Was driving my 02 plate the other day, everything going fine and suddenly smelled coolant burning. Thermometer was at the max position, so shut the engine off and had a look, and the coolant was spraying out of the overflow pipe.
Topped up the radiator with cold water and started again, but thermometer went straight to the top after a couple of minutes. Limped it to a mates workshop with a number of stops and refills and we decided the head gasket was gone - loads of foamy bubbles coming up from the radiator with the cap off. Truck ran fine, sounded fine and I was able to drive it about 10 miles the next day to a nearby garage without the temp going above half but there was still loads of coolant/water pissing out from the overflow pipe.
Garage just rang me, and mentioned something about the older trucks having a ceramic insert which, if it's buggered will cost a fortune. I can't find anything online about ceramic inserts so was wondering if anybodys got any thoughts? I'm hoping it's just the gasket that's gone, so I'll need a new one and the head skimming!