Road to a blown head gasket (passenger side)

marine12001

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I just bought a 2001 Cobra sight unseen (NON RUNNING) **UNKNOWN ENGINE ISSUES**

Only thing I new about the car is it what I saw in pictures and what the seller told me. And the body is SUPER CLEAN!!!

A.) Started it up one day and it was blowing white smoke and the engine shut off.
B.) Block had been replaced in 2008 by a KarKraft Aluminum block and heads rebuilt.
C.) Car does not currently run.

1.) So the first thing I checked was the oil and coolant.

oil= full and no milky oil
coolant=looks new and filled

2.) Pulled the Spark Plugs
Driver side head was clean
passenger side were full of oil

3.) Compression test

Driver side:
160
150
150
150

Passenger side
110
45
69
180

4.) Leakdown test passenger only

Passenger:

20%
20%
20%
20%

So everything is pointing to a blown head gasket between the 2nd and 3rd cylinder or a cracked cylinder head somewhere.

Total cost to fix.

1. gasket set 230.0
2. head bolts 40.00
3. oil and coolant 40.00
4. Camshaft holding tool 130.00
5. Mill head and check 130.00

Total $570.00

Tear down complete waiting on machine shop. I did not remove the engine
although it would have been easier and a few more hours work I dont have the tools to do it.

*repainted valve covers while I had them off.

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ChillPhatCat

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Looks nice from that pic, how many miles on the car itself?

Sometimes the best deals are cars that nobody else would touch...

I am no longer allowed to buy non-running cars (fiancee's orders :p ) but good luck!
 

marine12001

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Thanks....just kit 100,000 miles. From the paper work I was given it looks like the short block was replaced at 82,000 miles along with the heads being gone through. Luck of the draw this kid had a blown gasket. Probably from him romping on it and bad timing/detonation. I saw a tuner in the trunk and it has some bolt on mods. Should be another week until I get her up and running..