It was revealed on Facebook that fellow Opeler Greg Heinz had a garage fire that spread to his house. He lost everything including 5 cars in the garage. My condolences, Greg!
Here's the discussion so far this morning:
<<< My first 2.5L before and after garage fire. Not sure we can save anything but shop said they would look at it... — with Greg Heinz.
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Zane Pratt Beautiful, before picture, that’s a shame.
Greg Heinz I forgot how detailed and beautiful that engine was!!
Mike Pilkenton Not your garage I hope?
Greg Heinz Mike Pilkenton Yes, the garage and the whole damn house!!!
Mike Pilkenton Yours or Charles Goin? Wow!
Zeppi Bauer Pretty bad fire if it melted the aluminum valve cover.
Rally Bob Zeppi, notice the timing cover and intake manifold is completely gone!
Charles Goin Rally Bob Not COMPLETELY.. there are art projects there hanging on.
Greg Heinz Charles Goin The pieces of aluminum on the engine are the only aluminum pieces that survived. I had 5 vehicles in the garage and everything aluminum vaporized including all the rims, intake manifolds on V6’s, everything.
Ronald A Garchar Enough to make you sick.
Charles Goin Aluminium/Melting point - 1,221°F
Charles Goin Iron, out of the ground, melts at around 1510 degrees C (2750°F). Steel often melts at around 1370 degrees C (2500°F).
Charles Goin So... my guess is the fire was about 1250°F as the steel oil pan which is thin steel is fine.. Which is why I think the crank and other parts MAY be OK... with cleaning and spec'ing
Greg Heinz Charles Goin The fire inspector said much of the garage reached 1800 degrees F but the motor sat under a window in front of garage about 25 feet from the center of the fire
Charles Goin The remains of the timing cover
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Charles Goin Valve cover
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Charles Goin Surprisingly.. can reuse flange to make new intake.
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Charles Goin Needs new valve train
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Charles Goin BUT.. valves/head maybe reuseable.
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Charles Goin Timing chain not so much
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Zeppi Bauer Any idea what started this fire? To burn down an entire garage and a house... that's pretty intense.
Greg Heinz Zeppi Bauer Suspected Vapor Return line clamp above the cadillac converter and starter on 2005 Mercury Mariner. A week link. Just parked in garage so hot engine.
Zeppi Bauer Wow. Crazy something so small.
Gordon Payton Omigosh this is just awful. Forget the stupid Opel stuff, you must be devastated at your overall loss! How terrible. You lost EVERYTHING in the house, no time to save anything? How many people in the house? Where are you staying now? My sincere condolences at your loss. Thank goodness no one was hurt or worse!