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I'm pretty sure all the oil is in the cloud of blue smoke that comes out of my tail pipe. This motor only has 3500 miles on it

 

With that low mileage, either the rings haven't seated yet, or it wasn't broken in properly and the rings and/or cylinder walls are scored. 3500 miles should be more than enough to seat any set of rings, so I'll lean toward scored cylinder walls. IMHO there's no way to fix that without tearing down the motor to see what's going on inside.

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If it were a completely fresh engine with top, bottom, and head redone and shined up, I wouldn't dog it for the first 100 miles or so, or at the very least, work it to it's limits all the time.. Eagle and J.D are right in their regards. Doesn't matter if it already had a rebuild; 10 years bagged no doubt caused internal rusting, and possibly gasket rot among other things. I've no doubt it's probably going to need a fair bit of work done on it to get it right again.

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Valve seals, pop the cover, then just remove rockers and Springs. Keep everything sorted to its exact position as they will have worn in by now. Easy fix but takes a bit of time. Seals are cheap.

 

I disagree. Valve seals smoke on compression braking, when vacuum is high. Rings smoke on acceleration.

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Well I do know I've built up compression since I first started out. What exactly is the proper way to break in an engine?

Any oil that would have been on the bore and piston and rings would have gummed up.......somewhat solidified........however you want to state it.

 

If you want any life out of it you need to break it down and inspect/replace.

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Valve seals, pop the cover, then just remove rockers and Springs. Keep everything sorted to its exact position as they will have worn in by now. Easy fix but takes a bit of time. Seals are cheap.

 

I disagree. Valve seals smoke on compression braking, when vacuum is high. Rings smoke on acceleration.

 

If his valve seals have hardened/cracked........no longer seal......he would have oil bleeding into the combustion chamber at shut down and blue smoke at startup.

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Well I do know I've built up compression since I first started out. What exactly is the proper way to break in an engine?

 

Drive it. Don't go over 50 MPH for the first 100 miles or so, then for the next thousand drive gently, and avoid staying at one speed for protracted periods. I like to do an oil and filter change at 500 miles, but that's probably overkill.

 

Ask your uncle if he coated the cylinder walls with assembly lube before he put the engine away. Not motor oil -- assembly lube. Something sticky and thick enough that it would stay in place for eight years and provide critical lubrication for the rings when you first started it up.

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