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Déjà vu all over again

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I got the Ghia started again for the first time since 2007 but there was a significant oil leak almost immediately, coming from where cylinder #2 meets the head. Lots of oil and oil smoke. The rings on that piston are clearly not doing the job, but even so, oil shouldn't be leaking from there. The shop that assembled it suggested that I try running it until the rings seat themselves, but after running it for more than and hour at a time over several days at medium revs without load to help break it in, and then driving it for over ten miles today, the same symptoms remain. The engine has to come back out so we can pull the head and find out what went wrong.

The good news is that I got to drive it again for the first time in four years. Aside from the ring issue on #2 it ran great and drove smoothly. The new wheel bearings and refreshed brakes were all performing as they should be. Getting behind the wheel again is good motivation to solve the engine problems and get on with things.


  • Michael Percy
    Michael Percy Monday, 18 July 2011

    Fingers crossed it's easy to resolve.

  • Michael Percy
    Michael Percy Sunday, 17 July 2011

    Nope, parked on a flat surface. I think it's improper ring offset and possibly the head's mating surface needing to be lapped or flycut. We'll know soon.

  • Michael Percy
    Michael Percy Sunday, 17 July 2011

    Was it parked on a slope?

  • Michael Percy
    Michael Percy Sunday, 17 July 2011

    I was going to, but then I figured whatever the problem is it's going to require pulling the head (at least) to take care of it, so there may not be any point. The compression must be lower in number 2.

  • Michael Percy
    Michael Percy Sunday, 17 July 2011

    That's a really weird problem. I wouldn't expect to see oil seeping out there even with shot rings. Have you tried a compression test on it?.

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