I think my motor threw a rod or something catastrophic. I was driving and everything seemed pretty normal, the ride was the best yet -my Matilda and I were really bonding. Then when I slowed and turned the engine started running really rough all of a sudden like bad gas or a clogged fuel filter. All the gauges were okay -temp in the middle, oil at ~30psi. I thought I'd shut it down and see if giving it a few minutes might help -if there was debris trying to clog the fuel filter, maybe it would clear. Checked the oil, and it looked good. When I restarted it white smoke barreled out the tailpipe and the motor was rocking like it was only firing on the d-side or like a motor mount was free, with a hammering sound coming from the dead side regular with the engine speed. That was Friday, the last time my motor ran. Finally got her home on a dolly last night.
The oil looks great, no trace of water, no apparent oil in the rad, nothing leaking anywhere outside. I tried to remove the timing belt cover on the p-side to see if it was still there but 2 of 3 screws wouldn't back out. I removed one and pryed the cover back and could see belt on top, but can't tell how tight it is.
I am totally heartbroken at this point, having done all this work lately, and it was running/driving awesome. Now I might be looking for a replacement motor.
Please if anyone can help figure this out, The PO said the motor was rebuilt ~50K ago, and it has obviously been resealed. The timing belts had ~25,000 miles on them according to him.
It's an '85 EA82, Hitachi carb 5sp D/R with 225K on the clock. The plan was to drive this thing to my grave...