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Old 03-29-2013, 12:33 PM
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Sick to my stomach

Currently in the process of changing the head gaskets on my 94. Have one side done already and was working on the other side. Got the head off and was looking down into the block and notice some gunk in there. So went ahead and starting cleaning it out. While finishing up I was looking at the block and noticed a wet spot. Wiped it dry and went back to flushing it out. Looked again and noticed it was wet again. Grabbed some brake cleaner to find thisSick to my stomach-imageuploadedbyautoguide1364585488.051668.jpg


226000 miles. Never really heard of this on a 7.3 so thought I would share.


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Old 03-29-2013, 12:45 PM
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Wow did you ever see a leak prior to this? first time i have seen it.time to upgrade i suppose
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Old 03-29-2013, 12:50 PM
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yikes.. .
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Old 03-29-2013, 01:22 PM
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that's exactly what happens to ANY engine that is run without changing the coolant once inna while...

people will have a small leak, and just keep adding water....next winter...

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if you NEED to run it a while, you can find a couple bottles of "Bar's Leaks" .. it is absolutely the best stop leak made....get some, follow the instructions to the letter, and it will seal it up.... and don't bother trying anything else....

and you will HAVE to run straight water..... you can even do this in the winter, you just MUST keep it plugged in.....
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Old 03-29-2013, 02:00 PM
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It did leak but I thought it was because of the bad gasket. The engine is on a stand right now so I definitely wont be driving it


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That's terrible, but a good block only could be found, guy selling one on here in the classifieds, suks when it happens tho
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Old 03-29-2013, 10:32 PM
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Could that be repaired by someone who knows how to weld cast iron?
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Could that be repaired by someone who knows how to weld cast iron?
I know a guy who has been doing it for years with success. He did mine on my jeep once, worked fine but it really does matter where the crack is in that block.
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Old 03-30-2013, 01:46 AM
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the cummins 53 blocks from '98-'01 are well known to develop 6-7" cracks in the water jacket. there is actually a special welding rod out there designed to fix engine block cracks.

if your engine is out of the truck it shouldn't cost much to have a welder fix it up for you. to do it properly does take time though. it needs to be heated and cooled properly a few times in the process.
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Old 03-30-2013, 05:33 AM
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I knew that 24 valves with the 53 block would do that. Actually one of my buddies has one with 280000 on it with mods. As for fixing this, Im shied away from having it stitched or welded. I haven't heard a lot about stitching. Its about six inches long on the passenger side starting at a freeze plug heading toward the drain plug. I think Im going to try and find a block and swap everything over.


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