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#61 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:18 PM

Started yet?

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Posted 31 August 2017 - 12:06 PM

JohnK I have been doing research into the replacement of this head gasket for the upcoming "field of dreams" event, can you please give me as much detail as to the circumstances of the head gasket failure?


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 08:37 AM

Intrigued as to what happened to this car.  Would love it to come up for roffle again, as I was ferried to school for a couple of years back in the mid-80's in one almost identical to this and would love to experience driving one.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 09:13 AM

Don't be intrigued. Somewhere in this thread, there is a plan to change the head gasket on it this very weekend. http://autoshite.com...e-in-our-field/


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 10:36 AM

Come and help and you too could be driving it around a field!

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Posted 01 December 2017 - 12:58 PM

Any further updates?!!!!!
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Posted 01 December 2017 - 04:04 PM

The good news was the team removed the engine and took the head off it in September.

 

The bad news is the liners are low and ruffgezzer thinks simply replacing the head gasket with not last very long. 

 

To rebuild the engine is going to cost a fair amount so my preference is simply to pop a secondhand one in, the problem is finding one. I do has a spare of unknown condition with the drop gears missing from Gogentley, but I need to remove the head to inspect it. It looks like it has been sitting around for a while now and why was it removed.

 

There is no cover where the car is located so I guess it will be spring before anything happens with it.

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2000 Jaguar S Type 3.0 SE, 1996 Citroen ZX TD Estate, 2001 Alfa 156 V6 Veloce, 2000 Citroen C15, 1991 BMW E30 325i SE, 2004 Range Rover TD6

 

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1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (core plug leaking), Cadillac Gear selector cable required.

 

Away and being fixed:
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Posted 18 September 2018 - 05:56 AM

Sorry to drag up an old thread, but did this get fixed? Where is it now?


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:57 AM

No need to be sorry about talking about this.

 

I still have the car and no progress has been made.

 

The options are:

 

·         To rebuild its original engine, it was never cooked badly so this should be straightforward enough if you have the right skills.

·         Pop in another 1124cc engine, but I can’t find one in the UK. The only one I have found was a 954cc and all things considered I would not enjoy driving it with a downgraded engine. I have also looked at 1360cc and there seems to be the odd one, but the problem is using the existing 4 speed gearbox needs an adaptor plate which are rare or a new subframe and mounting welded on to use a 5 speed gearbox.

·         Break it for spares.

 

I also have GoGently’s spare engine that needs the head removing to check the condition. I guess I don’t have a great deal of confidence that it is ok because no history is known, the drop gears are removed and why was it taken out of a car. I should check and the solution may be sitting there all the time, the problem is it took four Autoshitters to get the head off last time!

 

I bought the Super E for spares and while it would be good to save it is not the model I really want to spend my time and money on. I have 3 running Visas and my project Visa GT that needs my attention to return to the road.

 

If you want to buy it then I would release it. If you fancy popping the cylinder head off the spare engine to see if there is a solution that would be great.

 

Any other ideas considered to save the car!

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:11 AM

 

 

If you want to buy it then I would release it. If you fancy popping the cylinder head off the spare engine to see if there is a solution that would be great.

 

Any other ideas considered to save the car!

 

Hmmm that's interesting. I could actually be very interested in this. Would you consider PM'ing me with a price you have in mind for it as is? Its been a long time since I had a visa but am a past owner of 3, so I do know them.


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:22 AM

Thanks to this thread, I now know a Visa GTi is a thing. Interesting!


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:22 AM

A brave man looking to take one of these on just before Brexit. Ive heard that Visas could become much more complex after we tumble triumphantly into the unknown abyss.
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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:26 AM

Thanks to this thread, I now know a Visa GTi is a thing. Interesting!

 

it is, if you can find one get a 115ch version. I had one. They are better than the 1.6 205 and I will argue that point with anyone.



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:34 AM

Wot no roffle :(


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:55 AM

I've ammended the title tag to save further roffle based disappointment.
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Posted 18 September 2018 - 09:00 AM

Also I'm about 20 feet away from this very car as I type this, so if you need pics or whatever then let me know.
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Posted 24 September 2018 - 12:53 PM

Update and question time.  Yesterday myself and the better half popped over to see Six-cylinder and the visa, also had the luck of meeting Bucketeer at the same time. Both top chaps as expected from AS regulars. 

I have a question for everyone who was there when the head came off this thing, what led to the thoughts the liners had moved?  I read in the thread that it was thought that there was one sat too low, or am I barking up the wrong tree? Was the crank turned whilst the head was off? That's it with the stupid questions for now luckily.


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Posted 24 September 2018 - 02:57 PM

It is great to see the car progressing towards a return to the road.

 

The liners are supposed to stick up 4-7 thou above the block and these are just level. The engine was not turned once the head was removed and the liners did not move as a result of the head removal. Ruffgezzer who was part of the team who took it apart advised me that simply replacing the head gasket with the liners level to the block would probably result in a short life before HGF. There is a gasket under the liners which is a likely candidate for changing.


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1966 Jaguar E-Type FHC (core plug leaking), Cadillac Gear selector cable required.

 

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Posted 24 September 2018 - 03:44 PM

Thanks Chris, that’s interesting, with a straight edge and a set of feelers gauges, they all appear to be proud. But as it’s apart I will replace them anyway as it’s just the best bet. I have managed to find and order a complete gasket set, which appears to also include the liner bottom seals. When it arrives I will get stuck in.
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 01:00 AM

Who owns this magnificent beast now? I assume it's changed hands a couple of times since the roffle was cancelled..
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 04:46 AM

Who owns this magnificent beast now? I assume it's changed hands a couple of times since the roffle was cancelled..


Errrr well, nearly me. I’m sure Six-cylinder won’t mind me saying. We have made a deal. I’m selling my AX to make space ( AX advert will go up here next day or two) I’ve currently got the visa engine at my place for repairs.
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Posted 25 September 2018 - 06:37 PM

WOOP

 

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Posted 25 September 2018 - 10:52 PM

Errrr well, nearly me. I’m sure Six-cylinder won’t mind me saying. We have made a deal. I’m selling my AX to make space ( AX advert will go up here next day or two) I’ve currently got the visa engine at my place for repairs.



Buy a car to fit your engine.

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Posted 26 September 2018 - 04:03 AM

Buy a car to fit your engine.

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Very good of you to see it that way.
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Posted 26 September 2018 - 05:20 AM

WOOP

 

many snails to affected parties :D

 

Very happy I am to have the first UK owner make a happy WOOP on this thread, I'm afraid I haven't been here that long so don't yet speak 'hairnet' :-D   So any rough translation from a veteran shite-er welcome please.



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Posted 26 September 2018 - 05:35 AM

I *think* he means “may providence bestow upon you the gift of fine French cuisine.” Certainly the smiley face is a good sign.

I’ll add my own smiley face too.
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Posted 26 September 2018 - 07:02 AM

I *think* he means “may providence bestow upon you the gift of fine French cuisine.” Certainly the smiley face is a good sign.

I’ll add my own smiley face too.

 

He says then posts no smiley face........



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Posted 26 September 2018 - 07:42 AM

Excellent news. Keep us updated with engine work progress please.
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Posted 26 September 2018 - 07:45 AM

Excellent news. Keep us updated with engine work progress please.

 

 

Certainly will squire. so far, i've found out I can lift a suitcase engine from the van into the garage on my own, as long as the head if off. I didn't even give myself a hernia, which is nice.


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