I put brute rods into my engine myself, when the engine was on the stand, if I oiled the cylinder walls I would turn the crank by hand very easily with a breaker bar on the crank bolt. When I put the head/oil pan on, same thing.
I got the engine into the chassis a couple weeks ago, and today I go back to work on it. I get the timing belt and starter connected. I tapped the key to see that the engine would turn over, it did! Great...so I put the front end back together, and get everything connected and go to start it, and it starts for less then a second but then promptly died. The issue was that the wiring harness for the front plastic clip got wound around the fan, so I unwind and untangle everything. Nothing is severely damaged, but when I get everything sorted out and go tot start it...nothing. The solenoid just clicks. I take the front clip back off and the crank is amazingly hard to turn by hand.
At the beginning of the day it wasn't so bad...even when I got the timing belt on it seemed to turn fine. When putting the timing belt on it aligned the timing mark on the cam gear to the valve cover, and the mark on the crank pulley to the mark on the lower timing belt cover.
What is the issue!? It will have about a 50-90 degree patch in the rotation where I can turn it easier (not easy) then the rest, but every here the started can't turn it. I simply refuse to believe I did anything to the valves, but I don't know what the issue is. I tried everything I could think of. If this is something internal to the engine that has to do with my rod install I am going to be forced to sell off this project, so please help!
Car is a 1998 3071 1.8TQM fx400 brute rods.