Mark, thanks for the response
In response to your questions about the head - yes to all.
A little more details - after putting it together I had not done the valve lash properly and wasn't getting compression so with the help of another 2carpro, got that process completed. It started and sounded great. There were no obvious leaks at that time so I let it run, drove it around a bit and the temp seemed to be holding fine, but then after about an hr it started creeping up to 240 and towards 260 so I shut her down
Figured the timing was off a bit since I did it by hear, so went and bought a timing light. According to the marks, it was off - set it to 0 TDC. Ran it about 20 minutes and it creeped towards 240 so I shut it down again.
Flushed the system and decided to just go ahead and change the radiator, so did that. Pulled the water pump off and noticed that the gasket appeared broken on the water pump, so replaced it. After getting it all back together is when the obvious leak occurred. This leak was not there yesterday so it has to be me fooling with the water pump.
Figured I should replace that since it is inexpensive (about 25 bucks) but where the water was dripping from scared me from considering the obvious.
If it was the water pump wouldnt it leak straight down? I couldnt see it leaking from the actual pump, but it cant be a coincidence that the leak happened after I removed the back from the pump, right?
Thanks again, I know this is a long response on a holiday.
Monday, September 6th, 2010 AT 8:48 PM