My tube broke about 1/32 inch above the manifold. The tube is long enough to just press whats left back in if I just cut it off and grind out the stem. Did you press yours on yourself or did a machine shop do it? Did you mean that the manifold could be removed in a half hour from an intact truck or from a motor outside of the truck?
I'm seriously considering tacking the broken edge with JB Weld then building up the base with MSR quicksteel epoxy. I spoke to a friend today who said he did something similar that lasted two years till he sold his car.
Really appreciate your post. It got me thinking. I drive to work and home each day about 7 minutes each way. The humidity is always high here in Kailua and your explanation of condensation sounds right. I'll bypass the block sealer.
Last edited by markel; 02-08-2008 at 06:16 AM.