Just FYI, the latest on my crankshaft is that the second machinist told me
that the crank was the "worst job of grinding a crankshaft he has ever seen.
Absolutely no excuse for this poor quality of work." He also said my rods
were improperly resized and the same comment, the "worst". Five of the
eight were not bored correctly and would have fit too tight. Three were OK.
I guess I did start out saying I was not a mechanic, but I guess I need to
get some measuring tools and learn how to use them. It is sad that you
trust them with your parts and pay them good money and get crap work. I
suppose a good mechanic would not trust the work and check it out everytime.
But I have never had any problems before. I talked to the Manager of the
NAPA machine shop responsible for the work and he claims that at the time I
brought in the crank, they were between machinists and they were farming out
the work to other local shops. He did offer to make it good. I had half a
notion to ask for a refund and go elsewhere, but now that I have their
attention, I hope they will be more careful. And of course, I will have it
measured right before my very eyes to let them know I am now paying
So what about the plastigage? Either it does not tell the whole story or I
don't know the proper way to use it.
Thanks for the comments. You did convince me to have it checked out and we
did find a problem.