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Re: [Fot] Its alive - Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!

To: "" <>, Mark Eginton
Subject: Re: [Fot] Its alive - Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
From: Jim Prettyleaf <>
Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 17:21:51 -0700 (PDT)
That is great news!  Hoping everything continues to go well during the
break-in and that you have all summer to enjoy your newly restored TR3.
Jim P

--- On Sat, 4/24/10, Mark Eginton <> wrote:

From: Mark Eginton <>
Subject: Its alive - Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!
To: "" <>
Cc:, "Scott Eginton" <>, "Jim Prettyleaf"
Date: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 4:17 PM

After 18 months of planning, parts gathering and building, my old 3 started as
if it had been running yesterday. It actually startled the #@%% out of me
firing before 3 complete revolutions. No priming,  backfiring, changing the
timing 180 degrees or anything I had prepared myself for. I do not think it
even missed a beat for the entire 20 minute breakin. I'm so friggen happy I am
beside myself!!!

First I'd like to thank my producer... but seriously, Joe Alexander, Tony
Drews, Kas, Bill Babcock, Russ Moore - the list goes on and on... were talking
lightened rods, NOS Pistons - parts parts parts - fixtures for boring...
guidance on building a trap door pan, porting and 10,000 other questions. A
hearty thanks to all the offline interaction that helped me do it right the
first time.

There is a dark side - when I retorqued the head hot, a headbolt that my
machinest helicoiled in my new block (rear drivers side bolt under the rocker
assy) topped out at 90 ft lbs so I stopped for now. I will likely be going
back in again this summer or next winter but unless someone sees something
seriously detrimental, I will probably get a few Sunday drives in before I see
piston tops again...

Cheers from Ithaca,



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