ROCINANTE DOES IT AGAIN
After I put Rocinante back together a couple months back, I got this strange vibration from the engine as I crossed 2000rpm. Figuring I’d incorrectly timed the balance shafts, I ordered up a BSEK (balance shaft elimination kit) from Parts Dinosaur and scheduled a full day to rip the front of the engine down and remove them. Not only would I reduce rotational mass in the already puny G54B, I would be eliminating a potential failure point in the rotating assembly.
I asked the guys on 4x4wire for any last minute tips before I yanked the balance shafts. What I got was a couple pages of reasons why I should keep them. Fine. That would be easier anyway. But when I went to simply re-time them, I realized there’s really no way to time the engine with them out of phase. So began my parade of headaches. Confidence in my own ability dwindled, while frustrating, unrelated issues lined up to beat me down.
I dropped a bolt in the oil pan. Only took about SIX HOURS to remove the filthy pan, clean it, scrape the old gasket off the block (lying in oil, oily mud, with acid dripping all over), and get things buttoned back up. Just look how filthy the crossmember below the pan was (which was an even bigger pain in the ass). Then it wouldn’t start. I’d blown a 100A fuse. Then the starter switch failed. Then the distributor didn’t have enough adjustment. Then the radiator cap failed. Then the timing light died. I wonder which will catastrophically fail next – the shocks or transmission?
BUSY VS. PRODUCTIVE
I wanted to wrap this project in one day, so I could maybe start painting Rocinante Sunday. Instead, I ended up calling in sick Monday so I could finish fixing my truck. Ever had a weekend like that? Damn, son. Such a time suck! Still cranking on the next issue, which should come out in just a couple weeks! Reminds me, I need to get the payment processing functionality in place before the end of the month! Are you subscribed yet?