I blew up my new DSS Engine...now what?
I am just sick to my stomach. I wanted a replacement engine for my 1998 4.6L 2V GT that I bought new and had 180K on the car. I ordered a short block from DSS last year and supplied them with the PI upgrade kit and some Comp Cams 262AH bump sticks and had it professionally installed last December.
The resultant engine made 325 flywheel horsepower with 340 ft-lbs. of torque. OMG I was a happy man!
Since that time I put 10K miles on the car and drove it as my daily driver through a Michigan winter. I never race it or even redline it. Last week, on the highway doing 80 mph, the engine just stopped - like I turned the key off. There were no sounds, no warnings, and no trouble codes. There was still 5 quarts of oil in the block and no evidence of overheating.
I had a mechanic check the engine and he said that the engine had seized...he could not turn the engine over with a wrench. I talked to the guys at DSS and they suggested looking at the inside of an oil filter. I did so and found a huge amount of fine metal with the consistency of mud! That pretty much confirms that the engine is shot.
I plan on removing the engine myself and shipping it off to DSS for a thorough analysis. I am hoping that some portions of the engine are salvageable...either the heads and cams of maybe even the piston assemblies...I just hope it is not a total loss.
I am intrigued though...what do you think might have happened?