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Old 11-10-2003, 06:25 PM   #41
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It'* a one-day job for an amateur with the right book.
One day, Thats a joke.
Is it? My neighbor, Jseabert, age 16 at the time, and had never even so much as changed his oil, did this in ONE DAY. With my book, but now help from me.
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Old 11-10-2003, 07:11 PM   #42
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It'* a one-day job for an amateur with the right book.
One day, Thats a joke.
Is it? My neighbor, Jseabert, age 16 at the time, and had never even so much as changed his oil, did this in ONE DAY. With my book, but now help from me.
If you think that I can do the head gaskets in one day, you either

1) have faith in my knowledge
2) or its an easy job

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Old 11-10-2003, 10:39 PM   #43
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Maybe I missed it but did we determine that it was infact the head gasket? I snatched this but you may want to try some of this to determine if it IS infact the problem before tearing it up. Check it out:

Testing an automobile engine for a blown head gasket is pretty straightforward. The first check is to see if there are combustion gasses getting into the cooling system. Take a sample of the coolant and go to the local radiator shop and request that they analyze the coolant for the presence of hydrocarbons. If they are present then it is most likely that you have a blown head gasket.

Another check is to look at the oil of a warmed up engine. The antifreeze in the oil will whip it up into a frothy brown mixture that looks like a milk shake. If it looks like chocolate mousse then you probably have a blown head gasket.

Another check is to fill the cooling system to the brim and remove the radiator cap. Do this when the engine is cool. Start the engine and race it. If there is a compression leak and the gasses are going into the cooling jacket then the gasses will displace the coolant. Since the cap is off the coolant will be pushed out of the radiator. You probably have a blown head gasket.

Did ya pass the tests?
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Old 11-10-2003, 10:47 PM   #44
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they make a block tester that is a clear cylinder with a tappered part on the bottom, you put this blue fluid in it and lower your rad fluid. put this tool into the top of the rad. and start the engine, if there is exhaust gasses getting into the water jacket, the fluid will turn yellow. this kit is cheap, like 40 bux including a 16 oz bottle of the fluid, which will do over 16 tests . this is a pass/fail test. it will either be blue or yellow.
well worth the money. i know this from experience. i have one
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I was driving with the engine cold tonight, and I pulled up to a light. The first thing most people say is you notice a loss in power. The car has been driving the best its been since weve owned it, after I used that restore 4 stuff in it. It pulls harder than ever. I have a hard time believing that it is the head gasket. I looked inside engine oil cap, no buildup nothing. My coolant doesnt bubble, no air, it has remained around the same visual level for the last few months.

Im now believing its on of the intake gaskets. Someone agreeing with me?

And other people also said I would see ALOT of white smoke, meaning id have problems seeing out the rear. Example for tonight, there was barely ANY smoke, a little pume a size of a few of my fists. Its on and off, warm or cold atmosphere. My car is weird???

It does drop stuff out of the exhaust though, it seems to be water.
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well the tester i told you about will rule out a head gasket. the plactic intake gaskets to break apart and leak into either the intake runner or the lifter valley. i would defintly have a block test done first before you tear anything apart
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yeah water is a natural byproduct of the combustion process, water comming out the exhaust is really nothing to worry about. The best way, obviously, is to do what Jeff said. I hate spending money diagnosing problems but in this case it can really save you some work. On a side note if you have such a coolant leak that you can't see out the back you might have bigger problems to worry about. Worst burning fluids problem I've ever seen is when I blew 2 sets of rings in a 305 I had. Burned all 4 quarts in about an hour, put a glaze on the back windshield, and people couldn't drive behind me on the way home. It was nasty. Coolant leaks can be of any amount
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unfortunately my actualy question was never really answered.......What performance mods should I perform on the car.......

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Its always easier for me when someone posts a budget they are going on also. Its all about "how fast can you afford"? On a n/a a good portion of the modifications can be slightly deeper in the engine than simple boltons. Of course you have the CAI but to get some real power porting of the intake may be necessary. A chip should also help out with the power. Maybe you can even find underdrive pulleys for it. I can type out a wishlist all day but without a spending cap to go on thats really all it'll be. Lemme know how much you plan on spending and I can give you better suggestions.
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the "First Mods" article in Techinfo is a great starting point, too.
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