After getting the motor installed in the car again, I was anxious to start it up.
The car easily fired and I set the timing and idle while Cindy ran it through its gears as I added tranny fluid.
After 3-5 minutes or running, I noticed Cindy frantically waving her arms in an effort to get my attention. I had less than 20 psi of oil pressure!!! Per my instruction, she immediately turned the killed the ignition. With the help of my neighbor, I started it again...with the same results.
After 3 weeks of researching on the internet and contemplating my next step, I decided to start the car again. Each time the car had been started, I was out messing with the engine. I had a 'helper' watching the gauges for me. To get a better idea of what was actually happening, I need to see exactly what the gauges were doing.
What I found:
The oil pressure dropped at the same rate the temperature raised. Keeping a very careful eye on the gauges, the oil pressure eventually steadied between 10-15 psi while idling at 1000 rpm.
I drove the car for approxiamtely 15 miles and noticed only one problem. The rear main seal has a heck of a leak. So much that I was already low on oil...
The motor is going to come out again :(... I am still concerned about the oil psi. When I remove the pan, I am going to pressure test the pickup tube. Some people think that I may have a pin hole in my weld on the pickup tube. I hope this is the case...
If the pickup tube test good, I will disassmble the oil pump. If the oil pump checks good, I will probably park the car for two years while I finish school. As most of you know, this hobby can be very expensive...
I still haven't found the time to get the motor removed and checked out....time is not easy to come by nowadays;(. The only plus side of this is that I'm not driving this car around with gas being $3 per gallon.
I'm out of school for Christmas break, I'm hoping to get this car up and running over break. If I get a nice break of weather, I'll pull the k-member out of the car and pull the oil pan. That will allow me to get to the oil pump pickup tube. I think/hope that's the problem. If I pressure test the pickup tube and find out it's good, the car will sit until I'm out of school.
Check back and see if I have a big ole' grin on my face :D
Update: January 23, 2006
Before pulling the motor, I drove the car out of the garage so I could do a thorough cleanup before spending a couple hours crawling on the floor. Upon pulling the car out of the garage, I found a couple of freeze plugs on the floor. Apparently, my heated garage got cold enough to freeze my block :(. I bought another block and dropped it off at the maching shop.
I've pulled and disassembled the motor. After all the hassle and grief from the oil pressure issues, I know what happened now. When I took my motor to the machine shop to be freshened over the summer, they measured my crank and told me what size bearings to get. The told me the wrong size bearings and I never double checked them.
Although I feel like a total jackass for not checking the clearances, I'm very happy to finally know what the hell went wrong. I'm looking forward to getting the motor back from the machine shop, assembling it, and getting it in the car!
I expect to have it running within a month.
Jeminey cricket! How does time pass so fast?
I got the motor back in the car and was driving around less than two weeks when the tranny crapped out on me. This tranny had less than 1500 miles on its rebuild.
Long story short, I decided to rebuild the tranny myself. I used a video made by Bad Shoe Productions-- awesome video! And after two attempts, I finally got it right :). While the tranny was apart, I bought a 3500 stall to replace the 2800. I also upgraded a couple internal parts.
Now that the car is running good, I'll be taking it to the track. I'm going this Friday and will have some new timeslips and video shortly thereafter.