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Question Turbo + coolant = any damage?

On my 87 GT I installed a On3 kit and tuned it via Megasquirt2. Through the tuning process I never had any problems. When I got my suspension/brake/wheels upgrades completed, I took the car for a short spin. Very short.
I made it down about a 1/4mile from my shop. I had to turn around because somebody was backing a semi across the street. About halfway back the car starts stuttering and trying to die. I make it back into the drive and let it die. At this time I find that there is very little coolant left in the radiator, none in the oil. I filled the radiator to check for leaks - there are none.
Fire the car up and it dies again. Now there is very little coolant in the car again, because it just got pumped through the exhaust, turbo and out the downpipe. Apparently the little bit of boost was too much for the stock head bolts/gaskets.

So now the question - With the little amount of time the car was running, would the turbo have been damaged by the coolant being pumped through it?

There are no physical signs of damage that I can see - no bent fins or additional play on the compressor.

The reason I ask is because I am stripping the car and selling the everything and don't want to hand off a problem.

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I think you're OK... journal bearings are pretty resiliant.


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Drag lites..4 or 5 bolt?

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So you built this car & only drove it 1/4 mile, now you are parting it out?
Sounds like something I would do!?

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So you built this car & only drove it 1/4 mile, now you are parting it out?
Sounds like something I would do!?
LOL - I drove it more with the original engine and a lot of nitrous.
Then it spun a few bearings. I put another stock-ish engine in and got into upgraded EVERYTHING else as I went. TKO600 AJE k-member, coilovers, Roll Bar, 5-lug conversion, 18" wheels, Corbeau seats, Megasquirt 2 ECU, cooling system, etc...

When this engine popped, I looked at what is was going to cost me to take the next steps - TFS heads, intake, throttle body, and possibly a new short block(dart 347). After looking at all that, I decided I wanted to concentrate on building my Chevelle as opposed to the GT. I've never had any real attachment to the Mustang, so the decision to strip/sell wasn't too difficult. The Chevelle, on the other hand, has been a long ongoing project and I really want it to be done.


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