Found a good 2.5 phll bottom end from a symi local.
Met up, $100 not bad. Tell I get home and realize I'm a fool, rod bearing out in it. Figured I'd just rebuild it, I wanted a Matt Monson frankin motor. Turns out most arnt pll heads and phll block. So very little info on this setup. I figure might as well get the heads done to while it's apart. I got a hold of ken at delta cams. Set up mild port, complete head rebuild and his cams of course. We talked and decided to go with his 1000 grind for all that beautiful torque. Dropped the heads off and onto the lower end, turned out to be a 253, that mean piston wouldn't work.
So dropped the block off at local machine shop.
Hone job, block cleaned, new king bearings, oem piston and rings, old rods and crank ground .20 over. Then 04 sti mid head gasket (small bump in compression). complete oem gasket set. All new timing (gates Chinese crap. Won't buy them again!) Then wait, and wait and wait....
I was told by ken, 3 weeks.
Still waiting 6 months.
You guessed it. Still....
Finally 8+ months
I get a call from ken. Come up and get them.
I said are they done?
Well, my guy that ports, blaa blaa blaa.
So no port job.
But there ready?
K on my way up in the morn.
So, I get there and my heads are in pieces. Less than thrilled. I'm like ken wtf man?
He says. I was just about to put them together. I didn't think you'd be up here this early.
Little after 1 pm.
K, heads put together by ken. I planned on reassembling the block myself but by now I just want it done. Drop heads by machine shop.
Finally, its ready. Get to shop and owners on vacation. His boy hands me my nib king bearing set. I'm like wtf.
He says they didn't fit.
Our guy that grinds cranks never grinds thrust bearing journal.
Me:so why not get more king bearings for the thrust.
Idk, my dad's on vacation.