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Old 02-11-2019, 04:22 PM
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I have a 2002 with 20k miles on it. There are odd manmade marks on the front of the head - see attached image. Anyone else have these? I assume they were put there during engine assembly to note proper torque on those fasteners. But it certainly doesn't look like something that would come from the factory. I have records back to the 1000 mile mark, and no indications that the engine has ever been opened up. Any ideas what these marks are about?


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Someone was playing tic tac toe with no O’s. No marks like that on my ‘01 nor my ‘03.
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When was the photo taken?

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Those are factory soapstone markings from the original build. I have seen those Xs countless times.
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Those are factory soapstone markings from the original build. I have seen those Xs countless times.
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When was the photo taken?

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Soapstone eh ? , very cool , first time I've seen pics of them. Nice.
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Soapstone markings. Obviously.

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Man! That is one CLEAN 17-year-old engine! Any photos of the rest of the car?

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Man! That is one CLEAN 17-year-old engine! Any photos of the rest of the car?

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Lots of pics in the sale ad here. I plan to list on BAT in about a month. Probably won’t get this price, but worth a try.
https://www.s2ki.com/forums/cars-sal...miles-1190406/
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