Living la vida loca!
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jul 2005
Tough little b#gger
Nice 36C temps, wife knocks the radiator against the curb, leaves it to drip for a while, finishes her shift, drives some 6 miles into the town next doors to pick up the kids, doesn't stop the engine, drives back home and after about 5 miles starts to hear a tapping noise, notices the temp is maxed out (yes, FINALLY NOTICES) and stops the car. The result:
Blown head gasket
Stuck piston rings (that was the noise)
Basically a seriously cooked engine (I rushed to the crime scene and pulled the dipstick - it was smoking!!). Really suprised just how tough these TS's can be though as it ran for some 20 to 30 minutes in extreme heat before trashing its guts. The end result is that the head can be recovered and is off for milling (wondering if I'll get improved BHP out of this...), liners are going to be honed, set of new rings installed, the timing will be done seeing as it's all off anyway along with other bits and bobs. Fortunately I'm getting a good discount on my garage bill (Alfa specialist is a personal friend) but... always a but... does anyone else think that all this skimming, milling, honing and messing about is actually worth it? The garage bill is less than the used value of the car but is it worth all the hassle?
164 V6 24v "Zender Alfa Sport"
Past glories: Sud 1.5ti, Alfetta GTV, GTV6, 33 1.5ti, 33 1.7ie, 164 3.0 V6, 164 3.0 V6, GTV 1.8TS, 156 1.6 TS, 159 2.4 JTDm QTronic.