Talked to Alvin Calhoun about engine problems. After a few minutes of me talking about rings and ring gaps, he asked one question. “Did you hone the block when you put in the new rings?” No…, I didn’t.

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  • Talked to Alvin Calhoun about engine problems. After a few minutes of me talking about rings and ring gaps, he asked one question. “Did you hone the block when you put in the new rings?” No…, I didn’t.

Then I told him the reason I didn’t, I only had 8 runs plus 13 dyno pulls on the engine when I rebuilt it (after the wreck). Alvin feels the end gap or the brand of rings had nothing to do with my current situation. He feels it has everything to do with the rings not seating because the cylinder walls were too smooth.

We also don’t think anything needs to be done to the heads, except change the thickness of the head gaskets. We will do a good inspection of all of the springs (41 runs) and other parts up there, including the lifters. They have 125 runs on them. All the main and rod bearings have 41 runs too.

When we finish disassembly, we will know all the answers and reasons.

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