Progress Thread '88 GT Hell Horse - All over the place

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CarMichael Angelo

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Cut your oil filter open and separate the inner filter "pleated" part. It's a mess, and not easy to do, but once you get it to where you can open those pleats, they'll be the tell tale....if they're as full of metal bits as your fingers are showing, you're having a "come apart" in the works.
You'll have to tear it apart after that.
 

stanglx2002

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I plan on pulling the engine this weekend, and agree one of the first steps is going to be to pull the oil filter. Lets see what we find in there 1st before tearing into the bottom end.
 

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Yes it does, however you do not want that active for weeks at a time if the car is stored. The dash will go into sleep mode and restart instantly with zero wait time after the first initial boot up of the day.
What's the power draw on it when it's asleep? I wouldn't think it would be all that high given the architecture.

Or a hibernate mode for when it isn't re-awoken for long periods? I'd think that even restoring from hibernate would be faster than a full boot.
 

stanglx2002

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They don't have a larger power draw but there could be multiple issues being left on all the time. I built an in-between that puts the computer to sleep once ignition is turned off then after 30 minutes of inactivity it's activates the shutdown sequence.

If it see the ignition again before the 30 minutes it turns back on. This makes it so it doesn't turn on/off all the time and for quicker reconnection time.

If you set your trigger source being the door or dome light the dash would be on by the time you start the car. All new cars do this as well, which is why you see "splash screens" which is nothing more than a video playing while the computer is booting up and checking everything.
 

stanglx2002

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Sorry guys for the delay in progress, but didn't get to work on pulling the engine as planned. I was making further progress on the 12.3 Digital Dash custom enclosure. It was time to start printing, but with any R&D it needs some tweaks to the model. The prints are coming out nicely with the changes making it easier to assemble. The plan is to get a final print done this week, so I can assemble it all together to fit in the car.

I did get the Explorer upper intake's TB opening hogged out to 70mm, and smoothed out some of the casting bosses inside as well. Need to work on gasket matching the rest of the ports on the upper and lower intake. Then I can plug up the PCV valve opening, since I will be running vents on both the valve covers to a catch can.
 
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stanglx2002

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So I was able to get the engine out today as planned. I did cut open the oil filter like Mike said and there is only a small amount of metal in the oil. I am really hoping I caught everything early. So I have the engine on the stand and the oil pan off to drip everything to be flipped over tomorrow. I will be pulling the rear most main to check the bearing and see what it looks like along with the rod caps.

I am hoping it was just the rocker that was rubbing on the valve cover that caused the metal in the oil. Only way to find out is to check the bearings. Still thinking of pulling the heads as I still don't know what heads there are since they have no markings to research.

Also a bit of bad news is that I was told the engine was a 331 and it's not. It clearly has a Ford stamped crank in it so I bet it's just a plain 306.

Currently thinking to just replace the bearings if needed, replace the oil pump since I have a new one (Does the oil pump make the oil pressure?) Due to the lower oil pressure when hot. Also take the heads off and rebuild them with new seals and lap the valves for good deal. Figured this would be a good idea for the plans of the 76mm turbo that's being put on this engine.

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