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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 18, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Head Gasket Concern

My head gasket is missing a small piece between cylinders 3 and 5 on my 383. That area is no longer smooth. It's rough like it has been filed. I now have to get my heads milled. What would have caused this? It was running great until I took it to a shop. They removed the intake manifold and had the distributor out of sync. It was detonating like crazy until they put the distributor back in correctly and validated the timing. They also removed the valve covers and replaced the gaskets. They may have tightened some of the rocker arms. I don't know. I am trying to determine if this head gasket issue was caused by them or coincidental. I have less than 10K miles on the motor. I tried to attach a pic, but it wouldn't let me. Thanks for any input.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 18, 12:55 PM
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Re: Head Gasket Concern

He put the dizzy back without checking the timing which may have caused you to destroy your motor? What does this guy do for a living? What exactly did you bring it in for? Pics would help, but if it ran good before this person messed with it then I would suspect it something they did.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 4th, 18, 05:03 PM
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Re: Head Gasket Concern

"It was detonating like crazy until they put the distributor back in correctly and validated the timing."

This COULD have lead to premature head gasket failure. However, it would be impossible to say with certainty that the detonation definitely caused the blown head gasket. How many miles did you drive it like this?

It would take quite a few miles and some time to cause the head to become rough. It is more likely that the head gasket had already begun to fail when they started working on your car. The gasses making the trek across the head surface is what would eat the surface away.

Why was the intake pulled? I am guessing SOMETHING wasn't quite right.

Highly unlikely that anything else you mentioned would contribute to head gasket failure.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 18, 11:44 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Head Gasket Concern

I took it to get a trans leak fixed. They saw a manifold leak and I said sure, fix it. The site wouldn't let me attach a picture. I am almost certain that they caused this, but I am trying to connect the dots. Thanks for your help. D
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old Sep 5th, 18, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Head Gasket Concern

Excellent points, Lynn. I only drove it 5 miles at most from there to my house. And I didn't dog it in the process. I had them replace the intake manifold gasket because of a leak and they screwed up the timing. They had the distributor out of sync. Once I returned the car, they finally got it right. The site won't let me upload a pic and I made sure that I had no attachments already associated with my account. I emailed an admin and I looked at my account and saw that I had no existing attachments. Thanks! D
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