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    Why Would There Be Water in my oil??

    Well I have a sbc 350 engine in my Camaro.
    We took it to the track for the 1st time since the motor has been rebuilt.
    The 1st 3 passes the engine ran great, the water temp on that run being 210 degrees. But after that we noticed a rocker that was Wayyy too lose on the #8 cylinder and resolved the problem. On the 4th run at about 5k rpms i heard a "puff" come the passenger side of the car and tried to restart it with no luck. While waiting on someone to retrieve me and the car i checked th oil and noticed water and bits of metal in the oil, along with water and oil comming out of the same side header.
    Reminder: This is a new motor could the metal be from the new rings setting??
    Please give me so possibilities of what could be wrong.

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE mytmouz's Avatar
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    Blown head gasket is most likely. Filled the cylinder with water causing the no start...Metal in the oil is not good...
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    intake leak,head gasket,rocker studs leaking,oil cooler problem,or just a cracked block. I would ck studs first to see if one has backed out!. you said you had adj.prob.ck it out let us know

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    Probably a head gasket

    It is normal to have a bit of a silvery glitter look to the oil on a new engine but chunks of metal or copper/brass colored flakes in oil = bad

    Cut the filter apart and check for bearing material.

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    210 is kinda warm, sure you didn'y have any cooling issues?
    I'm in agreement with all above though, its a blown headgasket.
    Whenever you have water/oil coming out the header - its a dead give away.
    Like Tod74 mentioned it's normal to have really fine slivery flakes in the oil sometimes after the rebuild / break in process.
    Tear that thing down and keep us updated.
    Goodluck, Cp

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    most def head gasket that would be my first check

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    back off valves and do cyl. leak down .may be abel to pinpoint some problems before tear down.

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    yep and dont leave us hangin im curious

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    I'd say you dropped a valve and knocked a hole in piston. Did you put one piece stainless valves in when you rebuilt it? I hope its something minor, but years of experience tells me different. Good Luck :cry: :cry:

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    WATER IN OIL

    DONT RUN IT ANYMORE,,,,I WOULD TEAR THE ENGINE DOWN AND INSPECT, I AM SURE YOU WILL HAFT TO HAVE A MACHINE SHOP TURN THE CRANK AND BUY SOME NEW BEARINGS PROBLY 175.00 FOR THAT, THEN THE HEADS WILL NEED TO BE MAGNAFLUXED AND PROBLY MILLED MAYBE 100.00 + NEW HEAD GASKETS. CHECK FOR CRACKS ON THE SHORTBLOCK AND CYLINDERS, PUT IT BACK TOGETHER, NOTHING TO IT.. 210* DEGREES IN MY OPINION IS TO HOT... WORK ON YOUR COOLING SYSTEM... ALSO IF ANY BEARINGS ARE SPUN THE ROD WILL NEED TO BE MACHINED TOO. GOOD LUCK..

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