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driving with a blown hg

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by robus, Oct 5, 2005.

  1. robus

    robus Junior Member

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    I'm getting for cheap a ZC with a blown headgasket (blew due to high heat in the summer, the car's stock).

    Question is, can I drive it as it is for 350 miles (from where it is now to my place)? I haven't seen the car yet, I'm just planning to go, tighten the head bolts as hard as I can, get a tank ow water and drive off... stupid?

    I just need the car for spare parts btw.
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    it MIGHT make it

    hope you have AAA though

    if you have a friend with a truck that has a tow hitch id just go to Uhall and rent a 2 wheel tow dolly
     
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    drpenguin Senior Member

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    :werd: Just tow it and save the motor. Shit i want the motor if your just gonna destroy it like that
     
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    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    Personally i wouldnt drive it. The rammification of oil in the coolant system and vis versa are just too great if i want to keep the motor.
     
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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    it might make it, but you'll do more damage then good. FWIW, you'd be better trying to fit in in your backseat.
     
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    VTECin5th Administrator

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    I vote ~110 miles, depending on conditions of course.
    I wouldn't try it tho.
    We got a blown HG LS, the leak made the water pump housing rust,drove it 4 miles, water pump pulley fell off, broke timing belt, we laughed.
    +Tow

    Long story short, Auction cars are neat.
    I wouldn't try it, but hey that's just me.
     
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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    oh i thought it was just the motor and he was trying to put it in a running car, not sure what I was thinking. [​IMG]

    Defenitly tow it.
     
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    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    if you plan to use the motor, tow it.

    if you don't care and just want body parts, drive it, but do it at night when its cooler...
     
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    tow it, even if you don't use the motor, you could sell it and pay for the towing plus have some extra cash for the project. good luck bro.
     
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    thanks a lot guys!

    I was pretty much set on driving it but this unanimous agreement made me change my mind. So I will either go to a shop (a friend's friend) and change the gasket before driving it, or else take the engine off and leave the rest to rot...
     
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    glad to be of service, good luck with it, let us know how it goes, oh and post some pics of this project.
     
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    Celerity Well-Known Member

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    eek don't do that. I ran my 91 Prelude 2 miles with a freshly blown head gasket, and it went to shit in a flash. Didn't even make it 1 mile. Sometimes you can be lucky, sometimes the breaks in such a place that everything comes crashing down. I wouldn't bank on it, and certainly not 350 miles. That's my house in Connecticut to almost pittsburgh.
     
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