I've recently bought a Carlton GSi 24v, and have since blown the head gasket cos the water level indicator didn't light up when the top hose split and emptied the header tank. What i want to know is, will I be able to replace the head gasket myself, or is it a job best left to the pros? I've never done a head gasket before, but I've been quoted around £500 by a local garage, which I think is expensive. If I do it myself, is there anything I need to look out for that could cause a problem?
there ar'nt any easy ways of doing it, but the satisfaction of success is great. i pulled my mini engine appart after seeing my dad do his from the marina (it was an mgb lump) basicly the same engine, but was willing to learn.
not only did i strip it down but had some performance goodies fitted to it as well inc cam, stage 2 head, lighter flywheel, 40dcoe, home made exhaust with an lcb, oil cooler, lightened and balanced rods... the result was amazing and so glad that i did it all myself.
takle the job head on, drain the water (if there is any left) disconnect everything from the head. disconnect the battery, set the timing marks on the head so its all nice and lined up. then go for it. the head bolts need to be undone in a special sequence or u risk dammaging the head (usualy from the middle of the head outward in a circle) some clever person may help u out with this. disconnect the exhaust and inlet manifold (it may be very heavy to lift out if left bolted to the head. make a final check then lift the head off, send it away for a flow job the thing will go like stink when its rebuilt
its a bit of common needed here... not always loads of knowledge. and dont 4get the swarfega
cheers. there's no water left in it at all cos it split the top hose, so at least i don't have to worry about that! I've been told that the timing chain can be a nightmare - is this true, and is there any way to make it easier?!
grab a haynes manual mate and have a look, they are pretty good for people like u and me ie that dont do car mechanics for a living plus u never know til u try... u may have an understanding of it others have missed
Hmmmm. I've spoken to a mate who owns a garage, and he reckons it'll be a nightmare. He quoted me £400, which is better, but I think i need to decide whether it's worth the hassle or whether i should just sell it or break it for parts. Cheers for the advice tho guys.