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Old 10-28-2010, 11:27 AM
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Hello all I'm a newbie to the forum and was looking for some advise. I have a 1997 Dodge Indy Pace truck that has been suffering from head gasket failures. It's been in storage for about 5 yrs now and I'm thinking of fixing it back up. Here's my issue, the motor is build with low compression blower pistons, cams, Procharger and NOS. The truck isn't raced and barely beat on. It will not stop leaking coolant into the oil. I know it's not excessive boost, I've checked angle on head to block and intake contact and always made sure the blower head gaskets are torqued properly. I'm not a big Dodge fan, so I'm not really sure of any issues they may have. The last two times I did not find and issue with the head gaskets.

I've also used a smoke machine to look for possibilities for damage or leakage. I'll be in the process of removing the motor, I hate to trash the motor because it does not have a ton of mileage on it and it's been set up with the good pistons etc.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you in advance!
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Are you sure the deck and heads are perfectly level? What kind of gaskets are being used? Have you done a leakdown test to determine which cyilinder(s) might be affected? Have the heads and block been magnafluxed to check for cracks?
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Sorry for the delay, yes we had the heads checked, checked block with straight edge, smoked motor and were using a Fel-Pro blower gasket that was recommended. I believe the last two times there were no signs of head gasket failure, however we were getting coolant in the oil. O'ya were using Arp head bolts. This motor has never really lasted long considering that were running a small powerdyne (junk) super charger. The motor is low compression also, built for a blower set up. I was told I should o-ring the block and heads, trouble is I'd like to see where the failure is, instead of just throwing parts at it. Thanks again.
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Since you've covered all the usual bases, the only thing comes to mind is a crack in the block somewhere. If the motor isn't apart yet, I'd back the rockers off so all the valves are closed and perform a leakdown test.
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