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Fixing a Cracked Water Jacket

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Occassionally, bad things happen.  I recently brought my block to a machine shop for boring and valves.  Unfortunately, they did the machine work before hot-tanking it.  We found this crack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A better picture of the crack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cleaned up ready to fix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upside down view.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I drilled 2 small holes at either end of the crack to stop the crack from spreading.  Stress relief.  I then used a real thin cutoff wheel in a dremel tool and "V-d" the crack, enlarging the void to allow solder to flow.  Since the water jacket doesn't get too hot, solder was recommended to seal the crack.  I found that in an old Ford Owners and Dealer magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of the opened-up crack.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This the block after the solder has been flowed.  I used a lot of flux and thoroughly cleaned the crack out with lacquer thinner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the dremel tool and cutoff wheel in the far right.  I filed and sanded down the solder, after applying a few times to ensure I left no air pockets or voids that could leak later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a MAPP torch setup and that really heated the block to accept solder.  I left a bolt in the inlet to act as a heat sink.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A file was helpful although it clogged often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the soldering job was complete I applied some 2000 Heat Inferno muffler patch.  I sanded that to a final finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast blast is a paint that Donnie Lang sells.  It is far better than black or green and doesn't burn off.  I have done two engines with no problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finished product.  Can you find the crack?  I've driven the 2002 National Tour in the mountains of Maryland and a couple thousand miles with no weepage.