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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Accidental Bentley Turbo R Owner

Ay up. So I couldn’t sleep, ended up bidding on a Turbo R on eBay, drove it home to London from Suffolk, drove it to a friend’s house in Kent, drove it to Goodwood in Sussex. On the way back blew the head gasket. Now I’m here.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-29-2019, 05:03 PM
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Welcome to the forum, tyinsky. One must be careful with bidding late night on Ebay. Still, I'm sure it's a nice car. Are you mechanically inclined? If so, while there is more crap in the engine bay of these cars than a regular car, the engine is still just an engine. Parts can be pricey but are readily available. Keep us posted and we always like pictures.

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Welcome to the forum. eBay during the twilight zone can be fraught with danger, I was almost in your predicament once but thankfully someone outbid me at the last second. Turbo R's are prone to head gasket failure if put under pressure before the engine has fully warmed, apparently the original gaskets were not of a good standard but a later upgraded version is available and is reportedly more robust. Hopefully your engine hasn't been damaged or the head hasn't become warped and you will be up and running again soon.
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Thank you for the warm welcome gentlemen.

Sadly I’m not mechanically minded. The car was warmed up having driven an hour returning from the Kennels at Goodwood. I made the mistake of pushing the loud pedal too hard joining the M2/A2 up hill for the first time to see just what it could do. Impressive, until I exited the A2 and noticed the tell tail lumpy idle of a blown gasket.

To make my late night eBay purchase even more exciting, it turns out there are no gaskets in the country, and Bentley have around 200 on back order, meaning that the expensive repair will also incur a long wait.

Apparently, the wait on fresh gaskets is due to a redesign with Bentley finally attempting to improve the notorious weak spot.

The car itself is a lovely thing. Solid, no visible rust, has had well over £20k spent on it during the last four years. 113,000 miles, 1996 in green.

Perhaps it will be back on the road this year. Speaking to a few specialists and will take my best shot with one once parts become available.
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Beautiful car. Based on other member's experiences I would recommend Paul Yorke @ everythingrolls.royce for repair work. I haven't had any personal experience with him but am relying on references from other owners. I'm not sure where you're located but Paul is based in Wales near the western end of the M4. Nothing is cheap where RR&B are concerned but I understand that Paul's work is very competitively priced compared to many of the main dealers and that he is straight & reliable. Good luck.
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Unfortunately, we see this all too often...Bidding on a car, especially a RR/B without prior inspection, auction or in private hands. A thorough inspection by a competent shop or tech familiar with the marque would have saved you thousands....many thousands in fact. A Turbo Bentley is one of those cars, especially with no known history and high mileage that is likely prone to blown head gaskets.
Unfortunately, the cost to repair may equal or exceed the value of the car. It would be prudent to clean up the valves, check guide clearances, replace valve stem seals etc. when the top half of the block is torn down. There will be a painful amount of hours for this job.
We see so many cars literally dumped on auction sites as a last ditch attempt to get rid of them and let someone else deal with the aftermath.
I know you're sick to your stomach by now and my best advice going forward is have it done properly by a known firm that has performed this procedure. You do not want to go thru this again. Spend the money and do it right and listen to professional advice. When done you will have a car to enjoy and if treated properly will give you many years of pleasure.

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Hi Paul Yorke and Duane starman have good reputations I believe.
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Thanks for the recommendations. I will contact them and see what they have to say.

I’m reasonably confident I’ve not caused too much damage, and optimistic it may be a case of skimming the heads and replacing the gaskets as the car has not overheated. Already had my local guy put a camera down the plugs. It is the front corner of bank A where it has failed.

The positive to my woe is the forthcoming resigned Bentley gaskets should be much improved and go someways to fixing this common issue that plagues all these cars irrespective of mileage. Knowing these are fitted will give peace of mind when using the car without fear of being stranded. Well, at least not by this issue.

I am curious to understand if others have done any modification work to improve cooling in the engine bay. My studies so far highlight how hot these big lumps can get. Could a larger capacity radiator built to order help? Heat wrapping the manifolds or ceramic coating them? Adding an extra fan (if there is room)?
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Hi , I'm convinced it is connected to the change to organic antifreeze.
Would like other opinions but I'm sticking to glycol based .
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