Shucks. I need some help understanding what is going on, so please give me your opinions and advice.
The engine seems to run pretty good, idles smoothly and is responsive to the throttle. It does not smoke on starting. However as the water temperature increases, it starts blowing blue smoke. Quite a bit of blue smoke. The engine has not exceeded 185F (70C mol). Oil pressure is 60 psig (2 gauges).
I have run it now about 5 times, varying the speed from idle to perhaps 3000 rpm, no load. I’ll hold it steady, say at 2500 rpm, and increase that to 3000 rpm, then back to idle and then increase the speed to 3000 rpm. A couple of times I have blipped the throttle to 4000 rpm and let it fall back to idle. Altogether the engine has maybe 15 minutes of run time. I have a temporary fan belt running the water pump from the crank; it turns the water pump, but it is very loose. If I let the engine get up to near 180F, it will make a lot of blue smoke (not white). I have now ceased starting it until I determine a path forward.
I have never had an engine smoke like this on initial startup and it bothers me greatly. It cannot be driven on the road at this time. Questions: What is the problem? What can I do about it?
This is a '63 E-type 3.8 FHC coupe. The engine was built by a shop between 1990 and 1995 and never started or even turned over as far as I know. I have spend considerable time (the past 12 months!) going over the engine without pulling it. I did not pull the head, but I inspected the bore, checked main and rod journals, the timing chain, set the valves. On August 19, it started right up. It idled very fast and I’d guess it was running between 2000 and 3000 rpm. I got that under control fairly quickly.
Before you ask, I did not build this engine. I do not know what the cross hatching technique was. I don’t know if the rings are chrome. I did look at the cross hatching with a borescope and it was visible and that is about all I can say. I believe the pistons are new but I do not know if they are oversize. There is no discoloration on the pistons (top or bottoms), combustion chamber, flow passages, etc. The number on the piston top is: J06 P39 -508.