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Old 08-19-2008, 06:16 PM   #1
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Water in my engine

Ok, so lastnight, the place where I am keeping my LT1 that I will be putting in my jeep got some crazy rain. (( Its at my buddys shop )) They got 10" of rain lastnight, and it got into his shop, and got his harleys, and his welders and all his other machinery. He told me that he did not think that it got in the intake on it, but he was not sure.
The motor and the trannie are all still hooked together, so they went down together.

My question is.. How bad is this ? Any info on what I need to do would be appreciated as well.

We will be pulling the plugs, and draining all the fluid and then we will spray WD-40 all in it, and then pour more motor oil and trannie fluid back in them.
I do not have the capability to start the engine, its just sitting on the floor, but I am sure we can turn it over some how.

Anyway, any suggestions, or info that could help me out is appreciated.
Maybe some of you have had this happen as well, and have some ideas.
Hopefully the motor is not a wash.


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Old 08-19-2008, 06:22 PM   #2
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well, not saying this is a good idea, but i wanted to test my new engine before i put it in my jeep. so i lifted it with a hoist and hooked a battery to it and lit it up for about 1 minute...i never said it was a good idea, but then again, i swapped the whole driveline in my inclined driveway..so thats all i got, maybe not good advise, but possibly some comic relief.

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Old 08-19-2008, 06:38 PM   #3
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What all is still hooked up to the motor Stinger? Is everything still on the top end like exhaust manifolds, intake and such? If so you'll probably be okay and need to spend more time worrying about the tranny because it probably did get water in it.
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:48 PM   #4
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Yes, its all still together, The only opening is where the breather hooks up... I am sure some got in around the dipstick area as well, but maybe not much.
I have not got to go look at it just yet. It may be tomorrow before I can. They have closed alot of the roads around that area, and are only lettinh people who live there in right now.

The tail shaft is about the only place I can think of that is open on the trannie. Not sure if it had the dipstick on it or not.

This sucks..
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Old 08-19-2008, 06:58 PM   #5
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If the tranny didn't have the dipstick on it then odds are it got pretty fully if they got that much water in the building. Your motor I would is okay especially since it didn't "Suck" the water into it while running.
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Old 08-19-2008, 07:02 PM   #6
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Well, thats good to hear.. I just hope that all holds true.
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Old 08-20-2008, 07:04 AM   #7
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Stinger...I think they run on gas, not water!!! HA HA!!

Hope it all works out for the good!!!
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It shouldn't be a problem as long as you can get to it fairly soon.
Drain the oil and if you find any water go ahead and refill. take the spark plugs out and put about a cup of oil in each cylinder then turn the motor over slowly.
If you can, heat the engine with a space heater or somesuch to evaporate any left over moisture.
I've dealt with plenty of swamped engines, other than a bit of surface rust it's usually no big deal if you take care of it quick.
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I wouldnt pour tranny fluid in it its way to detergent and will clean oil off the bearing surfaces and replace it with lightweight tranny fluid

Id drain it fog the cylinders with oil WD is good for water dispersion....

Then id fill it back up with oil and turn the oil pump with an electric screwdriver and an old pump drive to get oil run thru the passages

Tape up the exhaust and intake holes and put plugs in the holes and leave it be til I was ready ta use it....Should be fine its not like its sat for weeks with moisture in it....coure I dont know why ya didnt have a plate or some tape over the intake just as a matter of course ta keep stuff from accidently gettin in ...Gary
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Old 08-20-2008, 08:35 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info Guys, I am going to try to get to it this friday...

Gary1129... The reason I did not have anything over it was because I had a rag stuffed in it to keep bugs and dirt out of it.. That has always worked for me in the past.. But then again.. I guess one never knows when its going to flood somewhere.
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I understand .....when I finish building an engine I fogg the cylinders with oil and tape the whole thing up...sometimes they sit for a year or ride around as spares on the race trailer...when we need an engine we need an engine....That being said I doubt yours has any real damage...should be fun in the jeep ta boot...Gary
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defiantely get to it ASAP if water sits in your cylinders it'll start rusting and thats bad. take the plugs out and turn it over by hand. and do like gary said with the oil pump

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