Another thing, and please forgive me if I am stating the obvious, but re-reading what you wrote I wonder if the water
in the engine
initially came from a failed seal on the water pump
. I don't know the engine
in question, but from what you say it has a cam driven water pump
I loathe, detest and despise cam driven water
pumps, ever since the seal on Dad's $@#$*! Volvo
stern drive failed on the first day of what was supposed to be a week or so of my wife and I exploring the Gippsland Lakes. The mongrel thing dumped its contents into the sump of the Volvo
donk, and before we were an hour from our departure point there was more steam coming out of the sump breather than Puffing Billy on a weekend at Monbulk.
So instead of a week of camping and finding new beaches, we limped back to Paynesville where I stripped the stupid thing off the engine using two shifters and a hacksaw blade for a screwdriver. Took it back to Melbourne and had a REAL pump
drive shaft made up from stainless instead of mild steel
, toted the crap back to Paynesville, bolted it back onto the engine and had a one day "holiday" instead.
Did I mention I don't like cam driven water pumps...? Oh, yeah, I did.
And BTW, not wanting to insult anyone, but make sure you didn't make the mistake of picking the WRONG TDC for piston 1. 4 stroke
engines have TWO TDCs on piston one, and I've seen enough distributors on old cars rotated 180 degrees to know that is easy to get the wrong TDC.