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Old 05-21-2019, 12:36 AM
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I've had the original (long block) engine wrapped up in storage for several years while I put track mileage on some non-numbers matching engines. I occasionally unwrap it (every couple years), squirt some more oil in the cylinders and turn the crank over a bit. I unwrapped it today, took a peek at it, and saw that a mouse had made a partial nest in the lifter valley. That annoyed me, but I was able to vacuum out most of the contents with my shop vac. What really pissed me off was I noticed the little bastard has pissed all over the camshaft. Apparently mouse piss is pretty acidic or something, as several of the lobes are pretty rusty. Looks like that's gonna cost me the price of a cam kit down the road when I try to get that engine running again.

I freely admit I'm the dumbass here for not being a bit more careful sealing the engine up after I took it out of the car twenty years ago.

Just felt the need for confession here.
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Old 05-21-2019, 07:52 AM
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Not of real help, but I definitely know the feeling !!
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:34 AM
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Mine's been wrapped in the garage at least 5 years - I feel I could be joining the club. Do we get hats?


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Old 05-21-2019, 02:09 PM
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I sold the L48 some 22 years ago, out of my '72.......trans also......

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I have mouse turds all over the back of the outside of the car and little holes in the car cover and am wondering what else they may have gotten in to. Can I join your club or is it exclusive?
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Old 05-28-2019, 06:14 PM
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I have mouse turds all over the back of the outside of the car and little holes in the car cover and am wondering what else they may have gotten in to. Can I join your club or is it exclusive?
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:24 AM
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I had a pack rat that used my intake manifold and bellhousing to hang out on for a few days. For dinner one night it ate through the wires to the distributor. Couldn't get the little bastard to leave; it would just crawl down the transmission when I sprayed carb cleaner on it, then return later. Finally had to put a point on a long 1/8" rod and spear it while it was on the bellhousing.

I hear dryer sheets are a deterrent for mice. Maybe put a few around where your motor is, and change every month. At least your storage area will smell nice ;-)

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Old 06-20-2019, 02:28 AM
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I had a pack rat that used my intake manifold and bellhousing to hang out on for a few days. For dinner one night it ate through the wires to the distributor. Couldn't get the little bastard to leave; it would just crawl down the transmission when I sprayed carb cleaner on it, then return later. Finally had to put a point on a long 1/8" rod and spear it while it was on the bellhousing.

I hear dryer sheets are a deterrent for mice. Maybe put a few around where your motor is, and change every month. At least your storage area will smell nice ;-)

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wow..... I wrap parts in cheap plastic like the painter's drop cloth after I sprayed it with PB blaster or Kroil..... mice or rats don't seem to like that stuff..... LOL ... doesn't smell like the "autumn breeze" dryer sheets but seems to work .... and the garage smells like a garage..... LOL
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Old 06-28-2019, 03:12 PM
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wow..... I wrap parts in cheap plastic like the painter's drop cloth after I sprayed it with PB blaster or Kroil..... mice or rats don't seem to like that stuff..... LOL ... doesn't smell like the "autumn breeze" dryer sheets but seems to work .... and the garage smells like a garage..... LOL
Hey, still looking for updates on your shop. The pictures from a few years ago when you first got the property sure looked promising for a nice shop setup.
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