Yet another rookie question. This has been the most challenging project yet.
I started to break in my flat tappet cam in the new engine today and after about 1 minute I heard a pop and then gray smoke pouring out of the ZF inspection window.
The strange thing is it didn't smell like clutch or even make any more sound after the smoke. I turned the car off immediately.
Smoke poured out of the inspection window for at least 2 minutes but didn't have much of an oder.
Here are the caveats.
1. I noticed the car wouldn't run once the key switch was let go from the run position. I figured this was a wiring issue so I hotwired the + of my MSD Blaster coil to the battery so I could continue with the break in. This + of the coil also goes to the right post of the starter solenoid. **So, I'm thinking the starter may have been running the entire time and maybe smoke was from there?** The power master starter still works but seems like the bearing maybe bad and has a similar smell to the smoke.
2. I didn't install the clutch slave cylinder since the tranny was in neutral. The smoke didn't smell like clutch at all and the throw-out bearing wasn't noisy, so I don't believe the issue is with the clutch.
Any ideas? I'm planning to put the original starter in it tomorrow and try again.