Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Fort Worth, Texas, USA
I don't have any experience with rebuilding wings, but I can give you a heads up on my experience doing a valve job on a 1963 Ford Thunderbird with a 390. The car ran great, but it smoked. Compression was reasonable and the assumption was that the valve job would fix it right up. So I did the valve job. It cleared up the smoking and improved compression too. What a deal. About three hundred miles down the road it blew a rod. No warning, or should I say about 10 seconds warning. I heard a faint ticking sound, as I turned the radio down to hear it better it got progressivly louder real fast. I reached for the key and it blew before I could shut it off. I will say that I was on the German Autobahn at the time and probably driving around 100 mph but I did that every day over there. My only explanation is that the engine had been wearing evenly and so the worn rod bearings were working perfectly with the lowered compression. Once the compression was raised closer to original specs the worn rod bearings could no longer hold the load. Not trying to rain on anyones parade, but thought it might not hurt to think about this possability. I am interested to see how far these things will go too, so please keep us informed.
Practice bikes. Honda 50,Yamaha 250,BSA 650, Triumph 500, Norton 750 Commando, Kawasaki Z1900, Honda 750, Kawasaki Vulcan 800, Kawasaki Vulcan Nomad.