my guess would be a cracked head. The only way to know is to have the head
crack tested. However, you can make compression tests in various stages of
engine temperature and from there take an educated guess. I had that on my 7
as well, well, it did ok for two years with a bit of over heating, but what
the heck, the heads gone anyway, welding it up is too expensive, so you can
drive it as long as it goes.
> From: MOWOGMAN@aol.com[SMTP:MOWOGMAN@aol.com]
> Reply To: MOWOGMAN@aol.com
> Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 1999 3:57 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: TR7 head leak
> The story so far............new family member, an '80 TR7 Convertible,
> miles. original muffler shocks struts, etc. I've replaced lots of stuff,
> startin' to look good.
> Had coolant leaks, rebuilt water pump, ALL hoses, cleaned up everything,
> replaced head gasket, added exhaust man. gaskets, etc. (really looks nice
> I still seem to have a leak from the head to block joint. It is somewhere
> near # 2 or 3 cylinder, I can't pinpoint it yet. (on the intake side) I
> verify through observation that none of the under manifold components are
> What is the norm here?, cracks?, warping?, crappy head gaskets?
> The head checked flat, I didn't notice any crack evidence, (block or
> I am VERY familiar with these issues on my Mini, and Healey, but am new to
> Ideas? ( Can I torque the head to a higher value?)
> Thanks in advance.