Finally got the engine out, what's recommended?


The new kid..
Also if the stock nylon timing chain is still in there change it out asap even if it looks mint, it can cause big problems at any power level at any time.
Removing the heads just to take a peak isn't the best idea, id wait till its necessary like blowing something or a head porting job, the factory seal is like cement, hard to duplicate the second time without a new engine build.
I wasn't going to change out my timing chain... then i did and im glad... was loose as can be and was cracked... wasn't broken it missing teeth but it was on its way out. ALWAYS change the timing set out...
Beg,borrow or buy a borescope stick the business end down the spark plug holes.
Rotate engine by hand until each piston is at the bottom of the bore.
This should "shine a light" on your engine condition.


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Yeah it's a nylon coated timing sprocket. Can't believe this was once acceptable. 8 out of ten engine failures i dealt with in the past were because of this garbage. Good thing I have another setup.
The bore scope is a good idea vs pulling the heads I'll borrow one from work. Last year i comp tested the engine and my lowest reading was #6 and #1 at 140psi. The best was # 3, at 146 so it seems pretty solid. She's definitely going to need a weeks worth of scrubbing to see bare block. I didn't realize there was that much oil leaking down the block.

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