Ouch, got lucky

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  1. NSS Guy

    NSS Guy Well-Known Member

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    I was coming up the return road after 1st rd on Saturday of the the NSS bash at National Trails 2 weeks ago and all of sudden heard LOUD ticking. I figured I broke a rocker arm, drove back to my trailer watching oil PSI, steady 40+lbs hot. I pulled the valve covers and no broken rocker arms, ok, I checked all the valve lash again all ok. ??? Put everything back together and started motor up, a little noisey but nothing like before??? I started back up for 2nd rd and it was quiet?? I lost that round on a double breakout, car ran fastest pass of the weekend 10.44 on the brakes, so all seemed good. Waiting for it to cool down Saturday night before I pulled it in the trailer I looked everything and finally saw screw head from one of the choke blades missing, AHHH. I started taking it apart this week and found the screw head lodged in #3 cylinder, makes sense as the missing screw head was on the passenger side carb of the crossram. I removed the screw head and smoothed out the sharp edges on the piston and head. Th cylinder walls were smooth and no signs of it getting into valve head or seat. Filled intake and exhaust ports with brake cleaner no leaks. I was very lucky

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    • NSS Guy

      NSS Guy Well-Known Member

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      cylinder head

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      • 1 Wild R/T

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        Seen that before.. You were very lucky... Congrats on being lucky...
         
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        • 67MPRFAN

          67MPRFAN Well-Known Member

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          Good for you nothing hurt ,....got a back up for you lol
           
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          • NSS Guy

            NSS Guy Well-Known Member

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            Sounds good, but I have to have a crossram and mufflers
             
          • dvw

            dvw Well-Known Member

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            Had that happen on a 6 cylinder Chevy. the screw punched a hole thru the head. I think I'd be adding a dab of weld on the head.
            Doug
             
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            Dodged a bullet for sureā€¦
             
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            Wow Jim, lucky indeed. Guess what I'll be checking tomorrow.
             
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            Whew, buy a lottery ticket!
             
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            Frank Mopar Well-Known Member

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            Question is why do you even have a choke on that thing?
             
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              ...and that's why those all come from the factory with the ends peened over... Super lucky it wasn't worse
               
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                Jim, take those choke blades out!
                 
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                • Budnicks

                  Budnicks You Can Just Thank Me Later FBBO Gold Member

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                  yes you were lucky

                  not much harm/damage
                   
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