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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 1st, 00, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey, i'm new here and thought i'd post a question and see what you guys thought. I have a 1969 Camaro RS and i was driving it and then the upper radiator hose blew and split the radiator open. Well anyway, we got a new hose and radiator and started filling the radiator up with antifreeze and water. Well we got about 5 gallons of water and antifreeze and then it starts coming out the tail pipe. And my father said it's either a warped head, blown head gasket or a cracked block which i don't think its a cracked block. But what my question is, if it filled up with that much liquid and stuff what do you think it would be, a warped head, blown head gasket or a cracked block?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 00, 02:38 AM
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sorry to say,but i think it will be a cracked head or block...but may be just a head gasket.only way to know for sure is pull the heads.good luck

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 2nd, 00, 02:46 AM
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Yep, it's time to do a compression test at least, check for water in the oil, pull the heads and check prices on new crate engines.
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I agree,but i would'nt even crank that engine over at this point.If you put 5 gallons of coolant in,a small block only holds about 3-31/2 gallons,then there is a good chance 1 or more of your cylinders is filled with coolant.If you crank the engine over at all you could do more damage from hydrostatic lock,liquids don't compress.At this point you will have to tear it down anyway,if it's leaking this bad the problem should be obvious when you get it taken apart.

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I'm thinking the hose and radiator are results, not causes of inner problems. I'd guess a blown head gasket due to warped head, or something worse in the head. Take out the plugs and look for coolant. This will give you a starting point. Block problems might put water in the oil mostly.
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Hey Doug G, please don't say that!! but i'm just hoping it's a head gasket. and Torch I don't think i'll be looking for a new crate engine anytime in the future. Due to that all the numbers match and EVERYTHING on the car is original. My gramps bought the car for my dad in '71 and it's been in the family ever since and my dad gave it to me. We're trying to restore it and rebuild the engine, and well pretty much the whole car. just tryin' to keep everything original, not "supped" up or anything like that. But everybody thanks very much! i'll look into everything you all said.

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Pull the plugs and crank it to clear the water. Change the oil, and do a compression test. Low comression in two cylinders next to eachother indicates a blown gasket. Start it and look for bubbles in the radiator. I'm afraid this ones real sick.



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Well when my dad was working on it one day while i was at school he did crank it over. I don't know why he did it, but anywayz, when he did it, everything came out the tail pipe ALL OVER the garage door!! So is that kinda what your talking about??
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old Jan 3rd, 00, 06:28 PM
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Thats exactly what I thought would happen.I had a friend in high school ,waaaay back when.Same situation,he did more damage on his GTO doing the compression check then he had before he started.If you crank it any more ,I would do it by hand,unless you know the cylinders are clear.

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