Cutting a long story short: I've got a GTV 3.0 V6 with a nice blown head gasket
It's not massively bad at the moment, in fact, Phil from Alfacraft
said I should give Wondarweld
a try, says he's seen it work miracles in the past. Otherwise it's a pretty big job and fairly costly as far as I'm aware. Anyone know what I'd be paying for this (roughly, I expect 20 hrs labour + parts)?
Now, onto the next part. I'm no professional mechanic, but I'm an engineer, and a keen lad who's up for a challenge, and I love working with the car. I said to a friend, "If I had the tools and the space, I'd love to do this myself, I have the time!" Lo and behold, I find Pitstart
. A fully equipped garage for hire with all the tools and space I'd need only 20 mins from my flat. It all seems too good to be true. But before I go ahead and book a few days off to get down and dirty with the car, has anyone attempted this job before themselves, what was your background, what did you read and how long did it take. Also, importantly, what else is worth changing whilst I'm at it. (Off the top of my head, timing belt, tensioners and water pump come to mind)
Am I being outrageously stupid? Or is a job like this within my grasp given enough time and prep. I wouldn't be doing the job alone, I'd be doing it with another friend, who is massive petrolhead as well and has worked on all sorts of cars. And the garage has mechanics on hand who can help out, they also have a direct line to Euro Car Parts and you can get bits within an hour if required. I've read through the workshop manual, and it looks to me like most of the job is just getting access to the gaskets. Depending on which gasket is, as far as I can see, I may have to drop out the engine completely. None of this scares me at all, so what do you guys think?
Yay or Nay?