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Water in #6 !!! Here is what happened:

When I started up cold Saturday morn, the motor must have had a tiny bit of water in cyl because it hesitated once in the crank cycle. I thought the battery was low as that is what it sounded like while cranking. But it started fine.
I then drove 15 miles and put gas in boat. Motor started 100% fine after fueling up. After a 45 mile run, I shut off and drop anchor. After about 10 minutes I started up again for a minute. Started fine, but I "kinda" thought it sound just ever so slightly "off". Like "maybe" there was a slight miss - maybe?!?!?

We partied for about 2-3 hours and I try to start my motor. Starts to crank (not start) then locks up. I find that only #6 is full of water. Remove plug and crank to remove water (Thought is to clear water and run home) good amount of water comes out. Wait a few minutes, and repeat - a little bit of water comes out. Wait a few more minutes, and repeat - a little bit of water comes out. Wait a few more minutes, and repeat - a little bit of water comes out. At first I thought headers were leaking. Did pressure test Sunday, headers are 100% fine. There is some water in oil. Noticed oil level was about 1 quart over full, still looked good on dip stick though. But on the bottom of the oil fill caps on valve covers - milkshake!

Not that it matters, but motors are run 99% of the time @ 3500 - 4000 RPM and maybe 10 minutes total time WOT. Motors have 100 hours on rebuild - they have not been run hard and have had better care than most people care for their kids.

So I limped back at 7 - 8 mph. Now THAT sucked!!

So I am thinking I have either a blown head gasket, cracked head or cracked block. Any ideas?


PS: Boat is now in NC in the care of Joey Griffin as he is the one that built the motors. I guess I'll hear what the problem is in a few days, but still curious to hear from all the motor wizards what the best guess is.
 

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How did you test the headers? If they are tube headers I would look real close at them. Head gaskets should not blow at 100hrs unless you have a lot of boost or an assembly/torque problem ocurred.

I was talking to Innovation Marine one time about a milkshake problem and their comment was all SS headers leak or will soon leak. They put drains in them so the water can be drained out of them after running.
 

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I put about 45 PSI water pressure in no leaks - pres held steady. I too have drains installed so they drain after I shut off motor. It is NOT the headers.
 

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I said it before on the same other tread....

Head gasket,,, which was probably caused by inadequate torque, or not re- checking torque again after run-in, OR just plain old head bolts that stretched out.
 

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Speedwake said:
yes - he started another thread - heads rotted out - salt water or salt away in a cast iron head ate through the water jacket.


I didn't click on this thread until today, but, that is exactly what happened to my iron heads but it was #4 :unhappy1:



The scenario of discovery was very similar too :winker:
 
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