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Marcus52

cylinder full of antifreeze

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Well friends, 2010 was quite a year for me. I came down with a mysterious illness and almost passed away. Sorry to be so morbid, but that is what happened. After 3 months of misdiagnoses by several doctors, I ended up in the hospital unable to walk and partially paralyzed. A wonderful Neurologist did 30 minutes of tests and discovered I had Guillain - Barre Syndrome.

Thank God I have made a full recovery,after 6 days in the hospital on a special IV, and 3 months of recovery at home. I am one of the blessed ones I am being told, as some folks experience permanent paralysis in certain parts of their body. All of this because of a bad reaction to a Tetanus shot...

Well so much for personal things. When I was well, I drove the engine block halves down to LM Engineering in Momence, Illinois. The cylnder walls were replaced with the thicker walls, higher alloy aluminum, and nickel plated on the inside. Went from a 3.4 to 3.6 Liter, with new JR pistons. I also purchased the modified thermostat, and the new hybrid IMS bearing.

I assembled the engine in my garage at home, and fired it up late last December. What a letdown to not be able to drive it. I don't have to say much about the very cold winter, and long cold Spring, especially here in Michigan. So this past Monday, the 996 hit the road. I am breaking it in with hard acceleration. WHAT A JOY TO DRIVE IT AGAIN! Yes it is noticeably faster with only a 20 HP increase.

I hope I am now bulletproof with this rebuild. I do want to have a daily driver that will not let me down.

Mark:

Congratulations on beating the odds in both scenarios!

I'm sure that the work that you did has given you immense satisfaction. Thanks for sharing the saga and here's hoping for a fantastic 2011! cheers.gif

Regards, Maurice.

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Glad to hear about your recovery and that your car has recovered as well. Nice to know another one of these cars was saved from the junk yard.

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