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Join Date: Sep 2001
I'm going to have to strip the old engine to get it down the dump, so no, pulling the heads is no bother. Check price for gaskets etc before you start though....the small box of bits that just arrived to rebuild the 'new' motor for mine cost me £475. That's just a few gaskets, a few seals, cambelt & tensioner, cam followers plus odds and sods - all pretty much essential for doing the job properly. Doesn't include head gaskets as I already had these. Ouch. I wish the damn thing had failed the MOT now, then I could have scrapped it with a clear conscience. I reckon this replacement engine is going to cost me best part of £800 by the time I'm done. Madness on car worth this little. The only thing making it worthwhile is that I know the car and that the rest of it is sound. It'll have to last another few years after all this expense and effort.
FWIW, I'd say to keep the costs down, you could put the heads of my old engine straight on without doing anything other than swapping cams & followers. For sanity, you'd then want cambelt, tensioner (unless yours is genuinely OK), waterpump (unless you KNOW it's good), headgaskets & oil feed O rings, exhaust gaskets, possibly some bolts, and a few O rings & gaskets for the water system. It adds up....
Cue loads of people saying "I've got a perfect V6 engine you could have had for £50"......
I'm near Worcester. If you came down with a van, you could take more or less the entire engine away. (I need to rob a few odd bits that you'd already have on yours). I've got a few other 155 engine bits kicking about as well that I'll be scrapping once this job is finished.