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Old July 13th, 2014, 09:50 PM
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Galled rod bolts?

I acquired a Disco with a 4.0 that was supposed to have a oil pump failure. I tore down the engine that showed some sign of coolant in the oil upon disassembly. I was happy as the overall condition was very good with no indication of spun bearings, damaged valve train, camshaft/lifters or cylinder wear/liner drop. The main bearings showed signs of scarring from trash in the oil though. I decided I'd get the crank undercut and polished so the tear down began. Here comes the reason for this post. The rod bolts on 4 of the connecting rods galled upon removal. The galling happened in the caps. It didn't matter if the bolts were removed one at a time or slowly backed out a little each until cap could be pulled. Has anyone else experienced this? What was the resolution? I'm heading to a friend's machine shop for evaluation tomorrow hoping they can be salvaged. A f'ing connecting rod is +$150 each aftermarket (+$400 each OEM) for these piece of crap Land Rover/Buick boat anchors.
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true that but the price was right even in scrap weight.
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