Very Ugly, I'm not sure yet on the blocks fate yet. It was a very tired old .030 over bore block that really needed to go to .040 over back when I put it togther. Before I tore the engine down, after a day of sitting with the spark plugs out that hurt cylinder filled up with coolant. I'm really only wanting to salvage the head and it looks like it just needs a new intake valve seat, the valve guide still looks good and is not sloppy. I'll have it crack tested when I take the head to the machine shop.Well that's sure ugly.
Will the block bore out or is it cooked?
This was my first valve dropping experience on any engine and it sounded bad with no warnings or clues that it was about to happen, dang it why did it have to be my Buick.I had that happen 25 years ago in my 78 Malibu doing 80 on the Atlantic City Expressway coming back from the Jersey Shore. It was a God awful grinding noise and then the wheels locked. Antifreeze went EVERYWHERE (dripping from the exhaust, overflowing out of the dipstick. Mine dropped and broke the piston which put the connecting rod through the cylinder wall causing the rod to jamb. It was an ugly mess.
The valve broke but that was sub damage. The real failure was the stock style stamped valve locks/keepers that were worn out and let go of the valve. I still have the connecting rod as a souvenir as it was probably one of the worst engine failures I have personally ever experienced!
At least you have other cars to drive. I was 19 at the time and it was my only car. I walked and bummed ride until I got enough money together to buy another engine. But yeah it really sucks!This was my first valve dropping experience on any engine and it sounded bad with no warnings or clues that it was about to happen, dang it why did it have to be my Buick.
Cool, looking forward to the updates.