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enough said. im crying like a baby righ tnow.
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I'm glad you sent me the picture of the oil leak brother. Yeah man, thats not the valve covers thats the head gasket leaking oil. Research your options but if you need we can change the gasket here in my garage. If the head is warped, a local machine shop will resurface it for $75.00

Here is a thread from when I changed out my head gaskets and went to cometics.
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Dude thunder that sucks man hope you get everything done cheap.
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Ive had a few cold ones tonight! Ill cry for you too!

My transmission is slipping. My life may be over next .... cause Im broke!

Hope everything works out man!
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jesus christ that is rough! sorry to hear dude, i have alot going wrong too, i have a front crank seal i need to tear into soon , and my valves need redone as well so i am in the same boat almost
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A blown head gasket is no big deal if you know how to change it. Will cost about 100$ in parts and take us about 14 hours. Might be an additional $75 if the head is warped and needs to be machined.

He will need a new head gasket.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...4_171707_6229_
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A blown head gasket is no big deal if you know how to change it. Will cost about 100$ in parts and take us about 14 hours. Might be an additional $75 if the head is warped and needs to be machined.

He will need a new head gasket.
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...4_171707_6229_
Head Bolt set
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/par...84_93225_4014_
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Hylom...#ht_1866wt_939

Everyone makes head gaskets seem like the end of the world. I seen trucks on Craigs go for dirt cheap due to head gaskets failing. These motors are so easy to rip down you can fix this in one after noon and have it all back together in time to watch a movie with the girl. I tore my whole motor down in one night, rebuilt it and then tore it all back down again to change the cam, and some other things, and rebuilt it again. I know most of the nut/bolt sizes for everyhting in the bay now. lol.

But yeah its no big deal really. I wouldn't sweat it.
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thunder although this does suck, you're lucky to have Blown there to help you, really lucky.
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Ive had a few cold ones tonight! Ill cry for you too!

My transmission is slipping. My life may be over next .... cause Im broke!

Hope everything works out man!
You should still have lots of time I've put almost 20k on mine since its started slipping lol
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im torn. if a blown head gasket was my only problem this last week i would be game to get it fixed. but with all this other crap that just happened, im just getting mind F$#%^@ right now. sell and get a gen3 or dump more money into her?
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Dude don't get a third gen. You have a sweet 2nd gen. And probably the nicest 4.7 2nd gen on here. You just put in HO cams and a hemifever tune. She must rip now.

I was actually going to ask you what kind of paint you used on your wheels and how it is holding up. I would like to paint mine black sometime.
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But yeah its no big deal really. I wouldn't sweat it.
I agree totally brother. It's only a big deal if you take it to a shop and get raped, lol.
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With all of the money that you have already put into your truck, with maintence and mods, you would be money ahead just keeping yours, fixing it and enjoying it.
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I was actually going to ask you what kind of paint you used on your wheels and how it is holding up. I would like to paint mine black sometime.
wait, didnt i send u that question in a PM when i was first got on DF. you had a side shot of ur truck with photoshoped black rims.
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You should still have lots of time I've put almost 20k on mine since its started slipping lol
Lol. Yeah, it only does it when its cold; Im hoping its just the check valve for the torque converter. Worst case senario, its going to be $2100 to rebuild it. Life goes on I guess.
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when could u do it billy? ive got tuesday, wed, and thursday off from work. then school starts that following monday. i dont know what ur weekday schedule is like.
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Lol. Yeah, it only does it when its cold; Im hoping its just the check valve for the torque converter. Worst case senario, its going to be $2100 to rebuild it. Life goes on I guess.
Im never going to pay 2100 for a rebuild on a auto. I can spend half of that with a little work and have a 5 speed put in. Thats why I dont care if mine goes lol


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im torn. if a blown head gasket was my only problem this last week i would be game to get it fixed. but with all this other crap that just happened, im just getting mind F$#%^@ right now. sell and get a gen3 or dump more money into her?
Thunder you know you dont wanna sell it, currently you are having some bad luck but look at it this way you have had the truck for X amount of miles so you know whats its been threw and whats all been done to it where as if you get a newer used truck you might be faced with the same problems down the road. Plus its a 3rd gen no offense out there, everybody likes there own style there are some good looking ones on this forum tho
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2nd gens are the only good looking ones, imho.
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I liked the G3 just because it was a new body style. The G2s look old to me .... its a body style that was used for a long time. If I could buy my Dakota again, I wouldve went with an 04 though. The aftermarket support is alot better (body kit and accessory wise), the truck is lighter, and its basically the same drivetrain. Im having a hard time finding a roll pan for my truck, the front suspension sucks, and I only weight 300 pounds less than a quad cab Ram with a 4.7l. Everything that I like about my G3 (except for the new body style) can be given in a 2004 G2, and its better if you want to customize it a little. Just my .02.
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