard/felt that 'grinding sand' thing and stopped. I put my finger in the hole and pulled out a finger covered in very fine sandblasting sand. So, this part was sandblasted, powder coated and not cleaned prior to installation. I've had this engine for 2 years since it was rebuilt and I have not run it at all. The builder is local and we're going to have a conversation about 'what happens next' since I cannot, in good faith, run this engine knowing there's sand in the breather tower. I don't know where else it may have traveled. I am beyond aggravated at this point.
Ironically, I figured out how to run the hoses to the oil cooler and almost ordered them today. I'm taking a tiny bit of satisfaction in having not ordered them.
I don't know what's next...other than not starting the engine.