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#1 Mad Bomber

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 02:28 PM

I have a 2001 6speed and a 53 block today found a leak in the passenger side. With us now on a fixed income I just don't know how to afford a new block. Any where you know to get a differant one? We just got our trailer last fall and now the truck won't pull it. Completely distraught and don't know what to do with tears. Thanx Eric

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:17 PM

Lock n Stitch is an option. Ben can ellaborate.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:21 PM

not enough material in the block there, it has been tried



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 04:54 PM

I need a block some how

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 05:32 PM

Could always bring extra coolant with you and fill it up every day. Might last a long time and not get worse.
Get towing insurance on you truck and trailer, cheap though most indurance co. Then you can get back home, or somewhere close.
Worse that could happen is you need a new engine, and you are already there, you really don't have much to loose.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 05:55 PM

There is also a product called blue devil. I ONLY recommend it when there is nothing to loose. It is a clear liquid, and it will form a glass like surface at the leak point (and other places). You MUST follow the instructions to the letter, but I have fixed a few blown headgaskets with it.
Again, this is only if you have nothing to loose by trying it.
I do not consider this a permanent fix, but there were times when the owner did not have the money for a proper repair, it did keep them on the road.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 06:33 PM

How about JB weld? That stuff can fix lots of things. Grind a V in the crack and drill a hole at each end of the crack so it won't travel. Fill it up and let it set.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:23 PM

I am afraid the block has to be changed. You can try some bandaids but the fact of the matter is nothing is going to last long or be reliable for long trips IMHO.

It is probably going to be cheaper to find a motor from a running truck and just swap the whole long block. I will keep my eyes open for a candidate.

Sorry Eric. No one deserves this situation.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 07:32 PM

i have a solution and is a good one, use the jb weld then run evens coolant, no pressure needed in the cooling system. then it will last for years



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:26 PM

Interesting idea Dave. figures you would come up with that.



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Posted 15 July 2017 - 08:47 PM

FYI they don't leak much you can run it long time. There's a 24v rolled truck in rexburg id for $1800 listed on Facebook keep motor part truck break even

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 09:17 PM

Interesting idea Dave. figures you would come up with that.

i have a 215 motor than ran with a foot long crack in the block for years, just topped off the coolant. thats why jb and evens coolant will work for the long haul



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 02:37 AM

And you all think I'm crazy.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:26 AM

And you all think I'm crazy.

not crazy, but will not work with any rad pressure



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:42 AM

And you all think I'm crazy.

Think? lol
J/K

I sure hope this idea works. So how do you keep the pressure down?

Edited by Scotty_, 16 July 2017 - 06:45 AM.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:50 AM

Think? lol
J/K

I sure hope this idea works. So how do you keep the pressure down?

take the rubber off the pressure cap, you just want to cover the hole in the rad to keep stuff out of it



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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:58 AM

take the rubber off the pressure cap, you just want to cover the hole in the rad to keep stuff out of it


Simple. Thats great.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:20 AM

Eric just a quick question. Are you sure it's a cracked block? The leak is not possibly leaking anywhere else? Just thinking is a very good idea to rule out all other possibilities.

#19 Mad Bomber

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:34 AM

Yes it's cracked going though a ton of it coolant.

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:36 AM

Can any block work. Or must it be block and pistons that work it




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