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  1. #31
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    As I mentioned in an earlier post, Q-Silver told me a few months ago that they were no longer building the MicaelD spec, high hp Zetec. Instead, they offer just a basic rebuild. AND, anyway, my plain-Jane 170 hp (advertised) stock SVT Zetec was able to keep up w/MichaelD's 220 hp Q-Silver on the straights. So not sure all of those 220 hp were pulling their weight.

    Of course, there are other factors, I have a Caterham 6 sp, his car was essentially a 4sp (w/5th being overdrive) and perhaps it had different final drive too? I dont have headlights which helps areo, ditto cycle fenders vs. MD's clams. So, many variables. Still, one would think that those alleged 50 extra hp would show up on long straights.

    I can add that pulling a lightly used engine from a junked Focus isn't necessarily a great solution. I did that when I blew my Duratec in my Birkin and the replacement engine also had issues, including internal rust from sitting for months (years?).
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    I can't justify $8k on a rebuild period! So as good as they may be QS is out
    Focus Power in NC seems the way to go 60% less for what looks like on paper a solid result.

    Had a long chat with the owner and he went through various scenarios basically saying reuse as much as they can, head, pistons (I have a spare set) ARP bolts re con the connecting rods etc. Crank and bearings are wrecked but replacement is a couple of hundred bucks.
    He was reducing the cost as best he could based on assumptions which to me was a refreshing change than a $3k minimum I heard from QS just to tear the engine down.

    He did say I gotta keep that 11.1 compression or lose a ton of power and octane booster only works in the tank for a few hours and that could of been the constant knocking I heard and that did not do the engine any favours.
    Stick with 100 octane gas.

    All the help and advice offered here is greatly appreciated (But still nothing on how to explain this to the wife)

    I will keep you guys informed of what happens and if Focus Power turns out to be the correct choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brightonuk View Post
    All the help and advice offered here is greatly appreciated (But still nothing on how to explain this to the wife)

    I will keep you guys informed of what happens and if Focus Power turns out to be the correct choice.
    In order to give the constructive wife advice we need to address this as systematically as we do everything else.

    Whats the year/make/model? How often is maintenance done? Is trade in an option or you want to keep this one? When her head gasket blows, is the rebuild more or less expensive than the Zetec?
    2001 Caterham Superlight R

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    Censored /Censored/Censored
    Not as often as was done in 1984
    No Choice
    Debatable
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    Too Funny! Though my wife wouldn't think so.



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    I too thought that was a great set of questions from Vovchandr.
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    Just in case anyone is looking to spend $$ on a borescope
    This one for 9 bucks works great better than the $70 one from HF.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    (To help pay for the rebuild I am now offering High Res Colonoscopies for $59.99)
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    So it begins and the $$ will start to dwindle.


    I decided on Road and Race in West Palm Beach for the rebuild as they are the one taking the engine out and sending it across country just did not make sense.
    These guys came with good reviews and all they do is build and fix race cars we will see.
    I should know by Friday how much damage I did driving it 1/4 mile home after the bearing went south (Should of just called the wife to bring the trailer when I heard the bang)
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    Look on the bright side - it could be a divorce! They are really expensive!

    I would not beat yourself up about the 1/4 mile drive home doing more damage. The initial oops noise did everything it needed to guarantee an engine pull down and rebuild.
    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croc View Post
    I would not beat yourself up about the 1/4 mile drive home doing more damage. The initial oops noise did everything it needed to guarantee an engine pull down and rebuild.
    yes THIS! that last gentle 1/4 didn't hurt more what was already hurt bad and requiring surgery..

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