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Old January 24th, 2015, 06:31 PM
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Well I got some crappy news today...........my new to me Classic has a cracked block on two sides.


Got it a couple of months ago and have spent pretty big money getting some issues taken care of (brakes, heater, bushings, seats, etc....). I have a buddy that is a LR tech and works on it for me on the weekends and after work. A couple of weeks ago he said one of the other techs (it's at LR dealer) noticed that there was some water leaking out of it. My buddy did not get to see it, but was hopeful that perhaps the wiper fluid tank froze and busted.

He pulled it in the shop today to try and figure out what was going on and found the block cracked on both sides. The truck was full of 100% water and no anti-freeze........not a freaking drop. We had both checked the level, but honestly never really thought to confirm it was coolant.

Who the FU*% fills a truck up with 100% water, especially when parts depend on the coolant for lubrication????

I honestly can't believe this happened..............it's just going to have to sit in the garage for a while.

What is a used 4.2 going for?

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Old January 24th, 2015, 06:33 PM
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That's just the outer water jacket. How does it run ? Use any coolant ?
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Old January 24th, 2015, 06:42 PM
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Not sure how it runs now............it ran fantastic.......low mileage motor.

Coolant (or water) leaks out both sides, so yes I guess it uses coolant.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 07:19 PM
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Lots of folks in the south run straight water, never understood it besides $$ saving.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 07:42 PM
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You could try drilling the ends of teh crack to keep it form spreading and JB weld it.

But short of that, Mark Miller Greenbull has the 3.9 that came out of his d-90 from a recent diesel swap. Its sitting at Urban in Atlanta.

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I thought about the JB weld, but at the end of the day it's just a crap fix.

I have a truck at Urban, so that could work.......this motor is the 4.2.......honestly, I'm not going to run out and go buy another motor. My rover funds are drained for the time being, I have had a miserable run of bad luck with all three of my trucks. Not a damn one of them runs right now.

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Lots of folks in the south run straight water, never understood it besides $$ saving.
I don't get it...........Why risk thousands when you are talking about $40 worth of coolant? I've lived in the south my entire life and have never been cheap enough to just use water.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 07:53 PM
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Unless it's gushing out the crack I'd just drive it and keep a gallon of coolant in the boot for topping up.
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Old January 24th, 2015, 08:10 PM
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Unless it's gushing out the crack I'd just drive it and keep a gallon of coolant in the boot for topping up.
I'll need to keep oil too.......lol.

The intake gasket is buggered up and it leaks oil like a champ. Intake gasket was going to get fixed, but not now.

I think the root of my problems were from a previous head gasket change.
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