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Some sad news. Took the car to European Motors my trusted Indie b/c after I resealed my camshaft cover and took it for a test drive it started pouring oil out of the rear camshaft seals. (Yes I replaced them when I resealed the camshaft cover) So in fustration I took it to my indie who resealed the camshaft cover and rear cam seals. The shop took if for a test drive and the car promptly blew out the rear cam seals again. wondering where all the crankcase pressure was coming from they did a compression / leak down test and the results were not good here they are:<br>125 psi -18% 120psi -25% 120psi -20% 125psi -15% 115psi -15%<br>The numbers are horribly low and I just replaced the PCV system! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> My choices are drop almost 4 grand to get the forged pistons / connecting rods that I want and get the engine built or dump the car. Any input is appreciated
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

That is inline with the theme of what we are doing with Project T5 - do you keep her or let her go. So you drop $5k into your S70 and drive it for another 50k miles, with hopefully just a few hundred more bucks here and there over that time frame.<p>Its probably not worth more than $500-1000 as a shell and $3-5k with a solid motor. But what is it worth to you? Could you find something else for $5k and know as much about it as you do about your S70? Are you just tired of the repairs and want to thrown in the towel?<p>Its an emotional decision to keep it or let it go. As my intro article to Project T5 eluded, it comes down to your personality type and if you've had enough repairs. Financially, its probably the least expensive route vs a new car or slightly used car that has low enough miles to give you peace of mind for the next few years.<p>At the end of the day - you know what you have and have into the S70. You also know what you don't have. The $5k for a motor would be a nice down payment on a new car, especially with the incentives available. That same $5k can keep your baby going a few more years, is she worth it? <p>Can I be first in line for your Dynaudio speakers? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe ([email protected])

That is the Dilema. I love the car. And I added up the receipts so far. two years ago I bought the car for 8K. SInce then I have redone the suspension, brakes, stereo, and purchased (and redone) BBS Tritons. So far total invest is over 14k! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> What's another 4k when your this far in? I could recoup more than 5-6k if I sold it. So for everything else there is Mastercard <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

Hey Chris,<br>How do I go about getting my car "Swedespeed project car" status and funding dollars diverted? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

Sorry to hear about this. I would imagine you could find an engine for less than 4 grand so the extra dollars you are spending for the built motor are really to not just replace what you have but to improve it. <p>If everything else has been kept current on the car and you still like it, I would probably side with fixing the one you have. Sure, the car isn't going to be worth a lot more than it is right now after you put a new motor in it, but then that new car will depreciate at least the cost of your motor (probably more) as soon as you drive it off the lot.
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (Wayne T5)

It doesn't sound like you are giving due consideration to the improved performance and fun factor once the new built motor is in.
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (pelicanflyt)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>pelicanflyt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It doesn't sound like you are giving due consideration to the improved performance and fun factor once the new built motor is in. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>I will give due consideration to the fun factor once I get over the cost factor <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

I say keep it. Looking at what you have put into her, you will have a hard time finding a replacement with such mods.<p>I guess you could swap your mods, but that would take time and maybe have other issues. <p>You know what you have, you love your ride, and now you will get a hotter motor, oh yeah I'd keep it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

Drop another $2k on OEM front seat covers and give your interior a refresh <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

you should try and dump terra clean in the cylinders to try and realese the rings i have saved engines with this product before
 

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BMW is offering a new 2009 328i AT for $419/mo (x 24 = $10,056) plus $4744 cash due at signing = $14,800.<p>But would you have had as much fun? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Plus, you own the car.
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

<B>SEAFOAM </B>the engine first.<br>For $9.00 what have you got to lose? It could make it nearly all new again!
 

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If you can't justify the money right now, you can always just throw a used stock block in it for like $500 or whatever. <p>But yeah on projects like this you can't ever justify the actual costs in terms of "value" of the car, you only do it because you want to and choose to, in SPITE of the financial return. <p>This is what it is to be a car guy.
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (JRL)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><B>SEAFOAM </B>the engine first.<br>For $9.00 what have you got to lose? It could make it nearly all new again!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I forgot about seafoam, good call JRL, always on top of the shiat!
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (850arrrsaylikepirate)

Deed is being done. I was planning on doing it anyway (next year though) so I guess this gave me the excuse I needed. By Friday the engine will be out with the head and pan off so I wii know the root cause for the low compression. I will keep you all posted.
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

Nice to hear you decided to keep it.<p>Please don't change your mind (or run over yourself <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ), and put it up for sale for $15K in a few months! <p>Those ads do provide a lot (2 words! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ) of <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> , though!
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (Taleof2Bricks2)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Taleof2Bricks2</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Nice to hear you decided to keep it.<p>Please don't change your mind (or run over yourself <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> ), and put it up for sale for $15K in a few months! <p>Those ads do provide a lot (2 words! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ) of <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> , though!</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I think Hussein is hoping his wife forgives the car and lets him keep it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>My fear is that I will get into a wreck the moment I pull away from the shop. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

If you decide to rebuilt the engine with forged pistons etc, please post what parts you ended up using for your build. <p>Thanks.
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (PM)

Time to resurrect this topic and give you all the exciting update - i get my baby back from the engine shop Monday!!!! This process has been long and aggravating at times, but after 16 weeks is finally coming to an end. Over the next week I will be summarizing costs, content and my personal nail biting experiences. Now for some crappy cell phone pics. <br><IMG SRC="http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm37/heavyiron1978/Mys70.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i292.photobucket.com/albums/mm37/heavyiron1978/myS70-2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Everyone has been asking so what"s different about your build? Well, not too much except I do not know of very many people willing to try 25 +psi on a 19t which maxes out the volumetric charts. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> I can't wait!!!!!!
 

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Re: Time for a new engine -maybe (heavyiron)

Glad you kept it. Makes me fell better knowing that I'm not the only one that decided to drop more money on an older car and stay debt free. Do yourself a favor and don't add up the receipts. You'll save yourself a headache and the desire to trade the car in. I made the mistake of doing the math and was shocked that with only being 8 months into the year I've already spend 8K. Last year was close to 5K. I know for a fact that I've spent the same amount on repairs/maintenance in the last 12 years as I did when I originally bought it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> But its been a good ride and never let me down. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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