I agree that you should inspect the bearings and replace the rings at this
point. It will never be easier. As for cost, it isn’t difficult to
replace any of the main or lower conrod bearings yourself. Neither the
rings or the oil pump. Little to no machine shop work would be required.
Before new rings are installed, you would hone the cylinders, something you
can do yourself. And I always like to have the crank polished if your not
going to turn it down a bit, something a shop will do for not much money.
Bearings and rings should cost less than $200-250? oil pump is $65? It’s
been a couple years. But then you know you’re set for a long while. I
look at it as "How much is it worth if I had to pull the friggin’ engine
again? As you now understand, it is not a task you want to do twice.
And this is how a restorations grow in size from original expectations!
“Paul Bjarnason” firstname.lastname@example.org@jag-lovers.org on 03/15/2001
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Subject: Re: [E-Type] engine oil seals
If your engine has enough miles on it to warrant a new rear seal, I
recommend you consider just tearing the whole thing apart and checking the
engine out completely. If the engine doesn’t need anything major, I would
guess you could re-ring the pistons and install a new oil pump for under
$1000. Consider new con rod bearings, but you can probably get by w/o
replacing the mains – but, check them carefully with plastiguage to make
sure. Install new freeze plugs. That’s exactly what I did when I had my
engine out – and, I was very glad I did. My main bearing were breaking
and my freeze plugs were about rusted through. Also, I had, stupidly, left
my spark plugs out of the head for a few weeks and, somehow, a screw had
dropped into one of the cylinders while I was doing some work on the bonnet
latch. I heard the screw fall and I looked all around under the car and
could not find it. Little did I know it had fallen into one of the
cylinders. Had I not decided to go through my engine disaster would have
struck when I fired it up.
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From: “Eric MaLossi” firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Thursday, March 15, 2001 4:44 PM
Subject: [E-Type] engine oil seals
I was wondering how hard it would be to change the main oil seals on the
engine, and whether I should go ahead and do that while the engine is
They currently aren’t leaking or if the rear one is, then it is
Is this a case where ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’?
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