Guess what I forgot to do before removing the top....
Please tell me that after you clean up that Anti-Freeze mess that you are going to take out those two-piece valves!
: ^ )
Not the first or last time that's happened.
I seem to recall that I did that once!
Maybe it's the lighting but that looks like more than a 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water? The winters in PA require that ratio and my coolant isn't anywhere near that green...
Shoo the pets away until it is cleaned up!
EEE-Yuck!! Too bad for the senior moment. And as G.R. says, keep the pets away. This is why I've switched all mine over to the "Low Tox" antifreeze. An animal will migrate to that sweet tasting stuff faster than you can stop 'em! Two licks is all it takes to do severe damage, if not kill 'em.
Andrew - Ya, but it could have been worse.....
I know -- I know -- I know
You forgot to disconnect the horn wire.
I hate it when that happens - especially when one of the kids are playing in the car
And while you have the head off clean out the water jacket passages in the block. Every little bit helps!
I just thought I'd share my embarrassing moment. After getting the radiator cap off, top looked dry, it smelled dry. But I guess the engine kept some. Lucky for me I did have a drip pan that caught most of it.
As far as pets go, I don't have to worry about that. Unless you count the cockroaches I see. I have no idea if its 50/50 or not. And depending on the budget, I'll check into the two-piece valves.
On the plus side, no leaks around the pistons!
Andrew -- See this recent thread:
Now you will need to drain the oil and flush out the dips. That green stuff can get past rings and contaminate the oil.
I have done what you did. I even many years ago removed one head from a flat head V8 and started it up with one head. Just for a few seconds. I could see the pistons and valves moving up and down.
At least you didn't forget to reinstall the oil tube inside the block like some people I could mention......ahem.
Fortunately, it was remembered at the last moment...
After sopping up the mess, squirt some WD40 around each piston. It's a water repellant oil and will get that stuff out of the cylinders. Then drain and change your oil a couple of times afterwards.
I call them " Gezzer Moments ". I have been having them since I turned 40. That's 25 years ago.