Well, of course I took the shortcut and just slapped it all back together. A couple of years ago after getting the head shaved because of warping the compression was 90-75-75-90. After putting the reconditioned head on it this time it is 125-75-125-125. My compression gauge is ancient and sticks so the numbers might not be quite right but obviously #2 is low. The car runs better than ever, but smokes like an old mosquito smoke truck. It's all bue oil smoke. It also leaks oil now, which it has never done before. If I start it and just let it idle it will smoke as long as it is running. If I drive it the smoke clears up within a mile or two and doesn't return, even when idling. There is very minor blue smoke after that if I rev it up with no load but not enough to bother me. I've driven it about 60 miles.
I do have a very light tapping sound now. It's barely noticeable with the hood open and not noticeable at all with it shut. Maybe that's the piston tapping?
I don't have any noticeable blowby from the oil dipstick tube, but with the oil filler cap off it sounds like I have an exhaust pipe coming right out the head.
Friday, October 19th, 2012 AT 10:09 PM