I snapped at least one connecting rod which then proceeded to open up the oil pan like a can opener when I was cranking the engine to pump the water out. It was a series of bonehead moves on my part, but, as I said, at least I learned on my beater.
Everything went perfect after the idiot move.
- one beautiful TLC cued up on the other side of the water positioned perfectly to winch me out.
- same TLC owner pulled my butt back out to civilization
- managed to barely squeak out enough cell coverage to get ahold of my wife, tell her where I was so she could arrange AAA tow (I was 98 miles from where I needed to end up on a 100 mile tow service)
- having margaritas by 8PM with the "Cheep" parked out in front.
I'm going back up this weekend to take the oil pan off and see if the block is salvageable. I have a bad feeling that when the connecting rod snapped that it probably damaged the cylinder wall, but I may get lucky? If not, I may short block it or find a donor engine somewhere. One thing about Cherokees, their are plenty of them available for parts.