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I recently inherited a 1991 Ford Econoline van with a cracked manifold. The engine makes a sound sort of like firing a machine gun underwater. My father never got it fixed because of the difficulty and expense involved, I think. I know that removing a manifold from an older engine usually results in broken studs and other problems. What I am wondering is if this kind of thing can be welded? Or is there too much pressure? Might it work temporarily? (no I'm not going to try to sell it!) The engine is in good condition - does not use or burn oil. A mechanic told me he thought that the crack did not effect the engine's compression but I wonder about that because this truck seems very underpowered (it has a V-8), I'm not sure which size.

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91 is not that old studs probably wont break -but if large crack would have to take off to weld cast and if off might as well change it if small crack friends and i have fixed using j-b weld but u have to take a small drill bit 1/16 or smaller and at each end of crack drill hole so crack wont expand any further wire brush area clean and try the cold weld let set for a couple of days.crack wont affect compression

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