RE: [DML] exhaust problem
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RE: [DML] exhaust problem


It sure looks like perhaps someone's been there ahead of you and done some 
not so good work. (Just a guess.)

NOTE TO LIST: I know the best option is a new head, I really do! But, I'm 
going to offer Andy some ideas for "agricultural" repairs that might 
possibly get him out of the woods without that expense, so please don't come 
at me with pitch forks and torches! ;)

Andy, probably nobody can give you an authoritative answer based on your 
photo and description.
Dealing with a case of corrosion such as this is probably as much art as it 
is science, and seeing the parts up close would possibly result in some 
better ideas on how to handle it. The best fix of course is to replace that 
head, but here are some "take your chances" ideas that fall short of that 

Scenario 1: (the best case scenario) Which is that you can do almost nothing 
to it, put it all back together and not have any problems with it:

On the upper left hole, how good are the threads that start about 1/8 deep? 
Are they nice and clean, or are they also corroded? Also, it is hard to tell 
from your photo, but is that a crack growing out of that same hole at about 
the 9 o'clock position? If there is no crack and the threads are in really 
good shape beginning about 1/8" below the surface you might get away with 
putting a new stainless stud in there with ample (lots) of anti-seize to 
help prevent further corrosion in that spot. If you follow this course of 
action just be sure to fully seat that stud to take maximum advantage of the 
remaining threads, and be sure not to over-torque the nut. (Use a new nut, 
of course!)

On the dimpled metal by the lower left hole, since it wasn't leaking before 
and since the head seems flat right arount the port, it might seal again.

Scenario 2. Head cracked by the upper left hole. The prognosis here is not 
as good as in the first scenario, but you may be able to use some JB Weld to 
strengthen the area around that hole and get away with slapping it back 
together as above and not have any more trouble with it - or not - nobody 
can say for sure.

If you try either of the above fixes, you are, of course, taking a chance 
that after you put it back together it will leak and you can't seal it and 
you start speaking all kinds of French words and spending all kinds of 
American dollars to replace the head anyway. Or you might get lucky and have 
no problems except maybe some sleepless nights as you stare at the ceiling 
wondering if it will hold.

The best fix would be to replace the head of course. Perhaps a good 
automotive machine shop could weld that area and re-drill/tap the stud hole. 
I don't just don't know waht an experienced shop could/would do with your 
problem. I think I would try to get the best close up of that are you can 
and take that picture to a local auto machine shop or two to see what they 
say about it.

Good luck.
Joe Kuchan.

>From: Soma576@xxxxxxx
>Subject: [DML] exhaust problem
>I have my engine out and I am doing some exhaust work on it.  I have
>uploaded a file to the yahoogroups photo section under the folder '11596'for  you to view.  You can see that this port has me worried.

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