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How far have you gone on a blown head gasket?

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I have an older engine with a blown gasket near back of head (driver side), I think that's cyl 8 area. Squirts out oily air. I drove about 90 miles on it and it didn't seem to change. Temps stayed low, did seem to lose a lot of oil. I plan to retorque the head to 90 or maybe even to 100 ft/lbs and see if it goes away. Anyone ever drive very far on this type problem and this type of fix? I will be replacing the engine soon, but not soon enough to get me and the family 100 miles away for a river trip in Central Oregon this weekend.
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I wouldn't drive it any further that absolutely necessary, as in like a couple of miles tops. I certainly wouldn't risk getting my family stranded 100 miles from home. Or additional engine damage. Head gaskets by themselves are not that expensive.
the go-kart that I made for my kids was stolen last night
If you find it or build another, park it on wet ground and hook an electric fence transformer to it. Good, painful, non-lethal deterrent.
Bad part is, of course every case is different, but I've seen more than one engine run for a period of time with a significant head gskt leak and the escaping combustion gases acted like a cutting torch over time and eroded the head and block so badly at the leak site that both were ruined.
OUCH! :argh:
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