Can't Get Enough
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Fredericksburg, VA
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Hallelujah! Engine Resurrected! (long)
As reported last week, I puked my engine in my Scrambler... or so I thought.
(Background: Motor had a cracked water jacket before. B/c it lost about a gallon of water/week [and I am cheap], I have been running straight water vice spending $$$ on antifreeze. Last week's cold spell arrives and widens the pre-existing crack to allow all water to run out - like a sieve, then I drive it until it overheats.) Apparent result: engine is history.
After wasting two days of leave getting a supposedly good recently-purchased one ready to swap in, I finally figure out the replacement is not worth the effort. (Should have checked bearings first, not last! [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]) Then the snow and single digit temps arrive as a second replacement appears to be a no-go. [img]images/graemlins/crybaby.gif[/img] Joy. What to do now?
Bars Leak to the rescue! Dumped a HD dose in the cracked engine and idled for an hour. Leakage seems to be even less than before; in fact, almost nil. Hallelujah!! God has blessed me by His grace and shown mercy on this poor wretch yet again! No way did I think that old tired 258 had another mile in it.
I know this 'miracle cure' is just a temp fix. But, at least it gives me some breathing room to quickly (but not panic-strickenly) have a decent engine rebuilt. (Maybe I can even find a 4.0L head to put on it! [img]images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img])
Just wanted to let you guys know the current state of last week's crisis. Many thanks to all who provided advice and counsel.
Not to be sappy on you men of iron, but fervent prayer has bumped big hammers, baling wire, duct tape and torches from the top of my list of tools for fixing the unfixable. [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]
<font color="red"> With God, all things are possible! </font color>