I have owned and operated many diesel motors in my time and I’ve used ether to start them and many a cold gas motor. Never thought twice about it as at least on of the diesels had a system built in that would inject ether right into the intake manifold. Today however I will bet money I will NEVER go near my 1984 F250 with ether ever again. My tale begins. Back it March of this year I went to start up the before mentioned truck. As I have done for years (my dad bought it new and it has been in the family since) I opened the hood and squirted some ether into the air filter, went to the cab and hit the starter. It turned over a few times and then there was a rather loud detonation bang, and the engine stopped. I thought for just a moment, hit the starter again and it (starter) was stuck. Kept turning the switch off and on and then it worked and the motor started and ran fine. Off to the lake, fished and came home. Result of the rather loud detonation can be seen in these pictures. In the side view the bend of the rod can be easily seen. It was not easy to see the bend when the oil pan was off and I was looking up from underneath the motor using a flashlight. But this not the end of the story dear reader there is more. My tale will continue.