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The Exploding V8
Posted 13 October 2008 - 08:04 AM
I was with Walter and Philipe from Belgium and we were having a lovely time catching Bibs up until Walters V8 did an F1 style blow up:
Here's the result.....I don't know but does this look terminal to you?
Don't click on this link if you are squeemish or don't like to see dead Esprits.
Posted 13 October 2008 - 10:06 AM
Posted 13 October 2008 - 10:26 AM
Posted 13 October 2008 - 11:04 AM
Is there any bit that isn't less than ordinary???
Opinions are like armpits. Everyone has them, some just stink more than others.
Posted 13 October 2008 - 11:30 AM
Posted 13 October 2008 - 12:00 PM
If the block itself is intact then only the liner is needed. OK, crank, rods, pistons etc follow along with the oil pick-up and related parts.
Unless I have missed something, the crankshaft caps seemed to be undamaged.
Depends on insurance I suppose. If the worst came to the worst, and the insurance company made the car a total loss, I would be tempted to consider buying the salvage and putting in a bit extra to have the engine rebuilt or look around for a second-hander.
It's difficult to tell from the photos but the car seems to be in otherwise good condition.
Posted 13 October 2008 - 01:51 PM
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Posted 13 October 2008 - 03:26 PM
About insurance. I Think what keyword is 'suddently', so in this case is hope.
That works here. Of course many variations between companies and countries.
Posted 13 October 2008 - 05:51 PM
Any idea what triggered such events?
Good luck I hope you get it sorted.
Posted 13 October 2008 - 07:13 PM
Me to. I though mechanical issues weren't covered as well.
Oops, I might have overlooked something; you are probably right.
Different tack: you have to consider the value of the car as-is, the cost of an engine rebuild and then the value of the car with its new motor. That's the economics side of things.
Then you have to consider the car's use. Is it occasional or every-day transport? If the former, then time and convenience are not crucial. If the latter, well, that's a different matter.
Other factors: are you mechanically able? Could you get the engine out, strip it, rebuild it and put it back in?
I am trying to be helpful because I can appreciate that life probably doesn't feel too good at the moment and you could do with a bit of encouragement.
Incidentally, I am intrigued by the cause of failure. Was it a liner fracturing or was it something else that broke first that then set off several consequences?
I have seen rods through the side of blocks and the damaged block was repaired. Similarly, I have seen destroyed combustion chambers from broken valves welded up and then remachined for valve seat inserts and the like to the original manufacturer's dimensions.
Most things are possible; it's the cost-benefit analysis that is decisive.
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