My main goal with it’s removal was to address any damage that resulted from a severe overheat, take a peak inside my gearbox to check for wear, and in general do a full gasket replacement on everything. The overheat happened when I opened the heater valve while cruising down 635 . Either an air lock or an obstruction prevented flow. When I flushed my radiator tonight, I found a few chunks of rust and other debris, so likely more is still in the system. The engine died when I got off at the next exit and stopped at the intersection. It sat, then I managed to crank it several times to limp it home very slowly watching the heat. The heater valve still operates cleanly, so that’s not the point of failure. The sounds it made as I limped it home, parking lot to parking lot cooling down between, sounded like a blown head gasket (evidenced by oil in my coolant) and possibly also a failed water pump. I couldn’t get the engine started, though it turned over, the day I brought it to the space for removal.
I’ve never had to bring anything to a machine shop before, so I don’t have a clue where to start looking if I need one.
NEED: check the head and block for flat, test compression, and clean the water jacket of rust and debris. Probably more if you have suggestions
WANT: get everything super clean while it’s apart to repaint the block and head, upgrade some parts, lap valves, “rebuild” the engine by replacing bearings and other consumables, maybe delete my heater (maybe not)
I of course have a budget, so a full rebuild might have to wait and I’ll do the “needs” I mentioned to get everything back in running order, but stop short of going too deep into my want list.
While the engine is out, I’m also planning on converting to right hand drive, and repainting the engine bay (off site of course) since the job is much easier in this state. Some of the LHD components are in such high demand that they’ll finance half of this project with their sale, plus I like it better. Thankfully Minis come with holes to simply move everything over, steering column/master cylinders/et , but that’s another topic of conversation.