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Posted 29 September 2005 - 08:14 PM
I took it wheelling, and got into water deep enough to suck into the engine. Lots of water. It bent a conn. rod in the process, and I didn't have any tools.
I got it restarted by having my buddy givew it kicks with thte starter and letting the water leak past the rings into the case. So I get it running, and out of the pond, and it is knocking so bad it shakes the car, but I'm rolling again. I keep going down the trail because by now we are a bit past the Middle of nowhere point. Even with the engine whacking up a storm, it keeps going, untill I hit a double-whoop with a huge arse rock in the bottom. It smashed the skid plate into the oil pan so far it shorted the oil pressure sender. The oil gauge pegs and the coolant gauge drops to stone cold. WTF?
so I turn the heater on, and nothing comes out. Oh snap! the block is empty! By now the power steering was gone because of something in the hole and it's a biotch to steer. It keeps going. During this whole period, water is sloshing around in the cab and draining out the bottom because of the water hole being so deep.
We make it out to the power lines, dusty rider would recognize this area as across the souhegan down by Kingbrook road on 31. I decide its best not to blow the engine, so we walk. and walk and walk because nobody who drives by will give us a ride. finally we find a group of crack heads parked on the side of the road. They were scared when we showed up, mabe they thought we were the police? But they let us use their cell phone and call a ride.
I don't know how bad the damage is, but I know the engine is trash. I'm going to go back tomorrow and fix the coolant hose which ripped off, fillit up with water and run it out to 31. Hopefully the bottom end won't let go. From there it's getting towed back to my house.
I made a line of mistakes:
Don't go wheeling without tools
Don't go with only one car.
Don't go into ponds without a different intake
Bring a cell phone and a flashlight when wheeling in the dark.
luckely I had a sweater in the wagon, 'cause bobby got pretty cold wading around in the 2 foot deep water.
Posted 29 September 2005 - 08:30 PM
Posted 30 September 2005 - 12:37 AM
but otherwise, good advice, I usually follow these tips for street driving.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:51 AM
So you still like mud, right? :-p
Posted 30 September 2005 - 04:00 PM
I reattached the coolant hose, filled er up, and the wagon made it out under its own power. It's kinda hard to pick good lines after dark with a mud-smeared windshield, but I'm learning. The engine is fubar. Lots of internal friction and nasty noises. But it still runs. Dam their tough. Now to tow it the 10mi back home.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 04:22 PM
I'd suggest a whole motor swap. Really won't be worth a complete rebuild. Motor swap will get you back running and on the trails the fastest and cheapist, IMHO. Just drive it the 10miles; whats it going to do... blow up?
Good luck with the repairs! Just an excuse to upgrade right?
Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:01 PM
Good luck with the engine may just find another used one and drop it in.
Posted 30 September 2005 - 08:01 PM
Posted 30 September 2005 - 09:19 PM
seriously,it was just water. I had hit the mudholes earlier. The water was over the wheels at the deepest, so the de-snorkused intake had solid water to suck in. It was full up to the throttle plate But it restarted. My oil now looks like a frappe, but it is too late to care.The 10mi is on a 50mph winding uphill road that has no pullouts or breakdown lane people seem to have a habit of dying in that section and I don't want to add to the ranks just yet.I have a carb block, but it will need some bore honing to restart. the plugs were out and the tarp blew off. I just bought a 89 touring wagon, so the engine may get pulled in that to run this.
The worst part is that the rear seat where my friend was sitting is bent back a good 5". He must have hit it so hard! He wasn't complaining about it though, he was focusing on the dent his head made in the headliner, yes he was buckeled too. Owch!
Posted 02 October 2005 - 05:02 AM
just read about it,i haven't been around here for awhile.
now i know why i stay away from water that's deeper then half my wheel height.that way you kinda don't have to worry about hitting it at speeds.
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