Originally Posted by rusthater89
I was talking to an old school friend who had a 350 chevy crate engine dropped into his ride recently.
The Story goes like this.
He had the car towed to a local Midas after the guy dropped the engine in to weld on a exhaust. He hadn't even heard the engine run yet. He came to pick the car up when the exhaust was done. the Midas shop tells him the engine isn't running right. I agreed as well when I took a ride with him later. It was idling rough and was lacking power like maybe a valve train issue. My buddy called the guy who dropped the engine in who told him to not sweat it and that he woud make any minor adjustment when he came in for the 1000 mile warranty oil change.
to sum it up when my buddy bought the car back the guy tells my buddy he blew the valve train by over revving. He shows my buddy these bent pushrods and tells him the rockers were wrecked. The push rods were S shaped. My buddy told him, "No way man I babied that thing." I can confirm that as well. the Mechanic then tells my buddy the guy from midas must have raced the car and over revved it causing it to blow.
when he confronted Midas about it the Midas guy just told my buddy to sue the installer of his crate engine.
This story confuses me and my buddy is screwed. I think the guy didn't time the cam right. I may be wrong. Maybe it was over revved and the valves floated.
can anybody give me their opinion
Confusing is right!
You said this was a " crate engine ". This being the case the installer simply installed it. He shouldn't have had to do any timing of cam installation. This should have already been done by the crate engine builder.
Why didn't the installer start and check the engine? Even without exhaust in place he should have at least have started the engine, checked for leakage, timed it,etc.
Did Mr. Midas start the engine and drive the vehicle into the shop? How did it run then?
1000 miles? If you have a problem you can't put a miles number on it. The problem is NOW!
A lot of things don't really add up here.
My interpertation of a crate engine is a fully built ready to install unit. Normally add on fuel pump, dist., carb. flywheel etc. and fire her up.
Yup, I am confused.