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post #1 of 93 (permalink) Old 05-21-2017, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all have just purchased this 1991 turbo am in the process of working on it I bought from a customer that totally didn't do his research in these cars needs alot of work just doing head gaskets as we speak I'll include some pictures it's quite a mission nearly there does anyone know of decent place for head gaskets the original composition look ok but does anyone know if the later multi layer steel gaskets fit thanks for any help
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post #2 of 93 (permalink) Old 05-21-2017, 05:52 PM
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Congrats, nice project! Yes, the new sandwiched gaskets fit!
Looks like both hydraulic pumps are leaking. There's a lot you can do between the ''Vee'' while you have it open, and when you're pulling the heads. new valve stem sealy may be a good idea for a 25y old car.
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Thanks jp_corniche I was hoping the mls gaskets work I think they handle pressure and heat much better than the old composite ones and yes definitely doing pumps while there the turbo looks like a right bugger to remove will hopefully have heads off tomorrow (Monday) will put some more pictures up just one more thing is it worth sending turbo away to be checked? I don't know life span on these the car actually drove fine 70k on clock no smoke but it had been overheated and I wasn't gonna chance the gaskets
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Sorry pps does anyone know about Central locking? It won't lock all doors but open them all? And 2 button alarm fob works but car doesn't respond there are a few more problems but don't want to do too much at once cheers guys for help so far ?
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welcome to the club! My central locking did the same so I ordered a brand new keyless system to retrofit. I will install it last winter, so he says....
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OMG the bentley was never meant to be taken apart with the engine in lol some of the bolts especially the exhaust and turbo ones are in ridiculous place ? but I've only spent a few hours on it and I'm getting there slowly very slowly lol
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Deep breaths marcg, I have seen Turbo's with the engine apart in situ. Not pleasant I'm sure.

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OMG the bentley was never meant to be taken apart with the engine in lol some of the bolts especially the exhaust and turbo ones are in ridiculous place ? but I've only spent a few hours on it and I'm getting there slowly very slowly lol
Most modern vehicles are not meant to have major engine work done on them while the engine is in place and Rolls Royce is no exception.

You have to remove the engine on a 4 litre Ford Ranger to replace the rear timing chain guides and dropping the oil pan is almost impossible.
They say if you lift the engine/trans off all their mounts, you can gain enough clearance.

It's not just RR, but I'm sure if there was a contest RR would win the prize for engine bay inaccessibility.
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. . .but I'm sure if there was a contest RR would win the prize for engine bay inaccessibility.
Oh, heavens, not even close!! (Or at least through the SZ era they're not even close).

There is a special place in **** for engineers and corporate executives that insist on maximizing the efficiency of manufacture/assembly only while making routine maintenance, let alone major maintenance, an exercise in torture!!

We've got space galore compared to most contemporary cars, and even some going back to the late 1980s.

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Well the story so far lol removed turbo and by God it weighs made from British steel lol and got head nuts off but nearside head won't budge stuck on one bloody stud lol so have soaked in wd40 now just removing offside but the more I look the more I think it would have been easier just to drop engine and trans out on subframe? Any thoughts?
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