Re: Probably ruined my new 78 Pinto, but in what way...?

Chris Straub /
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Take 20 mins to take off head/cylinder, check bore, piston, rings, and post pics. Inspect head, base, exhaust, intake gaskets to see if any blew out or were leaking. Before you do that though, take carb off intake, note if it is on there nice and snug before you do so, and remove float bowl, check to see if jet is clear. What is the setup and what size jet is in there? If you were doing a true 45 then it is likely piped and/or kitted, and should be upjetted accordingly. Timing could be an issue as well.

Just make sure you are carefully inspecting everything upon disassembly, it will tell you what happened if you keep an eye out for the evidence of what caused it to die.

Order all new top end gaskets and temp gauge at the very least, and if you’re lucky, the cylinder, piston, rings, are unscathed and all you have to do is a quick top end rebuild.

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