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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
Re: Am I getting ripped off over head gasket?
That's a bummer..!
The induction kit wouldn't make any difference to the head gasket.
Are your sure the head gasket is knacked? Your should get it confirmed by a coolant exhaust-gas check. If water did get into the cylinder you could have suffered hydraulic lock. Basically the piston tries to compress the coolant, rather than the inlet charge, and the pressure is often enough to bend the con-rod (not the valves as the valves never open into a compressed space).
So it could be worse than it sounds on the face of it. I hope not.
£800 would be reasonable, depending on what the damage is. At the very least your mechanic will have to take the cylinder head off, test it's not warped (skim it if it is) and then re-assemble every thing. If he also has to use new valves, then the cost goes up pretty rapidly.
I'm worried you may have damaged the bottom end too. You must get the crank bearing shells inspected as they are liable to have been scored or slipped during the failure. If swarf gets into the oilways, the crank will fail in a few thousand miles. Best to sort it thoroughly now.
No bullets for Chaingun..