I really debated opening this thread, but I'm up to four things now that are not as they should be, and I don't feel like I can continue to assemble this engine in good conscience because things are not as promised.
1: Gen 4 rods promised, Gen 3 rods actual.
2: L33 block promised, LM4 block actual (chain tensioner spacing, all short vs 2 short head bolts/side). See casting # in photo below.
3: Someone's old crank sprocket was left on during cleaning assembly as evidenced by the sludge under it when removed, and the blasting shot that was still present around the key, and would have worked its way into the oiling system over time (wow). This also brings into question if the assembly was balanced for the heavier pistons (unlikely)
4: This crank has been ran into something on the #1 throw, as evidenced by the leading edge mushroomed in two directions. See photos.
Issue 1, the rods. Self explanatory. I was assured by Aaron over the phone after the fact (as well as the screenshot above) that they would be Gen4 floating rods when these are clearly not.
Issue 2: LM4 block, not L33. Notice something funny about two of the head studs? Yeah. L33 blocks use all short studs a la the rest of the 2004+ blocks. LM4 blocks dont, so obviously these components won't work (And isn't what i paid for) L33 blocks also use the late style timing chain tensioner spacing, narrow/1.74", not the 2.2" the lm4 blocks use, so the tensioner I have wont work.
The timing chain shot shows the wide early style tensioner bolts, which are the narrow/late style on the L33 block I was supposed to get.
Issue 3: This is simply laziness and lack of attention to detail. I fixed this out of due diligence, but wow. Note all the metal shot beads on the key and inside of the sprocket.
Issue 4: The issue I have with this is the integrity of the crank is in question due to it. Granted the short block has a warranty, but still. Note the protrusion of the impacted area inward and outward of the crank throw (notice how it comes to a point, where it should be round). It takes a hell of a hit to mushroom iron in two directions. I took a few minutes to sand it to shape and polish it out, but...
On the plus side, the actual machine work done looks very good, the crate was well made and the engine arrived in good shape otherwise. Waiting on a response from the TMS team, as I sent them an email around dinnertime last night. Hopefully they will remedy the situation. I'm disappointed, but stuff happens.