While, I am gallivanting around Europe it seemed like a good time to talk about Torquing. not Twerking, which is a slightly different thing. Both lead to tight nuts, and a .. oh lets not go there. This story is about my oil consumption issue that has taken over a year to figure out.
It all started a year ago when the “W” started drinking oil like a sailor. Like a qt a run. Now, we trouble shooted, oil brand, and yes a torqued down head. But what was it? We did a story on oil brands HERE
Over the winter when we delivered the boat to Katzs for her refinish we pulled the engine to go back to Dave VanNess and it was found that the head bolts were at 35-40 lbs, not the 70lbs they are supposed to be. But I had just torqued the head a month back and only used the boat twice. WTF? Was I nuts? And to top it off, the head gasket was a mess, and water had creeped into all sorts of areas. So. All was fixed, cleaned and made right.
She ran like a top at the Lake Hopatcong show. And when i got home, I noticed a touch of water on the head. mmmmmmm? And so it got larger, I tried some JB weld, which kinda worked, but Dave sent us a new head right away.
And so that started a journey. Oil consumption was still an issue. Ugh. So remove the head
OK, now we changed the head, and gasket, cleaned up the mess from just a month of running and kept going. She ran great and guess what. No oil consumption. NONE! Now, you would think this is what the story is about. No. Cause guess what. Each week after a run, I retorque the head, and slowly but surly they are all around 68-70lbs, one or another is 55 and I tighten. This past weekend I ran th e boat for 6 hrs. 4 one day 2 the next. And guess what. Oil consumption. Checked the head bolts. Mind you I have done this weekly since June! All 45lbs. WTF! So. here is the lesson. The crappy parts business is not just in the ignition parts area but also after market gaskets, pistons and all sorts of stuff. We are making due with what we can find and tricks to fix them. But lesson learned.
I have a torque wrench on board and its a weekly ritual now even if I think its OK, in fact I now check every nut and bold. Yup, the manifold bolts had also slipped to 30lb and should be at 50. We forget sometimes that even in the factory manual they remind us to do this. In today’s manuals, no mention of torque, no mention of oil use. I suppose this is just one more thing that makes what we love to do, more of LIVING HISTORY, rather than reading about it in a book, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It makes us appreciate those before us and the advancements that have been made. Even if its little things like torqueing a head.