This now leaves me to wonder whether a bad head gasket could be the evil cause behind the 3.5L's rash of bent #1 rods and ovaled cylinders. If not a cause then could it be a contributing factor perhaps?
Of course we all know the connecting rods weren't properly beefed when they made the jump from 3L to 3.5L. Out of curiosity, how many miles on that 2.5L Steve?
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