Tried to pull the head last night, but my 1/2" 2135Ti couldn't budge the exhaust manifold bolts, and due to the large amounts of oil soaking everything in that general area I was very hesitant to torch it. So while the air compressor cycled and regained life, I started organizing a drawer in Dad's "toolbox", by the time I was done half the garage was swept up, organized and sorted. And the Bronco still had 2 heads on the engine. Well fast forward to tonight. I had a beer(see my beer post) and calmed down from the day. Went out and torched the manifold bolts off, since they were still not budging after heating the manifold cherry red. Then I came in, ate dinner, had a few more beers and went out to the garage. Hand wrenched the head off(damn compressor won't turn on), and this is what I found upon cylinder head removal: Dad's reponse, "so what put a piston in it?" "hmm 120k miles, busted piston, I don't forsee throwing just a piston in it...." Now here is my thing, where is the piece? That is a sizable chunk. The valves look great(closed, haven't pushed them off of their seats). In fact what I'm finding strange is, the cylinder is clean, really clean really. I didn't crank the engine to look at the cylinder walls, but from what i can see the top ring is intact, the valves and combustion chamber are clean(like they swam in anti-freeze almost), and the top of the piston is relatively clean. I didn't take note of whether the chunk was dirty like it had run like that for a while, but since it had a pretty bad miss when it came in, I bet it was like that. This makes perfect sense really. He brought it to me for a miss and massive oil leak. So the piston grenaded, thus the cylinder was down = miss. All the pressure of that cylinder was just acting like an air compressor pumping pressure into the crankcase that the PCV couldn't remove = massive oil leak from seemingly nowhere. Why? It was just leaking from everywhere! He noted later that he kind of thinks the PCV was popped out when he opened the hood initially, so that fits. I just wonder, where the heck did that a piece that big go? Feel bad for him.... worst thing is, if he wants to junk it or something, what about my bill? Kind of thinking I will offer to put in engine in it(and pray he doesn't want that). And if not then I will say "look I will junk it, whatever I get over what my bill was going to be I will give to you, if it doesn't hit what my bill was going to be we will just call it even". Kind of hope there is no chapter IV.