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#1 Mark Syms

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Posted 28 September 2018 - 06:44 AM

I have 54 plate, standard UK Spec, Gunmetal 350Z coupe with 95K miles which I have owned from new. Last week it overheated in traffic when the sensor controlling the electric cooling fans failed, this has caused a small hairline crack in the crankcase between the oil pressure sensor and the oil pressure relief blow off valve. It can’t be fixed in-situ, at least that’s what my garage is telling me, but the costs of pulling the engine to effect a repair (or replace the engine with a short block recon unit) are prohibitive to me being able to fix it. So, with a heavy heart, it’s time for me to say goodbye to it and walk away.

 

But, if someone could DIY it then it might be a workable project.

 

The car is, apart from a cat-back stainless exhaust, factory stock. It’s tidy and genuine but not pristine, there are some stone chips, the door skins have some light marks from other car doors, the nearside door mirror has some small, repaired, damage. The alloys have been refurbed but would need to be done again at some point.

 

I’d like to think it has some value, so make me an offer maybe? However I’d be happy if someone else could get enjoyment from a can that has brought me much enjoyment and many grin inducing drives over the years.

 

If you’re interested please reply to this message or DM me.

 

I think my garage will be OK to hold on to it for a week or so, possibly longer if someone is genuinely interested but beyond that I’ll have to let them dispose of it. Obviously it currently isn’t driveable so would need to be transported away.

 


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Posted 28 September 2018 - 10:15 AM

Hi Mark, when you say it's not drivable is that because it's losing to much oil or overheating or will it not start?


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Posted 01 October 2018 - 03:23 PM

It's spewing oil.

 

However, having said that it wasn't possible to fix in-situ, my garage have now come back to me and said that they believe that they can weld the crack without removing the engine. So we're going to do that and hope that everything else is solved.



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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:18 AM

Fingers crossed for you mate.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 08:04 AM

If it helps pulling the engine isn't that big a job, I've done it on my drive so in a garage with a ramp it would be less than two hours. The big job is changing the timing chain/ removing the heads. The timing chain is a work of art but getting everything timed and tensioned is a nightmare and the cam follower buckets all need to be set with feeler gauges so you actually end up doing it 3-4 times to get all the gaps right.


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#6 Steve 350

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 09:27 AM

Just read this and now feeling depressed - It's only have a story though - what happened next?



#7 Mark Syms

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 09:35 AM

Sorry guys, should have updated you earlier.

All fixed, crack welded up and oil pressure sender retapped and refitted. Running nicely but still early days so I'm a bit paranoid about everything.

It turned out that the root of the problem was that the bushes on the cooling fans were gunked up so the fans weren't running properly hence why it overheated. (Top tip everyone, check your fans work). My garage were stars, the fans are around £350 each which they didn't even both suggesting to me. Instead one of their techs had spent an evening watching YouTube videos on servicing the fans and then offered to strip and rebuild them.

So all in all Cambourne Vehicle Services in Bourn went above and beyond the call.
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#8 Steve 350

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 09:37 AM

Ahhhhhhh

 

I love a happy ending..

 

:unsure:


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#9 Paul_S

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Posted 06 January 2019 - 10:48 AM

Yes, great to hear it's fixed!

 

I'm sure Greg did a how-to about taking refurbishing the cooling fans...


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