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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old May 26th, 01, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hi, I just went and looked at a 91 chevy 1500 scottsdale shortbed,.. with the 4.3 liter v 6 - he's selling it for 4,000 , it has a tiny spot of body rust and underneath it is a little rusty ,. but nothing serious. the thing im worried about is, a little bit of white smoke comes out of the exhaust, i didnt think to smell it,. so im not sure if its antifreeze,- the guy said that chevy trucks tend to have a little white smoke, - other than a head gasket,. what could it be? and what would be most likely,. its not a lot smoke,. just a little,- it runs real good, i'd like to buy it,- i just dont want to find out its something very serious. and just out of curiosity how much would a head gasket cost??-- i think i would be able to put it on myself. thanks for the help.
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Nick, I'd say if it just smokes a little on startup, its probably valve guide/seal wear. If it clears up, I'd say keep an eye on your oil level and enjoy the truck....a lot of high mileage engines do that and have a lot of life left in them...good luck...Don http://hometown.aol.com/zz430droptop67rs/
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yes,. but if it was valve guide seals wouldnt it be oil burning,. - then wouldnt it be bluish smoke,- it was white,. and continue'd to smoke,... like i said though,.. it was a very small amount, could just need a new head gasket, i dont know- i think im gonna get it,... but still if anyone knows what it is i'd like to know,. thnx
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Yes I'm saying it still could be oil burning. Small amounts of burning oil can be white. we are just talking about a few drops on top of the pistons that ran down the open valve. if it was a head gasket, you would know it. Coolant burning looks more like steam than smoke..Yes, burning oil can look white. http://hometown.aol.com/zz430droptop67rs/
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thank you very much,... sounds logical,-- do you know how hard, and expensive this would be to fix,... and if i go without fixing it for a while,... will it hurt my engine?.. thank you very much,
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Nick, the valve seals arent all that bad to change (in the truck). You'll need shop air, a compression tester hose, (remove core) and a spring compressor. Do one at a time, followed by valve adjustment. Normally it takes a pro about 2 hours. Good luck! I've seen that LOTS of times on the Chevy. Don http://hometown.aol.com/zz430droptop67rs/
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old May 28th, 01, 03:53 AM
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ZZ430 is right, leaking valve seals are almost"standard equipment" on the 4.3 chevy engine with any miles at all, no big deal though.

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