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I'm pretty sure one of both the cylinder head gaskets on my V8 is failing which is an engine out rebuild job to fix.

Obviously this is a pisser, but the engine is 8 years old and done 51k miles, a fair portion of which was on the track so it's not a complete kick in the teeth. Plus it would give me a chance to do a lot of otherwise difficult work on it - new clutch, cambelts, recon the turbos, replace the corroded hosing, maybe forged pistons, maybe an lsd, etc.

But for a basic job - removal, stripping, rebuilding, and refitting what have peoples experiences been?

1. Where did you go?

2. How much did it cost?

3. How long did it take?

4. Did they do a good job?


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I'm pretty sure one of both the cylinder head gaskets on my V8 is failing which is an engine out rebuild job to fix.

Obviously this is a pisser, but the engine is 8 years old and done 51k miles, a fair portion of which was on the track so it's not a complete kick in the teeth. Plus it would give me a chance to do a lot of otherwise difficult work on it - new clutch, cambelts, recon the turbos, replace the corroded hosing, maybe forged pistons, maybe an lsd, etc.

But for a basic job - removal, stripping, rebuilding, and refitting what have peoples experiences been?

1. Where did you go?

2. How much did it cost?

3. How long did it take?

4. Did they do a good job?

Sorry, can't really help. But I like your attitude:

'if I have to do it, I might as well do it right, and sort the other things too whilst I'm at it'.

I'd guess you need to budget close to 10k? But its gonna be a cracker of a car when its done....

Jeff

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I suppose the other option is a recon/second hand engine. SW might have a couple, no doubt the factory have a few floating round and they occasionally pop up on ebay.

Anybody know of one?


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May: Cause it's the tool of a pikey.

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I suppose the other option is a recon/second hand engine. SW might have a couple, no doubt the factory have a few floating round and they occasionally pop up on ebay.

Anybody know of one?

Sorry to hear about you concerns. Maybe you overboosted a bit at VMax?.... :o

SWLC have several, but they are 5K on an exchange basis, with a 1K surcharge (all +VAT).

I think your best bet would be getting Lotus themselves to do the rebuild. They probably have a backlog, but the year is coming to a close anyway and it


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I like your attitude on this to. Pick my car up tonight after having the following done. She was not accelerating very well past 3000rpm's.

Magnecor leads (the old ones were rotten and poorly made)

New thin wire platinum spark plugs (see pic of old one)

A much improved radiator (S type core)

K+n Filters

One turbo reconditioned. The outside was cracking and did not spin well.

The previous garage did a terrrible job and everything was not sealed properly so all the plugs and leads were wet. One of the plugs was not even in fully.

Fingers crossed this will keep her running sweet for a while. Although, mine is also a 1998 with 51k on the clock, so watch this space!

John

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Sorry to hear about you concerns. Maybe you overboosted a bit at VMax?.... :)

'Thankfully' not :P

The engine was already exibiting the symtoms before VMax but it's got much worse recently. I guess all those track days over the summer hasn't helped :o


May: DON'T hit it with a hammer!

Clarkson: Why?

May: Cause it's the tool of a pikey.

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Speak to Rob Baker. He got his engine rebuilt at Pat Thomas place didn't he for around

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i've got one to sell,i'm having a clear out of bits and pieces!

has been completely stripped,liners sealed, reground crank,overhauled heads, new belts, head gaskets etc(heads are still off at the moment...waiting for parts!)i'm in hemel hempstead, john hazzard 01442 233208

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You could have had a recon shipped as shown about for $7,500. Oh, and this thread is from 2006! 


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Yea if u want the numbers on ur car to not match and if u want another engine problem lol

 

I don't think a rebuilt numbers matching vs. engine replacement matters on a non-collectible Esprit.  The resale value will be tanked either way. 

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