this information is not for the feint of heart (or 'Non Believers')
...he has just travelled down from Lancashire. He is a
freelance writer for Land Rover World Magazine, and is about to get a big
|The Plan - ...
...to do a top end overhaul using our Piper Cam etc., to
show the benefits of this upgrade and write an article for Land Rover World.
Joe assured us of his engine's suitability as he had thrown
away the original 3.5 and fitted a later 3.5 EFi unit, He
was told (as always) it was in very good order. So Joe parted
with his hard earned money for it. (Don't he look proud !)
|We have not bothered to publish pics of the sludged
up heads, Cam with all its lobes worn and one missing completely,
the badly stretched timing gear, or even the three cracked
pistons. Why? Because this is normal on all V8s that have
covered 80,000 or more miles (all of which would have been
avoided had Rover rectified the few silly problems that lead
to this typical engine state).
I don't think well be using these bearings again
it's of little surprise when you see the contamination in
|The two pictures above prove yet
again the importance of the main bearing stud kit, although
this is a later 'Stiff Block', the mains bolts as fitted to
all pre-crossbolted V8s just aren't up to the job. Joe now
has a completely different opinion of his engine (even though
he has covered in excess of 3000 miles like it with no knowledge
of any of the engine's problems). It would not be fair of
me to say this is typical, because most V8s on the road are
not this bad. However, it is normal to find most V8s lacking
in all these areas without the owner's knowledge. Joe
has now come to terms with his engine and decided to throw
it away. Much time has passed since this job started, but Joe is now
landlording a big hotel, his V8 engine is not the same one
any more (as you would expect). But it's done and dusted and
working fine. He's a happy man at last.
And the moral of this story?.
With an aged V8, things are never as good as they may seem.
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