97 grand prix 3800
97 grand prix (image added)
I've have been working on this 97 grand prix forever it seems. This is my girlfriends car and she got it hot and cracked both heads. So, I, being the mechanic type guy said sure I'll fix it.
Getting a good set of heads for this car was a headache in itself. Finally I got good heads, took them to the machine shop, had them checked for cracks and resurfaced. Unfortunately I let a friend put the heads on. The car started but white smoke and water was coming from the exhaust.
Come to find out he didn't torque and degree them right. And the starter went out while we were starting it. So off come the heads again. I bought new gaskets and put them on myself. Everything seemed fine. Got a new starter and bingo the car started, sounded good and didn't smoke. Nice!
EXCEPT after I let the car idle for a little while I revved it up and a clanking noise sounded and the car died. Now the starter is out again and wont start the car.
Got another starter and the engine won't turn over long enough to start and tears up the starter. I put 6 different starters on this car and it tears every one of them up! I tried turning the crankshaft over with a ratchet and it seemed stuck like it was locked up. This was after I took the starter off.
I turned the crankshaft the opposite way and it frees up to turn over in both directions. The flywheel looks good-not warped, the teeth on the flywheel are good, the starter is brand new, the flywheel bolts are tight.
The engine will turn over by hand but when i put a starter in it the engine gets bound up or stuck or something and tears up the starter. The car has been sitting for approximately 8 months and I need to get this thing fixed! Does anyone have any idea what's wrong with this car?