Water/steam coming from exhaust
Well, I decided to pick up an 87 Samari due to it's ability to get into some tough places that my old '70 Blazer doesn't like. Problem being the unit I bought had been overheated and appeared to have blown a head gasket. Otherwise cherry, I decided to go for it and ordered a gasket set for the top end as there was steam (white smoke) and alot of water exiting the tailpipe. The machinist mentioned that the 1.3 was known to burn exhaust valves and as long as I had it torn down I should replace them and have the intakes reground and the head surfaced. Had no idea the gasket kit was so damn expensive!
Anyway, there was water coming out the #1 cylinder plug hole prior to turning the wrenches. After all was done and said I fired it up this afternoon only to notice what appeared to be more steam and water exiting the tailpipe than when I started! No water coming from any plug holes, but there is an accumulation of the 'white muck' on the underside of the oil filler cap. If I remove the thermastat the steam and water slow to a bare minimum, when reinstalled (new thermastat) the steam gets to flowing pretty damn good.
I'm suspecting there's some kinda leak on the intake gasket side of the head??? I'm 99% convinced that the head gasket isn't/wasn't the culprit here. Any info would be much appreciated on this end as I'm a little wet behind the ears on the foreign vehicle side of the wrench, lol.
Thanks in advance,