Topic: Cracked block - Is this repairable?
1998/99 Crown Vic.
So after a seriously heroic thrash yesterday where we assembled prettymuch the entire car and started it at 8:30PM, we spotted a slow water leak from a very strange place - down the back of the block between the engine and transmission.
I figured it was a busted heater hose or something stupid, but when I went out today to check, I couldn't find anything... Until I stuck a stick into the valley between the cylinder banks and it came back wet. So I figured the stupid plastic intake manifold had cracked (they do that on these cars) or the stupid metal line to the back of the water pump had rusted through. Today's mission was to sit in the engine bay and take the intake manifold off. I accomplished that task and what I found was quite disheartening:
I think and/or hope it only penetrates a water channel. The oil seems to still be oily (of course, I just changed it yesterday). But the old stuff didn't look contaminated (then again, I wasn't really looking, either). There doesn't seem to be anything resembling a compression problem. The engine does stumble a bit under sudden revs, but other than that, it seems fine - see this video of last night's start: http://youtu.be/2a81yKMWuTM
The pooled water in the top (before I busted out the drain plug) did have a bit of an oily sheen to it, though.
So, do I scrub the car for Summit Point and start engine shopping, or do I get somebody to weld this thing back together?