My wife drove home, and told me "something is wrong with the car".
She said there was white smoke coming from the exhaust. I tried to start it up, and it turned over a couple of times, and then hydrolocked (under the power of the starter only).
I got it into the garage, drained the oil (it looked fine), and consulted the forum. I bought a new UIM (with the modified stovepipe) and LIM gaskets and installed them. I also put in new spark plugs. I got it all put back together last night and fired it up. It ran great, with a little bit of steam coming out of the exhaust as the remaining coolant burned out of the cylinders.
Then all of the sudden, it sounded like a diesel, and began knocking and making all kinds of noise. It sounded like someone had dropped a lug nut into one of the cylinders. It was also leaking gas around one of the injectors, so I shut it down.
Could the hydrolock have severely damaged the lower end, even tho the car was only being turned over by the starter? The car has 130K on it, so I'm looking at a long-block replacement.
I've got a couple of calls into a dealer that deals with Jasper and 2 other brands of reman engines. Any idea about how much labor should be?