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Dreaded head gasket???

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by MTNRAT, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. MTNRAT

    MTNRAT SILVER Star

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    Well I think I may have the dreaded head gasket problem. :( There seem to be very small white deposits at the head gasket by the #4 and #5 cylinders on the exhaust side of the engine. Here is a pic that I hope shows what I see. There is a white spot above and to the right of the #5 frost plug and a white line above the block heater at the #4 cylinder. What do you think??
    Sean.
     
  2. cruiserdan

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    That photo is not too clear to my old eyes. How does it look on the driver's side around #6 cylinder?
     
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    My imagination is running wild looking at that picture so don't pay any attention to me. I'm gonna try to skip this thread for the duration.

    -B-
    Head stuck firmly in ground
     
  4. MTNRAT

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    I'll go have a look at DS #6 and or try to get a better Pic.
    Sean.
     
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    Holy @#$#, how do you get a look at #6 DS? Anyway here is hopefully a better pic. The white stuff is crusty and looks like a hard water deposit.
    Sean
     
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    Sean, it doesn't look like it. Typically you will see some dried up tracks of coolant that has run down the block. Bad cases are actually wet on the side.
     
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    In my limited experience (1 rig :)), I concur with Christo. My '93 looked much like yours before I pulled the motor. No head gasket problem.
     
  8. MTNRAT

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    Thanks, Christ and cruiserman. Most likely I am just being paranoid.
    Cheers,
    Sean
     
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    While we whine a little about the head gasket problem on older cruisers, I am doing a 99 chevy van with 52,000 miles on it this weekend that has already had a transmission, a $600 water pump and now an intake leak on a Vortec 5.7. It will pay a good 7 hours to change the intake gasket. The owner is unhappy with the General.
    It could be worse, we could drive Chebbies. ;)
     
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    [quote author=Gumby link=board=2;threadid=5563;start=msg44226#msg44226 date=1064358448]
    While we whine a little about the head gasket problem on older cruisers, I am doing a 99 chevy van with 52,000 miles on it this weekend that has already had a transmission, a $600 water pump and now an intake leak on a Vortec 5.7. It will pay a good 7 hours to change the intake gasket. The owner is unhappy with the General.
    It could be worse, we could drive Chebbies. ;)
    [/quote]
    And people wonder why I am biased towards Toyota engines in Toyota trucks. :slap: :doh: :D
     
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    Christo that was great! I've often checked my truck but wasn't sure what I was looking for. The one with the oil filter was pretty ballsy :D

    Thanks