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If you remember a of couple months back, shortly after bringing the ’73 Mustang home, I conducted a compression test on all the cylinders. The 351C was running rough (to put it mildly) and smoked like a pile of tires on fire (only the smoke was blue). Clearly there were some issues.
To summarize, the cylinders topped out like this:
Cylinder 1 (Left Bank) – 130
Cylinder 2 – 25, 35, 60, 90 (Fail!!!)
Cylinder 3 – 140
Cylinder 4 – 135
Cylinder 5 (Right Bank) – 160
Cylinder 6 – 155
Cylinder 7 – 160
Cylinder 8 – 140
Clearly cylinder 2 has a serious problem and it could a host of things. Since it was so bad, I didn’t feel it necessary to conduct a wet test and just planned out pulling the heads.
Well the time came to get take care of that and it wasn’t long to disassembling that it was clear what was wrong with cylinder 2.
At first we thought…”Hey Cool!!! Extra parts!!” But of course that’s just not the case!!
It couldn’t be that the tappet just rolled there. Something else has to be an issue.
Oh…maybe…one of these was the problem?
Close inspection of the piston in cylinder 2 showed no signs of impact. As it appears thus far, that the bottom end of the engine is in good shape and the compression numbers for all the other cylinders and we bolstered that assumption with a visual inspection.
Think the heads need to be rebuilt and machined?
That’s coming up.
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