I wish i could say ive been enjoying driving this thing, but sadly i havent.
Not for lack of trying of course, its just that as soon as i got the front-end alignment dialed in, i started hearing it. What started as a mild tap rapidly turned into a pretty loud knock. By the time i burned thru the first tank of gas, it was pretty apparent that my knock wasnt going away. It seems rod knocks never do. So now i have to put a motor in.
Back in early March i picked this up
Its another 460, this one out of a 95, with 120k on the odometer. Fired right up, idled smooth, no smoke or anything. So it seems to be a good candidate to swap in place of my tired noisy motor.
Got it unloaded, and up on the stand, ready to inspect
You can tell it came out of a plow truck. Started soaking the plugs & manifold bolts in prep for removal next week
Popped the right valve cover, and found a disheartening surprise:
Doesnt look so good in there. Guessing this thing sat for a while before i got my hands on it. Decided to dig in deeper.
I like this style of oil cooler as opposed to the older oil-to-air cooler, but ill have to inspect it, and see if theres rebuild kits for them
She's looking a little rough on the outside:
The water pump, while looking awful, appears to be an OEM piece. In fact, everything appears OEM, including all the parts that have obviously been replaced. Im pretty sure this truck was being maintained by a dealer, right up until the frame rotted and broke
The oil does not look good. I suspect coolant contamination but cant confirm.
Timing cover coming off
Chain is at the service limit and should be replaced. But the condition of it is disappointing, as is the condition of the coolant passages:
Cant see much from underneath. Next weeks plan is to pull the intake & heads, roll it over, and inspect the bottom end. Hopefully i find things in better shape down there, because im thinking this motor might need a rebuild as well. Oh well, at least it was cheap.