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A warped sense of humour

I'm part way through stripping Lintilla's engine again, and I think I've discovered the reason for the blown head gasket on the way to Ireland. The top surface of the block appears to be slightly warped; it is lower in the middle than at the sides, so the gasket wouldn't have been clamped well in the middle. From the sooty marks on the gasket I think it had been blowing slightly between all the cylinders for a while, and that long high-speed run down the A55 racing to catch the ferry was the last straw that caused the thin bit of gasket between 3 and 4 to blow out entirely.

I can probably guess why the block is warped too. When I got the car, the water pump and the radiator were both leaking slightly, and the cooling system was half empty. I made sure I kept the water topped up on the way home, but if the previous owner had at any point allowed the engine to boil dry, that could easily have caused the problem.

I didn't buy the rebored block that was on eBay - it went for too much money, considering it was a bit of an unknown quantity and it probably would have cost another £50 or so to transport it up to me. So this week I need to look into quotes for having Lintilla's block rebored and the top surface skimmed.

Fenchurch is going in for her MOT tomorrow. Fingers crossed that she will pass first time, because with Lintilla off the road again I'm back to commuting on the bus if Fenchurch is out of action too.


i reckon it was only my amazing driving which kept the gasket going as long as it did ;) errr...... maybe.....

bummer having to have the block re-bored and skimmed. hope the quotes aren't too scary. you could always sell me your vid camera to raise a tenner or so towards it ;)

everything crossed here for M-day, esp those handbrake cables. Update us.
Amazing, yes, that's the word! I'm still deciding what to say in my write-up about the malicious vandalism completely accidental blowing up of my poor little car's engine. ;)

"When the_magician and I returned to the scene of the incident, wibble_puppy was observed to be jumping up and down on the bonnet and cackling gleefully while a large cloud of white smoke issued from the radiator grille."
Ha! That was just the engine! Wait till you see what I did to the brakes :D
it's truly awesome what you can do with diabetic marmalade and a couple of tins of luncheon meat :D
Not the dreaded buses!
Fingers crossed then for Fen's MOT :-)
you need to be more positive... the cooling system was half full...

There must be loads of 1098 engines knocking around with decent blocks, you could (in the meantime) if you really want to get lintilla back on the road, use 2 gaskets to fill the gap a bit - maybe.
after seeing todays pictures I'll keep my smart ideas to myself ;o)