Okay, the title says it all.
I had just built this motor and spent a week figuring out what was blowing my ECI fuse and just figured that out tonight. Well when I was under the car I noticed coolant... The car has not even fired up for its first time and there is coolant, WTF?
The only originating location looks to be the head gaskets (both heads have coolant along the gaskets). There is coolant drops in various areas below the gaskets, but nothing above.
Now the heads were surfaced so that shouldn't be an issue. They were torqued down to 76 ft-lbs then to 83 ft-lbs then taken down to 0 and then torqued back to 83 ft-lbs. And it was done in the order that the picture below shows:
The only thing is that I did not use the OEM head gaskets (
I know I know, I should have, regardless). I had purchased everything before I found out OEM gaskets are the best. None the less I still used MLS gaskets that were in the kit from 3SX: Link to Gasket Kit
But I have trouble believing that is the real issue. Has anyone else experienced this problem? What are your thoughts and what should I do? The only reason I would start the car i just to quickly check if it is in fact leaking from the heads.. But that may be a bad idea..
Edit: Here is a thread I posted a couple of weeks ago. It has pics of motor work and a list of parts. First Start - Suggestions for Break-In?