You know how some cars don't want to live? Well, this one certainly doesn't want to and with something that feels slightly like regret, but really isn't, I've taken it off life support. RIP SEi, you won in the end.
Basically, the very last head bolt, on the very last turn, snapped. Ergo, the block is now scrap. It would still need a new tyre or two and a thermostat housing to make it right anyway and I've throughly run out of patience, plus an engine swap is way, way beyond me - I have not got the tools, time or interest in doing it - I need it gone, running or otherwise as it's parked on the road, taking up a parking space and costing me in tax and insurance. It still has MOT until next May or something, not that that is relevant any more.
As a result, I will be breaking it but it'll have to go pretty soon - I will be calling the scrap dealer round in the next couple of weeks. I'm intending to take off bits like lights, wing mirrors etc. and will put the mismatched 45 wheels with rotten tyres which came spare with it on the front as the others have brand new tyres on them but once it's clearly and obviously stripped of parts it'll have to go very quickly as it's on a sloping residential street and I can't really move it.
If anyone here wants bits off it at a discounted Autoshite rate, please PM me with an offer, it all has to go - or if anyone wants to come and scoop up the whole thing, please do. £100 takes it.
As far as breaking it goes, it has some particularly good bits...
* Newly reconditioned cylinder head with new cam seals
* Reconditioned ECU with two plips
* Two good wing mirrors
* All good lights
* Two brand new budget front tyres on fairly tidy SEi wheels
* Reasonably tidy SEi half-leather interior - could do with a bit of a scrub and a little wear on the driver's bolster but basically sound
* Grimy but intact green carpeted floor mats
* Good panels (e.g. bootlid/bonnet)
The gearbox is good and the clutch is quite recent but if you want those, you'll have to take the whole car as I'm not going to get them off it.
It's a shame but I just want it gone, I'm sick of the sight of it if I'm honest and I'd like to try and claw back a few quid as it's been quite a money pit!
This post is made with profuse apologies to Mr_Bo11ox who put a lot of time, effort and money into this car. Any bits you'd like off it gratis for another R8 project, let me know.
The car's in Barnstaple, North Devon.