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New engine or not to new engine, that is the question

 
Author ajroberts
Planning a blat
#1 | Posted: 27 Oct 2014 21:58 
So,
After my car took a pounding and cracked various parts of the engine (cylinder block, sump etc and already spending £450 on a new sump and fitting). I have been told that the cylinder block has a crack in it. So a weld or a new one on that plus fitting etc. Then it was going to get some work done by DVA in March (Upping for 140 ish BHP to 190).
So my question is do I keep the K series and fork out the money to get the new block and works (around £1.5K then the work by DVA £2-2.5k) so roughly 3.5 - 4K or do I put in the car a Duratec R, Zetec or Zetec r? What is the difference?
AJ

Author Eugene

Heading South
Male
#2 | Posted: 28 Oct 2014 09:50 
Edited 'cos I was very dumb!

Eugene
Le Presidente

Author Caterham Zetec
Driving through town
#3 | Posted: 28 Oct 2014 11:04 
Eugene:
The problem with a Zetec is the exhaust is on the other side...

No its not. Both the Zetec and K Series have the exhaust on the passenger side. Its the Duratec and Sigma that have the exhaust on the drivers side.

As for cost I have a 2 litre injected Zetec Blacktop in mine. Great engine. Totally reliable. About 175 bhp. Base engine was brand new for Raceline and after selling the bits I didn't want it stood me at about £500. Injection bits were about £2000. Fitting bits were probably another £1500. Total £4000 plus anything I have forgotten.

But to fit it in a K car you would also need a bellhousing (probably another £400 for an alloy one), a new prop (since the engine/gearbox is further forward in a Zetec car - same place as a x-flow) and a new bonnet.

Much as I love the Zetec I would say fix the K series.

Author Eugene

Heading South
Male
#4 | Posted: 28 Oct 2014 11:19 
Doh!

How dumb of me!!!

Eugene
Le Presidente

Author Hal

On driveway
#5 | Posted: 28 Oct 2014 18:32 
If you look around, on Seloc, BC and suchlike (eBay) you will probably find a decent tuned K 1800 for way less than you're talking about. I've known 200bhp+ K engines sell for under £3000 minus the exhaust but with a dry-sump.

That way you could simply stick it in, and sell your old K for bits.

Author Duncan
Planning a blat
#6 | Posted: 28 Oct 2014 21:40 
Sorry to hear you need a new engine

In my opinion, two things worth considering are:
1. The Zetec although a great engine does have an iron block so will weight more than a K series and
2. Generally speaking Caterhams are worth more in a standard(ish) form, so I suspect when you come to sell it will be worth more with the originally supplied type of engine in it.

Author Caterham Zetec
Driving through town
#7 | Posted: 29 Oct 2014 08:50 
Duncan:
The Zetec although a great engine does have an iron block so will weight more than a K series

That is true but in normal use you would never notice it.

Author Duncan
Planning a blat
#8 | Posted: 29 Oct 2014 14:04 
I'm sure you are correct, it is unlikely I'd notice a few pounds more over the front wheels.

Especially with 14 stone of me over the back ones

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