Originally Posted by ian parkes
is it possible to look into the exhaust port , at the side of the piston , you would be able to see the rings if you could get a look . I have no idea of the engine layout or position etc .
Could also do a leak test on each cylinder with the head off that will show a piston ring up .
Just thinking of ways to find out without putting the thing back together and being disapointed .
Leak test is probably favourite-I can't see it being too easy to get the exhaust cover plate off. Salt water and hot gas
If the original headgasket is in one piece it'll probably be enough to reassemble for a compression test as long as all the other plugs were out. At least it'd save on buying a new one if the engine is fubar.
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