I opened up the engine to remove the governor, and found this. The oil slinger has broken off the con rod. It was kind of a freak thing. While I was wiring up the switches, I hit the starter a couple of times to check that I had the electric starter motor wired correctly. I didn’t think about the fact that I’d left the governor arm unsecured. It must have swung out and caught the oil dipper.
I have a new connecting rod, a couple of different pistons, and a gasket set on order. Because of the LCT 208 engine’s odd specs, I had to order a GX clone rod and a flat-top 212 piston to go with it. I wasn’t sure if I needed a compression height of .550″ or .570″, and the .570 piston didn’t come with the correct wrist pin (the existing LCT one is larger diameter). So, I simply ordered two pistons. They were cheap enough, after all. However, these parts ended up costing me more than the $99 the entire engine originally cost.