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Old 02/13/2012, 04:30 AM   #11
dalorzo_f
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White smoke is "generally" coolant leaking into the combustion cycle, head gasket or cracks in the system. Not definative, but the most common cause.

As there were very few J codes made (only 200 w/4 speed, statistic courtesy Marti Auto Works and copyrighted), me, I'd try to find a period correct block, upgrade the internals, and keep the rest near stock. Keep it close to what it was, not just another restomod/stroker (dime a dozen and in a few years just another old incorrect engine). It would still be a fun car...

JMHO
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