So after my 93 went 280k+ miles before i sold it without any head gasket issues, my 97 developed the early signs of a #6 gasket leak two weeks ago. Basically running like crap for the first few minutes each time I started it. There was no noticeable white smoke or water in the oil.... I pulled the #6 plug and stuck my camera snake down the whole to find Lake Powell on the piston. You can see the water ripple when I plung the "QTIP" up and down in the cylinder.
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I've order my parts from Menlove Toyota, our local club sponsoring dealership, and Friday through Saturday I was able to tear everything apart and get it all cleaned up. Here's a few fun photos.
Heres the Engine compartment sans the head.
The head and gasket on the floor.
Why is the oil stain so much darker in the timing chain area of the head?
You can see the area where they gasket was mis shappened. Looks like I was blowing coolant in there.
I will drop the head off at the machine shop and have it cleaned and surfaced. I am also going to drop the injectors off if I can find a place here in Salt Lake City. I figure I have 190k on the cruiser and they probably need a little tune up. I haven't decided to do the timing chain yet. It looks good. I'm basically replacing every coolant hose and Vac line. I had a couple hoses break in half when removing them. The valve cover gasket had turned to stone. It took me 20 minutes to remove it from the cover, 1/4" chunk at a time. I've got brushes for the Altenator and a new front main seal. Anything else I should look at while I'm in there?