I went wheelin' last night in the F-150 ('83 stepside with a 302 and 4
speed). I got a little too ambitious when we got to the part where everyone
one-ups the previous guy. So I ended up nose-diving into a huge rut and my
truck became more of a submarine than a truck. Water about up to the top of
As the truck was filling with water I was trying to get out of the rut by
rocking back and forth and almost had it, but the water got too deep and I
didn't want to destroy my engien by sucking water in so I gave up and got
dragged out. Drained about two gallons of oily water out of the engine, put
new oil in, whacked the starter a few times to free up the gear, and she
fired right up. Slight tap at idle now and oil pressure gauge is lower than
it had been (in middle of "NORMAL" range on the stock gauge).
Today I'm gonna change the oil and filter (didn't have a filter with me when
I was out in the woods), grease everthing, and change my differential and
tranny gear oil. Hopefully nothing is too badly damaged. I ahve a feeling
one weeekend soon I may be putting new bearings in the 302. Thankfully not
terribly expensive, but a pain in the arse nonetheless. I also have another
302 laying around that I could use, so that is an option too. We shall see.
What are all your thoughts on the damage done. Anything else I should do
considering how deep the truck was in the water? Also, how about thoughts on
sealing off the crankcase to prevent water from getting in there to begin
with. Where can water enter the crankcase? Valve covers, dipstick tube...