Engine is destroyed by poor quality build and waterless coolant at 100,000 miles!!!
Kevin Rutherfrauds $200000 Signature glider truck has complete engine failure!!!
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Feel terrible for those guys. That truck never seemed to run right; it never got the mpg it should. I hope Bruce & PP stand behind their work.
As for KR, he has a lot of good information, but I give absolutely zero weight to any recommendation he makes regarding his "industry partners."
The past & present list includes:
Some of those companies I use & recommend, but don't expect anything just because KR recommends it -- do your own homework ("do the hard work")Last edited: Mar 8, 2015
Lifted from that facebook page.......
Corrosion has so degraded the head it will have to be replaced.
A final decision will be made Monday if the block is salvageable. Because the block was counter bored to receive the large inserts we have to see if the new inserts will fit properly in the block.
Several issues were encountered when liner heights were measured.
Background: Detroit liner protrusion spec is .0005 to .003 above deck height.
Two liners were installed ####ed.
#1 cylinder was flush with the block on one side while the other side was .001 below deck height.
# 3 cylinder was .001 above deck height on one side while the opposite side was .003 above deck height.
Three sleeves were installed at .0005 above deck height (this is the lowest acceptable protrusion recommended by Detroit).
The remaining sleeve was flush which is below the minimum acceptable limit of .0005.
The block was counter bored to receive the large inserts so the block was properly prepared to accept the inserts."
I wonder if he'll show up here to defend the truck....?
So who built the engine? Fitz?
I called them one time and did not get a good feeling from that conversation. I think I will get a glider with a factory warranty 2004 engine and add my transmission and drives.
PP built the engine, the owner of the truck even has pictures of PP building the engine. The failure of the engine should be entirely on Bruce and his crew, they tore down the motor, installed the upgrades, sent out the cam and other parts to MicroBlue, then reassembled it. I think Bruce will stand behind this, but he has yet to comment on it.
I agree Admiral, Evans should have some liability for the corrosion, if you go to the Facebook page the pictures of the corrosion are incredible. IMHO, Pitsburgh Power is experiencing growing pains, since the California emission rules have sparked a new interest in glider kits Bruce has added staff and increased his volume of work significantly, all while trying to redesign his products to be EPA compliant to settle with the government. Before he "was on the map", he could do a much better job and had much more attention to detail. Following the Facebook post on this truck, they have had many little problems right from the start, including a bad clutch, some wiring issues, and other minor issues that indicate a lack of attention to detail in the build. He has a good reputation and I doubt he will let this be the truck to ruin it, there is way to much public attention on this one failure, situations like this make or break career reputations.
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