09-30-2004, 02:39 PM
Are you saying this engine was fresh in Nov?
If so you (or your re-builder) Did something Wayy wrong...
You SHOULD not need seals on less than a year old engine, even if it sat for the most part of almost a year.
If it was running anti fowler's before, and you still have them in place, something is NOT right.
If you did NOT rebuild the heads, then it's probably time to do so, If you are having fouling issues this bad.
And if this is the case, Seals may not stop the problem at all...though it may slow it up some, you may be looking at new guides too.
Also, it brings to mind your mention of plug wire issues...
you say you can't find "Good" enough plug wires, or they die soon after putting them on.
If your running Anti fowler's your plug is recessed out of the chamber enough not to fire as well or as Efficient it should, Even if you have a "Hot" or high energy Ignition...making it seem like the plugs and wires are going bad sooner than they should...
The slightest change in their resistance (which would go unnoticed is any other car) Would cut fire power...Smooth Idle and performance.
Do a Wet and Dry Compression test, If the numbers are low, then time to think about pulling the heads and sending them into the shop for a Valve R&R...
You could also do Valve seals (something you can do on the car) Then remove the Anti fowler's, and see if BOTH problems go away..before pulling the heads.
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