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OOPS... Engine fire!

Discussion in 'Pacific Region' started by kennyw, Feb 12, 2003.

  1. kennyw

    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member

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    Started tinkering on my new 1986 S10 last night. I was cleaning the throttle body off with cheap walmart carb cleaner on a cold engine.

    After that I searched for a leak in the clutch master cylinder for a while. Found it was leaking into the cab.

    Decided to fire up the truck and spray carb cleaner into the trottle body to clean the inside out. But being a cold night with a cold engine the carb cleaner I sprayed earlier had not evaporated off but rather must have puddled on the intake manifold.

    It lit off right away and took a bucket of water to put out... Melted all the vacuum lines on the TBI, injector wires, and one injector. Luckily minor damage but turned a running truck in to a non-running truck very quickly.

    If anyone is parting out a TBI 2.8L motor let me know.
     
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    ChevyHuny 1/2 ton status

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    Oh no, I feel for you. Just the word engine fire gives me the chills after my engine fire rebuild. I hope you get it going soon. What a pain that must have been.
     
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    Sorry to hear about the fire, glad to hear you didn't get caught in it!


    Been there, done that, don't wanna do it again!


    I keep one of these handy now:

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    Cheap insurance.


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    COCHEV 1/2 ton status

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    well, i guess if you're going to burn an engine it may as well be a 2.8 /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif drop in a 4.3. or better yet a small block. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif

    glad you weren't hurt
     
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    OHHHHHHH small block, YES!
     
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    Topdown 1/2 ton status

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    dont know of any 2.8's... but the 3800 thats in the Buick, Pontiac, Chevy are supposedly a pretty sweet deal, used ones are relatively cheap. with roller rockers, roller lifters & a roller cam stock they are a pretty sweet little motor. they run them blown in the Regal GS and the GTP. They are around 400.00 without the blower and $700.00 with. Used @ http://www.spaldingautoparts.com/

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    I know of a 2.8l out of a Corsica. I'm unsure of the similaritys between the two, but if you think it would work then let me know and I'll see how much he wants for it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member

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    Ok, it wasnt that bad of an engine fire... Just cost me $12 at a wrecking yard for part of a wiring harness and some vacuum lines and I have it running again.

    I got the truck for free and dont have the $$$ to put in a small block yet /forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif I did that once in a 1985 GMC S15 4x4 once and got better gas mileage with the 350 than the original 2.8L (both had 700R4's behind them).

    My end plan is to put a 1948-55 GMC pickup body on the S10 chassis with a V6 TBI motor and S10 5 spd. The rear axle is already a 4.10 ratio (must have been swapped from a 4 banger S10?). But all of this will be YEARS down the road
     

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