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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Engine Rebuild Ruined...

Well, with lot of help and advice from VMF and others, I rebuilt my engine and transmission this winter. In January, I slipped on ice and broke my fibula in my right leg. So, half of the rebuild was done with my leg in a cast. Went through the whole process, cast, walking boot, and physical therapy.

Start PT and my leg starts killing me. The fracture never healed correctly and opened back up. They tried several therapy processes but no good. So, I had surgery to insert plates and screws about 3 weeks ago. Now stitches are all out and I'm back in a cast for 4 weeks. It's my right leg to boot which means no driving. Have to get a ride to work etc.

So, now I have this beautifully running new engine in my 66 just sitting in the garage and I can't drive it! Hopefully I progress quickly through this process and get to drive it a little before the snow flies!
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-23-2019, 11:55 AM
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Sorry you've had so much trouble.
It is easier with a hair-covered companion.
I think if I could rebuild an engine, I could learn how to drive with my left foot, and if it has a manual transmission, a hand control for the accelerator... challenged people do this and a lot more ! !
I quickly developed a way to start a mower, mow my yard and trim with one arm after a major surgery.
Be very safe but be very brave, and start someplace with not too many other cars around haha
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Engine looks awesome...the leg, not so much.

Hopefully things improve from here and your able to get some drive time in. I’m sure it’s hard not being able to drive it.
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Engine looks awesome...the leg, not so much.

Hopefully things improve from here and your able to get some drive time in. I’m sure it’s hard not being able to drive it.
The lady putty my cast on asked what color I wanted, I told her Ford Blue to match my engine. I got a black stare!

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Show car quality,...seriously!
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I've been through many of my own issues and understand the frustration. Hope things get better for you soon.
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Show car quality,...seriously!
Well, some of it is. The engine bay looks great. The interior is all re-done. Paint on the other hand...not so much. Paint is on the list and getting closer though! It has the classic 20 ft paint job
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The engine bay is what I’m impressed with!
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What a travesty. You should pour sand in the engine!

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Sorry about the troubles you've been having. Your engine bay looks beautiful, and I'm sure you'll get around to dirtying it soon enough

In the meantime, focus on healing up properly! Looks like you've got a furry companion who will help out
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What a travesty. You should pour sand in the engine!
I was actually thinking I would contact the navy and see if they could melt my whole car down and use it as an anchor

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Nothing like a dog that knows you aren't 100% and wants to be there for you. Get well soon!
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Take your time and let it heal.

I fractured my ankle, and had plates and screws installed. I thought I was superman and was working in my cast etc, oblivious of the swelling and need to elevate and rest.

Got an infection in my foot and was on IV antibiotics every single day for about 2 weeks. Had to travel to the hospital.

Then after everything was said and done, the screws started backing out (pushed by the bone growth) another 10 months out of recover, so I had most of them removed and the plate.

All is okay now, but the leg is never the same.

Best of luck and rest, ice, elevate. Be patient it will be better in the ling term
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Look at the bright side, you didn’t have a compound fracture of the femur! But then again, fibs heal slower because of less blood circulation down there. Elevate!
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have your wife drive you around in it......better than nothing...
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