Good to know I’m not the only person that has issues with shops.My wife told me that she had never seen me any dirtier than what she saw this evening when I came out of the garage.
I've never felt dirtier myself.
Seemed like every possible automotive fluid that you could pour or have drip or spill on yourself did all of that today.
I removed the engine,..while removing the oil pump, it slipped and landed in the drain pan under it. It makes this giant sploosh of oil that coats the leg of my pants, soaks my shoe, and coats the underside of the car...which continued to drip on me after I cleaned it all up. Trans fluid, antifreeze, brake fluid, I got exposed to all of that today...
But I did get the engine, and trans out.
At noon I get the call, head dude is done with the 2 Jz head...when I go to pick it up, I discover that he has " surfaced " the head with a belt sander...
Why are there still yea-hoos in business?
Who knows what the problem is with the finish a belt sander leaves when it comes to using a MLS type gasket?
I tell the guy that I need him to redo the head to give me a semi-mirror finish on the head deck, and that the finish that he gave me will cause me problems with my head gasket seal.
" Never been a problem for me before." Dude says..."Well maybe none of your heathen customers from the past ever ran a MLS gasket, and 20 pounds of boost before" I want to tell him.. But I don't. I just need it fixed.
In the end he can't fix it, the belt sander is all this guy has.
It’s going on right now.When is the big show you wanted to drive the monster to ? You're moving right along, Mike.
I know you stated you may not make it but I figured I could go in your place. With a box on my head no one would know the difference. I'll drive my Husqvarna... its orange and sounds like the old engine...minus a few rpm. Maybe I'll put a box over that too.
In all seriousness, this thread is great. Keeps my mind off a bunch of stuff I don't feel like thinkin' about or doing. Wish that pan was available in a kit.
According to the shop that did the resurfacing, the machine that the original guy used wasn’t a belt, it was more like a giant upside down jitterbug sander that the guy moves the head around on..Funny thing, head resurfacing, when I worked at the NAPA store back in the late 70's through most of the 80's, the resurfacer they had was a large grinder with a cup wheel, left a very fine finish, great for cast iron, not so much aluminum. Later, a new machine was purchased, called a broach, had a large disk with 6 or 8 carbide cutter teeth (a large fly cutter, for all practical purposes), it also left a very fine finish, and worked on both iron and aluminum. It wasn't until much later, I heard about the belt sander method, now, I know it's not your run of the mill Black & Decker belt sander, but I still felt that it seemed like a step backward, although I guess it worked for the old style composite head gaskets.
Say the car whole car does sell on Ebay....what next?
Get one of these..But,..I had no bent valves...something was wrong though..I had air pouring out the intake port with the cam removed.
I am a graduate of the school of WTF.
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