Gidday all - I have a (don't laugh) 1973 Land Rover series 3 with a 1960's holden 186 motor, which is a 3 litre. Its probably done hundreds of thousands of miles.
When I open the oil filler to top up the oil, this ugly looking creamy caramel mess is under the cap. It wipes off easily, and I can't detect any specific smell from the goop. It feels greasy between the fingers.
I know the cap isn't quite the right one for the motor - it should be a dome-shaped breather. Searching the web suggests its a gasket leak, or a cracked head or a cracked block.
But the motor runs alright... a lot less powerful than a modern one, but fast enough.
Should I take the head off ? I'm a mechanical noob but in the six months owning this car I have done a diff (twice) a half shaft, and a starter motor as well as points/plugs/etc. Unf. money is tight so I can't just take it to a garage :(
Sunday, June 10th, 2007 AT 8:53 AM