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    Well the parts truck was not registered with the Champ Owner's Club so I supplied them with the VIN/Eng#s so they can add it. Also gave them my info so they can update the "driver" with new owner location.

    I've been looking over the parts truck to see if there's anything I can use before "paying it forward." I swapped the dipsticks as they have Bakelite tops and the one on my truck had a chunk missing from it. I'll be swapping the hood prop rod and pulling the generator. The side inspection plates have been removed from the engine, the valve cover is loose, and there's a piston sitting on the passenger floorboard so I'm thinking it shouldn't be a real issue missing the generator.
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    Well if you ever wondered how car salesmen got there reputation hereís a prime example. On further inspection of the ďrunnerísĒ block itís obviously cracked.

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    Really, you don’t think that will buff out?



    Ouch... I’m sorry someone would sell that to you without disclosing it. I hope the non-runner has a good block.
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    Quote Originally Posted by m715mike View Post
    Really, you donít think that will buff out?
    Ouch... Iím sorry someone would sell that to you without disclosing it. I hope the non-runner has a good block.
    A little paint would probably hide it pretty good. I had already promised the parts truck to someone else so hate to take that back. Plus the wife didn't want me putting any money into this so getting an engine rebuilt would really screw that up.
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    What do you think you'll do about the crack if you are not going to rebuild it? JB weld? I have never used it, but I have heard that JB weld will seal it up and it lasts. Maybe others on the list have more experience with it, or other ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKubu View Post
    What do you think you'll do about the crack if you are not going to rebuild it? JB weld? I have never used it, but I have heard that JB weld will seal it up and it lasts. Maybe others on the list have more experience with it, or other ideas.
    I'm still going to try and start it. I need to drain the old fuel out of the tank but thinking of giving it a spin off a gas can once the batteries are charged. I'm already looking for a rebuild kit but that's going to have to come from England if one's available.

    If it starts I might just go the JB route and drive it until it completely blows and worry about it then. My concern right now is if there's a bigger underlying issue. What caused the crack? Overheat issue? If so, what else down the line is damaged?
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    Typical freeze crack in the usual spot. May be more cracks as well. JB weld can patch it, but in all reality, the block is ruined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NDT View Post
    Typical freeze crack in the usual spot.
    Pretty much what I thought just concerned if it wasn't actually that. Yakima gets ****ed hot in the summer and ****ed cold in the winter. Thatís why I hated going there from Ft Lewis. It was basically a mini NTC.
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    Im not sure what those english boys put in their tea.... but man they hands down make the ugliest looking vehicles bar none.

    but this monstrosity is so ugly its cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big block 88 View Post
    Im not sure what those english boys put in their tea.... but man they hands down make the ugliest looking vehicles bar none.

    but this monstrosity is so ugly its cool.
    It appears that many of the Austin owners on here are either current or former Gama Goat owners as well. It's something about being an oddball or so danged ugly they're cute (that's the only way I found a wife).
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