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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:09 pm    Post subject: Hello from Warwickshire! Reply with quote
I bought "Douglas" 20 years ago. He is a swb series 3, 1981, 2.25 petrol. He hasn't been used much due to a growing family and work commitments. Now I am looking forward to at least semi retiring and the family have flown the nest. So the time has come to change all that!
Unfortunately, a family member (not me) drove him recently without enough water in the system. Result - badly cracked cylinder head. I have advertised in the wants column here for a replacement. I have had one or 2 responses from breakers networks, but would only want to use that as a last resort. Any advice anyone?
The bottom half has a blown piston but that can be repaired. Am I right in trying to keep the authenticity of the vehicle by retaining to original engine number I wonder?
So looking forward to getting involved!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome along Rod. That's a real shame about the engine after all those years. Not sure an '81 Landy currently falls into the rivet counters dream of all matching numbers...however in another 10 years who knows?? So I suppose if it is possible it might be wise to rebuild around the original block. You could always source a replacement engine to get it on the road then rebuild the original engine at your leisure?

Do you have any pics of the old chap?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2017 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Rod,

Adie has the best idea there - replace the engine for now, and keep the original - to be rebuild and installed at a later date - a plan with no drawbacks!

regards, Paul.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Afternoon rod.
Good idea to get a replacement engine while you decide whether to rebuild the original. The current engine should be a five main bearing one identifiable by a brick red block and black cylinder head. Engine numbers begin with 361 or 991 so make sure the replacement is the same. Of course if you're not concerned with originality then you could look for a 2.5 engine. They have an unleaded head and a spin on oil filter. I've got one in my 1975 SWB Series 3 and they drop straight in and mine runs perfectly well on the existing manifolds and carburettor (provided the latter is not Weber. Engine number begins with 12H.
Best of luck Alan Drover


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome to the forum, rod.

No advice from me as I am a coil rider. However, I am willing to give encouragement.

Good luck in your quest.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Rod,

Welcome to the club and forum!

Good luck with the cylinder head issue. Let us know how you get on.

Don't for get some pics of your Landy! Very Happy
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