[DML] update: engine lives! (was oil leak in valley-o-death)
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[DML] update: engine lives! (was oil leak in valley-o-death)



Before I (temporarly) reinstalled the intake and returned the engine to 
proper configuration I placed a long peizo electric flex strip over the 
two front channels.  One end is secured by bolt, the other end is 
expoxied into the cavity.  I ran the wires up the rear 'firewall'.  
This way I should be able to check if the the flex strip changes its 
orientation significantly while I run it in the garage (indicating that 
the epoxy is being pushed out).  

I realize their would be air leaks, thats okay, I'm not going on a trip 
or anything, just running it in the garage to see if I have plugged the 
only hole, and to see how it holds.  I put some liquid gasket around 
the intake ports near the broken bolt.  Then I gave it a oil+filter 
change and let it rip.  I'm glad to report, no oil leaks.   The engine 
sounds great. The flex strip hasn't changed resistance since 
installation, I'm going to wire it to a solid state LED bar display in 
the engine compartment that will indicate visualy if resistance has 
changed.  Before I call the repair a tentative sucess I'm going to 
replace the oil pressure sender and verify a stable reading there.

I've been working on the bolt carefully tonight.  I broke a couple of 
my nicer small bits, so I'm thinking of having someone qualified work 
on it instead:).  Anyway, thanks again for everyone's support and 
technical insight.  I very much appreciate it!  I'll post a picture 
that will indicate where the hole was found, and the repair.  


-Nate
vin11501

 

>
> Do not attempt to reinstall the intake manifold without repairing the
> broken bolt. You will not be able to install without having a large
> air leak and the motor will run badly. If the corrodded hole went into
> a pressurized oil passage you may not have enough oil pressure if you
> just epoxy it, pressurized oil will just leak out.








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