Getting Her Running

After some more online searching I came to the conclusion the Turbo four wasn't really that great of an idea. For one I'd have to kill the Air Conditioner option and then I found the tranny in the truck would not work with the 2.3L so I had to regroup.

I figured I'd try to get the 2.9L running and really see if the intake gasket was really the problem. I pulled everything off the top side and checked it and could not really find any intake issues. I decided to put it back together and see what happens. Changed the oil, filled it full of water and got her fired back up. I was quite happy how easily she started right up and thought maybe things were going to work out after all.

It didn't take long to realize there was more than an leaky intake going on here as checking the oil and water revealed the mix was back.

What else could it be?

A little research a bad intake gasket was the least of my worries as unknown to me at the time the 2.9L are really bad about cracking heads and creating other issues. That would match the oil / water mix issue. I then pulled the valve covers off and sure enough it was pretty obvious both heads were cracked complete from around the valve downt through the exhaust manifolds even. Crap!