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Old 11-09-2008, 09:57 AM   #1
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Well I got my ranger about a month ago and finally got of road worhthy, or so I though. I had a oil leak which I fixed with Lucas oil treatment, and it needed an alternator. I get all this installed and fixed. I go to stArt the truck and it looks like a damn smoke machine. But it was smoking from under the hood from one of the valve covers. The longer I let the engine the less it smoked. Any idea as to what would cause this?
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:05 PM   #2
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If the truck had sat for a good while, it sounds like maybe it was just oil burning off that had leaked out of the valve cover and onto the exhaust manifold. Did the motor seem to run OK otherwise?
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Old 11-09-2008, 03:14 PM   #3
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other than the ton of smoke poring from the engine you wouldn't know there was anything wrong. Idle sound great and it drive real good. I just had to fix the oil leak and fgure this smoking problem out and it should be good to go, I hope. Sorry for any grammar errors its kinda hard to type on ithe iPhone
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other than the ton of smoke poring from the engine you wouldn't know there was anything wrong. Idle sound great and it drive real good. I just had to fix the oil leak and fgure this smoking problem out and it should be good to go, I hope. Sorry for any grammar errors its kinda hard to type on ithe iPhone
Then it sounds like it's just old oil cooking off.

Wouldn't hurt to carefully clean the motor a little, to get a better handle on where all it's leaking. I've got an '84 2.8L truck also; on mine the valve cover gaskets (likely original) were so toasted when I got it that parts of them were actually gone. Valve cover gaskets are cheap and easy, and it might be worth a look at on yours.

1st generation trucks are starting to get scarce these days. Good luck with it.
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Old 11-09-2008, 07:24 PM   #5
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na I do not think its the gasket. Its coming from where you pour in the oil. I'm going to get it rebuild it if I ever get the money

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Old 11-15-2008, 11:28 AM   #6
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Get some rubber valve cover gaskets, you probably need to adjust the valves anyway.
If the oil is over pressuring and blowing out the fill hole
(mine blew thru the dipstick tube)
you may have a problem with the PCV or how its hooked up.

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