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Old 09-02-2008, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by jbvcw71
Happened to me a couple of times....
I blew up a built 307 once that broke the cam in 3 places,
punched several holes in the oil pan & the pan had enough granulated metal in it to fill 2 coffee cans....

In the engines defence it was "knocking" pretty loud.
When my buddy bought it he real quietly spapped me on the shoulder & whispered "Jimbo, blow it up."
Needless to say it was one of those that I shut down & had to get it pushed home... (Breathing the antifreeze vapor was just too much)

I'd like to hear anyone's stories about blowing up engines & the stories behind them...

If this was a Ford or Mopar it would have stayed together. I guess you should have just thrown that wallet in the toilet like you mentioned in that other thread.

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The only engines I ever blew up were Chevy engines, two 350's and a iron duke four cylinder. I guess I wasted alot of my money on Fords, Mopars and Nissans.
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Blew a 406 up once it was turning around 8200 on the last lap of a heat race trying to pass the leader at the flag.They were still finding parts a year later in the track.
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Two flatheads and a 312.

The flatties were in a "modified" dirt track car. In one I broke 2 rods but it kept on running until I shut it off. Took it apart - scrap iron from the flailing. The other disintegrated at some ridiculous RPM for an early flathead (maybe 5500RPM )

The 312 was in my '53 Ford. I had a big Holley 4bbl on it - and the @#$% thing hung wide open. Broke three of the main webs, but never hurt the crank, rods or pistons. Bought a $35 block and a set of gaskets and was back on the road in a week. I have never wondered why I hate Holley carbs after that, regardless of the fact that I continued to use them until I tried to torch my truck when an O ring on the transfer tube split - two different times.

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all blown up!

Sold a partnership deal to a guy on a 56' Chev Bracket Car; 396 BBC, Glide, 5.38:1 12 bolt. On his FIRST pass (I did'nt see it) he blew it up. From the outside all you could see wrong was a little water dripping from the oil dipstick tube slip-joint into the oil pan. He said all he heard was a "POP POP". Turns outs he shattered a piston, that rod took out the adjoining rod and valve galley along with the camshaft and lifters. It looked like a hand granade had gone off inside the motor. The shifter handle on the B&M Series 60 Shifter was bent over 45 degrees away from the driver (?). I think the car just scared him, turned the motor too tight, shifted too hard, too late, and sent a good BBC motor to it's grave. I still laugh about it. That one pass cost him a bunch. But, he still went faster than he'd even been before or since.
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Hey Engineczar.......good one, yea that thread was a complete waste of time. Kind of like some of the teenage forums...."hey, chevys suck Ford rules". Glad is got dumped!!!
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blown engines

During the first gas crisis by buddy had a 390 mustang- everyone was swapping in small blocks so we were buying good running complete 390's
for $50. We would race it till it blew- they are great torque motors but they
come apart at anything over 5500 rpm. Blew up 3 in one summer- finally
found a wrecked state police car with a 428 and build that up for it. When
we took the last 390 out we founf the frame was cracked right at the steering box- scary.
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