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Originally posted by Valhall
My bet is within 24 hours of operating this your cylinders are so pitted that your rings won't seal. Ferritic steel doesn't tend to do too well in the presence of water, or steam.
[Edited on 5-30-2004 by Valhall]
Get the valves replaced with stainless steel ones and get the pistons/cylinders ceramic-treated ASAP when you have successfully converted and run your new creation. Do not delay as these items will rust, either by sheer use or by neglect (i.e. letting it sit). You could make max use of your current exhaust system by using it with your new deal until it rusts through, then have your mechanic or welder friend to fit a stainless steel exhaust pipe (no catalytic converter is required). But it could be easier and cheaper to send your existing exhaust system out for the ceramic treatment, and then simply re-attach it to the exhaust ports.
Originally posted by thematrix
Calcium in water is propably going to be the biggest evil do-er in these engines. Ever looked at a bowl you boil water in? How fast calcium attaches to the sides and bottom of it?