Engines today have "real bearings" and "real gaskets". If anything the
bearing metallurgy is BETTER than it was 20 or even 10 years ago. The
"real gaskets" are back, having found acceptable replacement
heat-resistant materials, after the fiasco caused by Big Brother issuing
an edict with an unrealistic compliance timetable that all automotive
gaskets had to be asbestos-free, since "everybody knows" that asbestos
is an environmental hazard and can cause cancer; you know, like tobacco.
As far as "real engineering" goes, that takes "real engineers".
Unfortunately the schools seem to be turning out more lawyers than
anything else these days (I wonder why?). Oh yes, and I'll keep my OP
3.8 engine??? 1/2 ounce of antifreeze in the oil will wipe the
bearings right out, and both the intake manifold and timing cover are
notorious for leaking antifreeze into the oil on those engines. You
could be running 20W50 and the bearings would still go south under
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