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ek02

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I finally got the strength to get my block, crank, pistons, and rods to the machine shop after a long stretch of recovering from spine surgery. The machine shop has built quiet a few Buick V6's. All my photos were lost when the site crashed. I attached a few. There are still no roller cam blanks available, but I can always use my existing cam from the engine I am running now. This new short block is for "just in case". I'm not sure when I will be able to swap it out. My nuerosurgeon said it could take up to a year for the nerve pain to go away. Not sure I believe that.
 

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ek02

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I called Comp today and they took my order for a custom austemper roller cam. Not sure if they have any cam blanks, but the salesman said they have come across a few now and then. It's bought and payed for, so maybe?
 

ek02

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Block and parts are still at the machine shop. I haven't called them because I hurt my back again being stupid. I had a MRI yesterday and the L-4 disc is herniated again. I can still drive so I may call the machine shop and see what's up. I may be able to get it all back before any further surgery. It sure sucks to get old and not be able to do what I love.
 

ek02

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I called the machine shop today and they said they were boring it today. If it's done before my surgery on Sept 13thI I can pick it up. Can't screw up my back any worse. This surgery will remove the herniated disc and replace it with an adjustable cage. Then two titanium rods are screwed into the spine to stabilize it. Long recovery after that. Hope this is the solution for good.
 

Reggie West

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I called the machine shop today and they said they were boring it today. If it's done before my surgery on Sept 13thI I can pick it up. Can't screw up my back any worse. This surgery will remove the herniated disc and replace it with an adjustable cage. Then two titanium rods are screwed into the spine to stabilize it. Long recovery after that. Hope this is the solution for good.
Good luck, take care of yourself.

Cant go fast if you're not healthy.
 

ek02

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I had the surgery on Sept. 13th. It went well and know I can walk with no pain. What a relief, but man is my back sore. I wont be doing any Speedo modeling with 3 long incisions in my back. They used surgical super glue to close them up. No word from the machine shop at all, but I am restricted to lift no more than 10 lbs. for 3 months, so no rush on the engine work. No driving for 4-6 weeks. Take care of your backs, guys.
 

Anthony P

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nice to read that you're on the mend Ed and concerns of another surgery are behind you.
 

ek02

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OK, I threw in the towel and brought main, rod, and cam bearings and a rear main seal to the machine shop today. I can't lift over 10 lbs, so I'll let the machine shop assemble the short block using the specs I always use. The block is bored and line honed already. I trust this machine shop. They have built a lot of Buick V 6's and the owner is doing the work himself.
 
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