Ok, Received parts yard distributor, (in very serviceable condition by the way) and put it in, spark, ok, fuel, ok, why won't it even try to start?
Pulled plugs, and did compression check on all cylinders...#3 had 25 psi (yes read that again...twenty-five)
#s 1-2 & 4 had zero!
pulled valve covers off to check for the possibility of really poor valve adjustments...
odd...nothings moving here.
set the valve covers on the workbench and noticed the oil, how it sparkles all glittery like a bass boat...
metal particulates all sparkly in the oil, this cannot be a good thing to anyone other than a Liberace fan (for those born after 1985...look it up)
quick diagnosis, based on my years of technical expertise tells me that this engine ain't gonna run like this.
looking closer I cannot see anything because my x-ray glasses really don't work as advertised. (ripped of yet again)
Surmising, however, still functions so I am led to surmise that the camshaft has broken. I do not know exactly to what extent the internal damage may be, but we are (my father and I) pulling the engine with the idea of cracking the case to see just how boogered up this thing really is.
Bottom line of this is I need a vehicle as my ranger blew a head gasket. and since I am already ankles deep in this thing I may as well just finish it out.
SO, does anyone know were I may source an inexpensive EA71?
I found a posting from another of the members here and have indicated an interest, but it is in Colorado, and I am on the western edge of Montana. Funding is limited for this endeavor, so I really have to watch the budget on this.
There was also a craigslist ad from Eastern Idaho
But if I read it correctly, its a gamble whether it is seized or not.
it's in my price range, but I placed two calls to the number and he hung up on me as soon as he picked up.
(why? I can only guess that my Florida area code telephone number scared him for some reason).
so I am appealing to the members here for leads on a good usable engine.
(or a good usable parts vehicle, that will be good too)
I don't have gobs of free cash available PM me if you've any ideas.
I'm running out of any of my own...