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Engine Rebuilders......who?

PostPost by: raygon » Tue Jun 15, 2004 10:37 am

Personally I would not recommend QED
They did a head rebuild for me which was extremely poor.The head guide clearances were too big ,the result was lots of oil loss.They decided to skim the head ,when it clearly didn't require it ,so it the future if the head slightly warps it can't be skimmed.
Rebuilding engine is easy if you can trust the people doing it .I suggest that you get the person doing it to put it on a Dyno(with you watching) before you take delivery.
I have only used Burton for some minor maching but have been impressed buy them,however these things change by the day as these small companies don't have any quality standard and probaly never calibrate there measuring instrument(this maybe a good question to ask).
I suggest you find a person who has had a recent rebuild and maybe look at the company he used.

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PostPost by: steveww » Tue Jun 15, 2004 1:02 pm

A couple of questions though: should the breather into the crankcase (?) be really just a push fit? and how much, if any, pressure should there be?


On my S4 Stromberg head - the breather goes in to the head by No 4 cylinder.
The pipe is a push fit and is easily fitted by hand.
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PostPost by: nebogipfel » Tue Jun 15, 2004 6:09 pm

Mmmm

Everytime I think I've made a decision something comes along to make me do a rethink.

I had more or less decided to get my guides replaced by QED ..........


Any other suggestions? Preferably within reasonable striking distance of East Anglia

I have heard a few horror stories of guides just pressed in by brute force :(
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PostPost by: steveww » Wed Jun 16, 2004 9:08 am

A mate of mine is a mechanic specialising in American cars. He is just a one man band working out of a small industrial unit and as such does just about everything himself including building engines. Now as it is his own business and thus his reputation if anything goes wrong, I have a bit of faith in who he uses for his machine work. I know he uses a local engineering shop in Northampton. Can't remember their name at the moment but if Northampton is not too far for you I can look them up.
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PostPost by: david.g.chapman » Wed Jun 23, 2004 10:51 am

For what it's worth, I have just had my Stromberg head done by Dave Wills Engineering in Woodford, Essex - new valves, guides and 3 angle unleaded valve seats. It was'nt cheap, but the work was good.

After 300 miles all is well, and the car pulls better than ever.

He appears in the Club Lotus magazine - his tel. number is 0208 559 1779

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