With the transmission shopping list complete, attention shifted to the engine.
This was supposed to be a 350 Goodwrench crate engine with 30K - 40K on it. When the intake was pulled, it was evident there was a lot of coked oil on the underside of the head, particularly in the heat riser area. When the timing cover was pulled in order to assure the front of the block was drilled and tapped for the cam plate, it was evident the timing chain had a lot of wear. Those two indicators combined with the fact that this engine has sat for 8 years, lead me to the decision to rebuild. The cylinder walls and bottom end don't look that bad. So I think it was more a matter of long periods of slow driving, idling, and poor maintenance that gave the wore out appearance. I suspect the ''mud'' is still plopping out of the water jackets. What a mess.
Hopefully the block will go to the machine shop next week for cleaning and inspecting. I assume it will still end up 30 over. I already have an Edelbrock 2209 roller along with GM lifters, dog bones, spider, and cam plate. I have pretty much decided on aluminum heads. Nothing radical, just a strong street engine.
Bet Y'all thought I fell off the face of the earth? I came close a time or two, but things are starting to normalize.
We're settled into our new place. My to-do list is still longer than my to-done list. Oh, well.
Pulled the front sheet metal off the 41, pulled the engine and tranny, and put the front sheet metal back on.
Started on the TH350. Got it up on the bench. Pulled the converter, kick-down cable, tail housing, governor, and modulator. I have heard of the driveshaft yoke seal tin cup, but had never actually run across one. Need to do some research on how to disassemble. Sent a PM to Crosley.
I have also done some work on the Cosworth Vega and the 428 T-Bird in the background. Part of what my brother-in-law and I are putting together for a business venture.
We bought a place just north of Oklahoma City. On the upside, it has a big shop. I have to get it set up. It will probably be next year before I get to work on the 41 again. Keep checking back as my brother-in-law and I are working on a job replacement which is going to be more in line with this site over what I was doing before.