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Old 08-05-2019, 05:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have a 1983 Ford Ranger farm truck, it might get 50 miles a year tooling around the Ranch.
This spring it started smoking like crazy and appeared to be burning coolant.
Here is a video of it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd3ZVGMxv-s

I found that the water pump bearings were toast and had leaked all of the coolant out without anyone noticing, so it got overheated at some point. All of the trips are 1-5 minutes in this thing, so not terribly hot.

I started troubleshooting it and found that the #1 cylinder is spotless like its being steam cleaned, where all other cylinders have a ton of carbon buildup in them, so I figured #1 is the culprit.
I started by pulling the intake manifold and didnt find any issues, pulled the head and didnt find any cracks in the block or issues with the head gasket.
It is using a ton of coolant, but no coolant in the oil, it seemed to be burning it all.

Any ideas where coolant is getting into the cylinder from? Like I said I cant find any obvious places.
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Did have the head tested for cracks? Just because you don't see one doesn't mean there isn't one there.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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50 miles a year I'd have bought some block sealer.
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Old 08-05-2019, 06:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that's a lot of smoke for a crack that you can't see, maybe it is in the exhaust port?
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Cracked head.
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Did have the head tested for cracks? Just because you don't see one doesn't mean there isn't one there.
Not yet, but figured as much coolant it was burning and smoke that was coming out of it I should be able to see it.
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50 miles a year I'd have bought some block sealer.
This truck has sentimental value for the Ranch owner, he wants it fixed correctly
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Cracked head.... btdt... a couple of times.

only once has it been a head gasket...
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Cracked head for sure. I've had a few 2.3l and everytime I've done a head gasket the head ended up cracked as well.
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swap a 5.0 in there! That'll fix it correctly!
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swap a 5.0 in there! That'll fix it correctly!
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50 miles a year I'd have bought some block sealer.
It's a 1983 ford ranger. I wouldve left it where it died.
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swap a 5.0 in there! That'll fix it correctly!
I am considering it... It would be driven more if that was the case.
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It's a 1983 ford ranger. I wouldve left it where it died.
Im still trying to convince him to let me haul it off for scrap, I dont want to deal with the rats nest of vacuum lines when putting it back together.
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