I assume that you are not a professional machinist and are therefore doing
this guy a favor by working on his motor. It may be HIS car, but you have
a reputation to keep up. After all, if your engine "rebuild" goes bad
after only a handfull of miles, who will be blamed, you or the owner?
My advice? I've never rebuilt an engine but I have heard much about
"leftover gunk" from the rebuild process. I would suggest that you do what
you feel comfortable with yourself, and remember this experience the next
time someone wants you to do a complete engine rebuild for them.
At 10:43 AM 6/10/99 -0500, Craig Smith wrote:
>You have to remember one thing,
>It's HIS car !
>From: Dave Terrick [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: Thursday, June 10, 1999 12:18 PM
>To: Triumph list
>Subject: break in oil
>O listers (the VW bus list gets to call themselves "volks" or "loafers" -
>we gotta come up with something better than "listers")
>I have done some work for a club member with an early TR6 amounting to a
>complete engine rebuild (ie everything new). While I have not followed this
>instruction in the past, my machinist was adament that I use a lightweight
>oil ("lightest I can find, like a 5/30") to do the running in (50 miles and
>the 20 minute cam thing, etc) as it will pressurize faster, flow faster in
>the motor, and have greater chances of washing away the inevitable "gunk"
>leftover after the assembly lube has done it's job.
>The owner has shown signs of cheapness in other areas of the progress, ie no
>new rad hoses, etc. Whether due to financial problems or lack of trust I'm
>not sure, but I'd like as many direct opinions prior to Friday 4:00 as
>possible. He has been off work with a fractured right arm for the past
>three weeks and could not drive the car even if he wanted to, yet seems to
>want the car to run immediately. I just want the job to be over.
>1. What of the break in oil vs 20/50? Personal experience, machinist
>2. I feel it is my right to refuse to fill and run the motor until the
>owner spends a whopping $10 on a jug of oil. This project has been going on
>since 1995 (big gaps, admittedly) and always the delays have been
>financially related. This guy makes more money that I do and it pisses me
>off that he doesn't budget better! Am I being pedantic and self centered,
>or would you all do the same thing? I've about had it with this guy and his
>aproach, and sure don't want to jeopardize the work I've done so far. I
>also do not want to be jaded by events that have occured in the past. I
>should also note that if the situation requires it, I may show him some of
>your comments backing up my position.
>Thanks in advance
Kirby T. Kenyon