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Old 01-18-2014, 05:15 PM
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Hey guys! im new here and I have a few questions on my 1st gen, I bought the truck a few years ago (bought it as my first truck lol) but its been parked for a few years now, and the main reason I parked it was I got scared that I hurt the heads from moving it a few feet every once in a while without coolant in it, and me being the brilliant genius I was when I was 15 I didnt check the coolant, since my temp gauge didnt work at all, but anyway, since ive bought the truck ive maybe put 7 miles on it over the past 4-5 years, do you guys think i cooked the heads on it, i never ran the truck for more than 5-6 minutes moving it in and out of my shop, and now Im getting this truck ready for being a daily driver, and Im a little scared that I damaged the heads beyond repair and that im going to need to sink a bunch of cash trying to get it going again do you guys think the heads are still good or not ?
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I'd fill it up with coolant and run it just to see. I do know we used to run engines on a test stand without coolant, but that was mainly like a minute or two at the most.
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I'd fill it up with coolant and run it just to see. I do know we used to run engines on a test stand without coolant, but that was mainly like a minute or two at the most.
^^^^ That's what I would do as well. If it runs smooth and no leaks I'd say there's a good chance the heads are fine. One step at a time.
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I also agree too.

To be quite honest I can't see how you could have damaged anything in such a short time of running it. Even if it had no coolant it should be fine. I used to run around the scrap yard in various vehicles until they died without coolant and I'd run 'em all day starting and stopping. The only time I had failure I was well aware that it was coming. 1/2 hour might do some damage, but 5/6 minutes. I don't think so.
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ok thanks guys ill keep you guys posted on the progress and keeping my fingers crossed that everything will still work on that truck
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