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Hauling a engine hoist in a Miata is CLASSIC!
 

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Dart 9.5 shp 4.125x3.75 400". Trick flow high port heads and a 1.9L whipple.
Or a 11 to 1 521 with Kasse p51 heads and cam it for peak hp at 5700-6000.
The big block would be way cheaper
 

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I vote 521 BB with ITB's!
 

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I tore down the engine tonight, the garage is a mess! The bores look fine and I can still see crosshatching through most of the walls. The cam has a weird wear pattern, but the lifters are fine. The top of the pistons have a ton of carbon build up, same with the combustion chambers in the heads. Everything the oil touched is pretty black as well.











But man, take a look at the rod bearings! The bottom row is the cap side, the far left is the front of the engine.



And the main bearings. Again, the bottom row is the cap side, left is #1.



It was definitely time for a rebuild!
 

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My roomie called me mid-day yesterday in a panic saying that the Bronco had rolled into the street. She is over dramatic so I just told her to calm down, told my boss what was up and that I had to go home. Before leaving work I grabbed a wood block and my climbing gear.

When I got home the Bronco was halfway in the driveway and halfway in the street. Because the wheels were turned when parked, it had turned almost 90º to the driveway when it stopped.

I grabbed some slings, carabiners, and rope from my climbing kit and hooked the Bronco to my roomie’s Jeep and used it to pull the Bronco back up the driveway, no problem. When it was back in the parking spot I put the wood block behind a tire, then went to remove the rope. The knots were going to be WAY too tight to untie, so I just grabbed a knife to cut the rope in half.

Well, I forgot to reset the parking Brake, so the Bronco rolled right over the block, down the driveway, across the street, and into another yard!



Fortunately, no one was around when that happened, and there was no damage to the yard. So we pulled the Bronco back into the driveway. This time I set the brake, chocked the wheel, and released the rope much more gently. I then setup a bunch of pulleys and used the Jeep as an anchor and used my Miata to pull the Bronco much closer to the garage.





Video: https://imgur.com/1ylMOS5
 
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