Over the last couple of weeks the taxi has lived at Maxx Performance where the boys have yanked out the old motor to try and figure out exactly went wrong. Something has caused cylinder number four to melt and weaken to the point where it has detached from the rod which has then sent the rod smashing through the block.
That has created a two-inch diameter hole in either side of the block, which is where the oil came from. The sump was unharmed so we’ll be able to reuse that on the new engine but the rest of it is toast.
So what’s next? We could have gone to a built motor but that’s probably overkill for what we want to achieve and very expensive, so we picked up another wrecking yard LPG Barra motor but this time it’s a fairly low kilometre FG version. The old engine had around 370,000kms on it, this one is around the 130,000 mark so it’s basically brand new.
We’re going to toughen it up with a set of head studs and a brand new set of Plazmaman valve springs before we transfer the rest of the setup across onto it before we try continue our quest for tens on LPG.