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Joined the Hydrolock Club: one cylinder filled and presumed broken connecting rod

No pictures, sorry. It was a night trip.

I was helping a member of another board pull a motor yesterday down in MD and he said he'd show me where they wheel by the C & D Canal.

Messed around a little then started to head back. Hit about an 18" deep hole pretty hard and that was all she wrote. The story of how we got the truck out of there not running with only a stock B2 with street tires is an epic tale I'll recount later, lol. Happened around 9PM, I got it home on a flat-bed around 2AM.

Since I have hit deeper water harder, I'm presuming that the SAS has changed the way water flows around the front area. I've hit water all kinds of harder and deeper and never come close to this.

I won't be going back in any water without a snorkel now, need I tell you!
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man, that sucks! time for a 5.0?
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so Griggs'....join the elite......5.0L SWAP!!!


John, at least 4.0L it.
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blah i know the feeling, just mine ran for a few weeks afterwards.

im going to build a snorkel soon, its only a few bucks worth of pvc.
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That sucks dude! Snorkel FTW!
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I don't have time for another "project", lol. It'll be as quick a repair/replacement as I can do.

Thanks for the condolences -- I'm really not that upset. I've always been prepared that it could happen.

Just happens that the motor is the only thing on the truck I haven't torn down in some way -- guess I get to "complete" my education on my truck!
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haha....nice griggs!! GIT-R-DUN! Welcome to the "Water Does Not Compress Club"!!
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I killed mine a week after I bought it,let it dry for a hour been running great ever since guess im lucky.
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Bummer dude, o well... good luck with the change out.
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sorry to hear about that griggs i'm agreeing with the other 5.0 swap but the only problem with that is that pa emissions is retarded
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I killed mine a week after I bought it,let it dry for a hour been running great ever since guess im lucky.
Killing it with water in the intake hitting the MAF and hydrolocking are two different things, lol.

When I got it out of the water, I removed all 6 plugs and hit the starter and it wouldn't move and the lights dimmed awfully. Banged it a few times and it broke loose but as it spun with not compression you could hear something banging inside. Drying it out wouldn't have helped.

Sometimes you break something, sometimes you don't. In any case you have to remove the plugs to know. If you should get your truck running with water still in the intake another cylinder can fill and you can do damage that wasn't done in the first place.
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Dang sorry to hear! I'd love to see a snorkel on that bad boy!
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I'm sorry to hear about your truck John!
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i know someone selling a 4.0 out of a 94 for 150
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Nice but I'd have to put a more modern computer and such in it. You have to pass OBD emissions in this area and I need something equivalent to my years setup.

And thanks for the sympathy all! It'll work out. It's only a matter of time and money.
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I like your style john!
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Damn man, sorry about the water. Though it is a good excuse for a bigger engine. Just turn it into a project thread!
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well that sux but at least you got a couple stories from it! I would love to see a big *** engine in this maybe a 460 john ????
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*When* mine goes, I'm doing 4.0 manual with a tcase and new rear DS...and shortly after a dana 44 in the front...and a front ds.

But I have to have my super dookie by then

Within 1 year...just marky my wordsy
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dang that sucks!
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And thanks for the sympathy all! It'll work out. It's only a matter of time and money.
Way to take it like a champ John! I don't know if I could share your sympathies though, lol.
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I've had some pretty serious tragedies in my life, lol. This just doesn't measure up. It amounts to a pain in the @ss is all.

Thanks, Gil! I think you and I are somewhat alike that way -- it just is what it is so deal with it, right?

I'm blessed to have a loaner in my daughters 1998 Ranger which is not driven these days. She drives a 2003 TJ that was my son-in-laws (it's been in my videos) and he has a new combination project truck/DD Cherokee so the Ranger sits.

I'll miss my truck though. I like driving it every day. Never had a vehicle quite like this before, lol.

The problem with the 4.0 is the tranny I just rebuilt isn't designed to take the torque. I'm pretty set in just replacing the 3.0. I can deal with an underpowered ride -- it just makes it more challenging.

Besides, if I get a big engine and start throwing the truck around, Gil won't have the opportunity to tell me I drive like an old man...I can't do that to him.
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^^HAHA.

Even if you have a rebuilt trans.......I still say 4.0 it!
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I've had some pretty serious tragedies in my life, lol. This just doesn't measure up. It amounts to a pain in the @ss is all.

Thanks, Gil! I think you and I are somewhat alike that way -- it just is what it is so deal with it, right?

I'm blessed to have a loaner in my daughters 1998 Ranger which is not driven these days. She drives a 2003 TJ that was my son-in-laws (it's been in my videos) and he has a new combination project truck/DD Cherokee so the Ranger sits.

I'll miss my truck though. I like driving it every day. Never had a vehicle quite like this before, lol.

The problem with the 4.0 is the tranny I just rebuilt isn't designed to take the torque. I'm pretty set in just replacing the 3.0. I can deal with an underpowered ride -- it just makes it more challenging.

Besides, if I get a big engine and start throwing the truck around, Gil won't have the opportunity to tell me I drive like an old man...I can't do that to him.
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there was a 3.0 around here for 50 bucks a couple wks back. . .and sorry bout ur motor i kno how it feels, surprised my 4.0 has held up with the abuse ive given it
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