It is quite common on the Rootes alloy head, that the forth combustion chamber
is affected by coolant fluid. As you can see, it is a circular water passage
close four cylinder that has ability to leak when the gasket has moved a
little. One person I spoke to said that he did block this passage just to be
Because of this I have saved a lot of alloy heads just in case. If someone is
need a cyl. head I maybe can imagine part from one.
>Some years ago a friend of mine had a Toyota Corolla that had a very small
>head gasket leak-it just leaked coolant into one combustion chamber, nothing
>else-no water in the oil or anything like that. He drove it for a few
>thousand miles that way and then asked if I could replace the head gasket for
>him. When I opened up the engine I found that there was substantial damage to
>the combustion chamber. It appears that anti-freeze eats up the inside of an
>aluminum combustion chamber. I had never seen this before, but no doubt-the
>cylinder head had to be replaced. Evidentally burning anti-freeze does
>something bad to aluminum.