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Tim Hobbs <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Just been to the garage w.r.t. getting Stig back (he went for the MoT
> on 4th July and hasn't come back yet....).
> Anyhow, he's pissing oil, pressurising the coolant and overheating.
> There's always been murk in the oil, so I'm guessing the head gasket
> is past it. It's a 3 bearing 2.25 petrol.
> The engine is old and of unknown provenance / condition.
> So, choices choices
> 1. Take the head off and change the gasket. How hard is this? If I
> find other horrors (knacked pistons etc) can I just ignore them and
> put the new gasket on and work on it not being any worse than it was
> before? How much are the parts to do this (I'm guessing very cheap
Head gasket £3.84 inc VAT, pistons (with rings) up to 70thou oversize
£17.62 each inc VAT.
> 2. Swap the engine. This doesn't seem like a lot of work to me? More
> money for another 'unknown' engine
> 3. Do it right and talk to the nice people at LEGS, Automotive wossit
> (?) or Turners. Big dosh, but job done for another 20 years.
> It will drive home OK (only a mile). is it worth trying to change the
> head gasket? How long will it take me and how likely is it all to go
> back together?
Its not difficult - no fancy tools required except a torque wrench.
Most likely you'd want to get the head skimmed (£30-£50 or so), apart
from that if you thought it would be a goer when you had the lid off
the valve guide seals etc may be worth doing
STC1564 Top End Set - 2¼D (includes head gasket) £9.72 inc VAT
Allowing for any head skimming (over night usually) it's probably
best to allow a day if it's your first attempt. The Haynes book
tells you all you need to know.
Personaly, if it doesnt look to bad I'd give it a try - an unknown
engine could come to haunt you....... but then a 2¼ petrol is only
worth a lift on the trailer these days.
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