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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2002, 06:59 PM
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Helped a buddy get his Zook running

A buddy of mine has a soft top Samurai with 31's. The thing is MINT but he blew the head gasket in it about a month ago. He drove it all winter with a F'd up carb. & was bummed out cause he was getting ready to buy a Weber carb for it. So now he could afford a head gasket but the carb. would have to wait. He'd never done anything like this before so he asked me a lot of questions, bought a Haynes manual, & did it himself. Took him a while but he got it done. Well, was still leaking (oil) AT the head gasket . So I told him to take it all back apart & get the head planed & checked out. So VERY reluctantly,.......he did. So he put it all back together, struggled with figuring out the time for a while, but got it running. No oil leaks. So he decided to take it to work. Well, on the way home on the turnpike it died & he had it towed home. I went over after work to give it a shot. I troubleshot it for a while and found several little problems like crappy battery terminals but nothing big. Then I pulled the dist. cap off & had him crank the motor over. WHOA! THE ROTOR BUTTON ISN'T TURNING. Pulled everything BACK apart again. Found the whole head TOASTED due to no oil & the timing belt SMOKED. Me,"well, you need a whole new COMPLETE head, timing belt, & to find out why this happened" Him, "fuk" SO to save some money & get more Zook parts I had him fork over some money to buy that Zook off of JEEPN (Mark). SO..... Back to today.
This morning pulled the head WITH the intake & carb. off the parts Zook at my house. Went out to his house. Pulled HIS entire head, intake, & carb off. THOUGHOLY checked out the heads, block, & head gaskets. Installed the head, intake, carb. on his Zook (a lot harder than it sounds). Charged the battery & set the timing for him. Me, "start her up & lets see if oil is getting to the head." Him, "Yeah like it's gonna start right up, ya wonna bet money". I should have cause it fired right up & ran MINT. All kinds of oil squirting out of the head. COOL! Took it for a ride. He said it ran better than it had EVER ran since he's had it. I'm starting to rember what's fun about wrenching on stuff. For all the times stuff goes wrong,......there's always that ONE TIME that everything goes right!
Hey, how come I have such good luck wrench on OTHER peoples rigs??????
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2002, 07:19 PM
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Re: Helped a buddy get his Zook running

well form your reading this is just a gues but its a pretty good 1 your friend insatlled his head ghaskett upside down blocking off his oil passages to his head therefor trashing it .
this is a very very common mistake if you dont no what your doing .
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 07-04-2002, 07:49 PM
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Re: Helped a buddy get his Zook running

He said he put the side that said "top" up so.... Either that or we figure when it got shaved something dropped into the oil passageway on his origonal head. Too bad too, his origonal head looks MINT besides being overheated.
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