V10 Rebuild 

Pictures from tear-down of the V10 in my '95 Ram. The head gasket failed due to overheating. The radiator did not leak but was toast, no cooling capacity, but the temperature gauge never read above normal. If it had started to climb, I would have known to check the cooling system and found the failing radiator. Instead, there goes the head gasket.

Guess which cylinder had the coolant leak?
Guess which cylinder had the coolant leak? *
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Yes, the head gasket is two _feet_ long.
Yes, the head gasket is two _feet_ long. *
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Close-up of the damage to bore #1 (coolant passage into combustion chamber)
Close-up of the damage to bore #1 (coolant passage into combustion chamber) *
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I noticed a dimple on this cam lobe.  Could this be to hold oil, or to help turn the lifter?  Or does this mean I will be needing a new cam soon?  :-/
I noticed a dimple on this cam lobe. Could this be to hold oil, or to help turn the lifter? Or does this mean I will be needing a new cam soon? :-/ *
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These appear to have been damaged during removal; the "hat" apparently caught on the O-ring and bent back the orifice plate.  (Or whatever they're called; see for yourself)
These appear to have been damaged during removal; the "hat" apparently caught on the O-ring and bent back the orifice plate. (Or whatever they're called; see for yourself) *
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Coolant flange at front of intake manifold, showing voids and porous areas near coolant passages.
Coolant flange at front of intake manifold, showing voids and porous areas near coolant passages. *
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Same flange, different angle.  Fortunately, all these spots filled in nicely with JB Weld and an orbital sander, no leaks yet.
Same flange, different angle. Fortunately, all these spots filled in nicely with JB Weld and an orbital sander, no leaks yet. *
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Sharpened closeup of left side of flange.  Note porous areas.
Sharpened closeup of left side of flange. Note porous areas. *
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Closeup of right side of flange.  Note void at lower-right of passage.  If this doesn't make the thermostat housing leak, I don't know what would!
Closeup of right side of flange. Note void at lower-right of passage. If this doesn't make the thermostat housing leak, I don't know what would! *
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The finished product.  And it runs, too!
The finished product. And it runs, too! *
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The amount of work (and $$$$) that went into this was substantial, and I didn't even do anything fancy.
The amount of work (and $$$$) that went into this was substantial, and I didn't even do anything fancy. *
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