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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
I can't see how a head gasket repair would affect the bottom end at all.
When you lift the head off, all you can see is the top of the pistons. The con-rods, small and big end bearings and shells etc. are all left in place, remain out of sight/reach and don't get moved or distured during the process.
If you had a cam-shaft or valve issue that might be a different story.. since the head holds all that.. but the bottom end.. I'd be hard pressed to know how to damage it from a regular head job.
Some engines have wet liners and these are held in with O-rings and could have been disturbed if the engine was turned over when the head was off.. but that's still a long way from bottom end damage, even if the T/Spark has a wet liner, which I'm not sure it has.
Obviously a leaky head gasket could be losing coolant into the crank/bearings. but you'd hope that all that oil down there would soon sort that out... How long was the head gasket leaking and did you use the beast every day and for long (10 miles journies)? If not, then there may be a water damage possibility.. but even that's a long shot..
No bullets for Chaingun..