Saturday, September 25, 2010
The truck is a 1985 F150 with a fuel injected 302 V8. It has a lot of miles on it, but overall is in pretty good shape. Recently it seemed to overheat after driving a few miles down the road. They asked to me to take a look at it. I took my boat over to Teller and checked it out. The first thing that I found was a radiator that took 3 gallons to fill up. It was also a couple quarts low on oil.
I topped off the fluids and started it up. It started fine and seemed to run good. Then I noticed the huge clouds of smoke coming out the tail pipe. There also seemed to be a lot of air bubbles coming out of the open radiator cap. Looks like a bad head gasket.
I don't think I'll take this job. There is no garage to put the truck in and the weather is starting to get cold. This is not the kind of job I want to tackle outside. I told Randy he should take 20 gallons of water and a case of oil with him and see if he can make it to Nome. One of the auto repair shops there would be better equipped for this job.