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#1 KennyP ONLINE  

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 06:32 AM

Aaron and Steve worked on this all last week. The owner thought the block was cracked and brought it to Aaron to change the engine. It is a 454 Chevy. It had moisture in the crankcase and was the consistency of a milkshake. Aaron wanted to be sure the block was cracked, so he drained the oil (sludge) and put some diesel fuel in to clean it out. After several more oil changes and a few more issues that needed fixed (broken impeller on the water pump, bad circuit breaker), it is running great. The guys even took it out for a spin on the lake just to be sure.

Here's the bad boy:

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Posted March 14, 2013 - 06:55 AM

Boy-  He got lucky!!  I had a block crack on my V-6 a while back and the short block was 2K!!

 

A 454 would have been way pricey!! :wallbanging:


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:18 AM

Boy-  He got lucky!!  I had a block crack on my V-6 a while back and the short block was 2K!!

 

A 454 would have been way pricey!! :wallbanging:

That's why they went to the trouble of flushing it real good. Turns out the oil hadn't been changed for 'some' time and it was just a build up of condensation. Purrs right along now!


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:30 AM

that boat would eat so much gas


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:31 AM

Looks like someone is going to have some fun this summer.. It's a nice feeling when things go well.


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:34 AM

that boat would eat so much gas

I couldn't afford to launch it! I hyad a bass boat with a 460 jet drive, what a gas hog.


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 07:37 AM

The owner can afford the gas for it. He has $$$$$$$$$$$$ to spare!


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 08:42 AM

That is a nice boat and it is good that they could save the engine.  As for the fuel cost, it fall into that old adage" If you have to ask the price you can't afford it".

 

that boat would eat so much gas


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 08:54 AM

Kenny, that is a nice boat.  I'm glad they got it going.


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 08:55 AM

Morale of the story - proper maintenance!


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 09:24 AM

Good investigating always pays off . Good work .

 

larryd


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Posted March 14, 2013 - 10:27 AM

I agree Larryd. The diagnosing is the difference between a good mechanic and a parts replacer. When I was a kid, 'mechanic' meant that the person really knew what they were doing. It was repeated to me in my carpentry apprenticeship "neither mechanics nor fools can work with dull tools". In other words take care of your mind and equipment. Coffee breaks were for filing hand saws.

 

BTW there are good troubleshooting guides in most of our engine manuals.



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Good diagnostics on that one , I was reading and waiting to find the end of the story to be a cracked manifold or block. Pleasant surprise I was wrong :-)



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 11:47 AM

I'll bet the owner will be real pleased at this outcome! Nice boat but she must cost a fortune to run!



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Posted March 14, 2013 - 02:57 PM

The true definition of the word "BOAT" is:

 

 

A hole in the water into which you put much money$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$!!


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