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Well guys, I have news. I ordered a new set of head gaskets and a couple other gaskets and my father and I decided to tackle the head this weekend. All signs pointed to a blown head. We tried to check the compression before hand, but both gauges we were using registered at zero compression on all four cylinders. It seems like we should have read something on the dial since all four cylinders were puffing on the towel when we cranked her over to get out any more water...
So with little hope that the compression was where it was supposed to be, we took off the head. There were two studs that came off with the head that had been broken at a previous date(known from the carbonation around the break)
The head came off w/o very much trouble, surprisingly. My dad started to clean engine side... and I started on the head, scraping off the old gasket and rust. We couldn't really tell if the head had failed anywhere, but it likely had.
The big news: As I had cleaned all the combustion areas leaving the one under the thermostat housing till last, I saw it. The metal between the combustion area and the thermostat housing/water jacket... had been compromised. There was a small hole the size and shape of a flathead screw driver that had eroded away. So that explains the water in the cylinders! It was coming straight in from the water cooling in the head itself.
Though not the best news ever.. it is nice to know exactly why the water showed up.
The next step: fix the head. Any suggestions on how? Should I get it welded/repaired at a local shop? Sent off to Moyer Marine? Or buy a new one all together for fear that the other combustion areas are probably at the verge of failing as well...?
Just wanted to update you all who have been helping me w/ the progress and give a solution/idea to anyone else wondering why there could be water in their cylinders...