Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Re: 1976 Mustang II MPG
Well... where to begin.
Noticed a soft tapping noise from the upper part of the engine and after a day it got louder and louder, especially in the higher RPMs. Figured it was my lifters tapping. I called the guy I purchased it from and asked how long he had it stored in his garage and what he did when he started using the vehicle again. Said he just started it right up after about 5 years of sitting in storage... Yay for dry starts. So took off the valve cover and watched as the seal dissolved. Probably still the factory seal.. so went and got that. Upon removal of the valve cover saw that there was barely any oil covering the camshaft, rockers, lifters and valve springs...
Don't see how that was possible since I just did an oil change on it 3-4 days prior to this. Checked to see if any oil was leaking, saw a small spot, nothing major. Put some Rislone engine cleaner in it and started it up. After about 30 seconds the engine started shooting oil out of side underneath the oil filter. Noticed somehow one of the screws in the block itself was missing... So went and baught a new one. That fixed that problem but than it started to leak straight out of the oil filter!!! My first thought was that the Rislone was doing one hell of a job and all the spots where sludge and impurities had built up over the years was being broken up and now leaky spots were showing up. Well... that's true and false. The place I had went to do an oil change won't be receiving my business anymore... And I will from henceforth perform my own oil changes... They failed to remove the old oil filter seal that didn't stick to the old oil filter... So when I removed the new oil filter there were two oil filter seal rings on mine.. Instantly I knew that this was my problem all along... Went out and baught new oil and oil filter, performed an oil change and the engine fired right up, no leaks...
On another note.. I had a gentleman contact me about a pair of original 1/4 panel side louvers with the glass, cobra emblems and hardware all in like new condition!! Settled on a price of $250! Incredible condition! Going to box them up and wait for the body work and new paint job before applying them to the car. Will post pictures once I pick them up on Sunday.
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Last edited by Dcollins85; 03-26-2010 at 06:16 PM.