Hey everyone, I just joined the TBSS club on Friday! I flew from Denver to Orlando and picked up a 1 owner 65k mile Blue 3SS! Was on day 3/3 of my 28 hour drive home to Denver, when out of nowhere I suffered catastrophic engine failure. The kind that only happens when you thrash your vehicle too hard all day at the drag strip (which of course I hadnt done, just highway cruising with a couple downshifts to get around a semi, nothing crazy, nothing over 90 mph or even close to redline).
So I was cruising at 80 MPH on the interstate and my engine suddenly lost power and the gauges all flashed. Out the rear view, I couldn't see anything (the glass was covered in oil) side mirrors revealed that I was blowing a white smoke cloud and spraying an oil slick as far as the eye could see, and then the motor cut off. I was hoping it was just a blown head gasket. But the leak was coming from the bottom of the block.
The shop here in town confirmed my suspicions this morning that its the motor.. It threw a rod through the block, and punched a hole all the way through. My SS is dead. RIP! So now I'm 2/3 of the way home broken down in Manhattan KS and trying to get the dealer I bought it from in Orlando to buy me a new crate LS2, AND pay for the labor, of course.
Thoughts on what I should do? I am not interested in accepting a rebuilt motor, it only had 65k original miles on the odometer! Should I try to source an LSX block? I see a lot of guys do an LSX swap as a mod... is that more reliable/more readily available in 2023?
I will say, until the motor blew, it was the most fun 1000 miles road trip I have ever driven. And I can't wait to get my baby back...
Nice to meet everyone!