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Old September 28th, 2009, 04:55 AM
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Sad day in the junk yard

So today I walk into my local rite-aid and run into my friend who has a disco1 and he says that yesterday he saw 4 discos and 3 rangies at the Sunvalley U pick a part. I get an instant boner and rush over there an hour before they close excited to finally see some rovers at a U-pick a part (first time for me ever seeing a rover there) So after a few minutes of looking, I finally see them. All the Discos and rangies were OBDII which meant no Disco Cold Start chip for me to horde onto I keep walking and I see a P38A Rangie with a 4.6 nearly intact. Amazing I thought to myself. I open the hood and theres Orange spray paint on the manifolds and plenum. Then I see it, a green sticker that says this vehicle was a part of a federal program that requires the engine be permanently disabled with sodium silica (liquid glass) On the outside, the motor was exceptionally clean except for the computer to be gone. I even noticed they spilled some of the glass mixture onto the upper hose where it dried. I push on it with my finger and sure enough it cracks just like glass but not as sharp. I think to myself what a waste of a perfectly good 4.6. I'm curious if dissassembled and cleaned, can you re-use the pistons, rods and crank in a good used block? Anyway, the rest had the same stickers except for this one early RRC 3.5. The computer was still there underneath the passenger seat, amazing. When i got home all I could think about was that 4.6 block. Barack Hussein Obama's smiling face should of been on that sticker as well. Anyway I still feel sad and kinda mad about it.


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Old September 28th, 2009, 10:02 AM
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Somewhat related, A friend runs a BMW dealership service desk and was telling me about the engine wrecking they were doing. The vehicle that ran the longest with the glass in it was a D1, he said they could not believe it it ran for half an hour! Loose tolerances I guess?
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Old September 28th, 2009, 10:41 AM
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Old September 28th, 2009, 12:08 PM
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... I think to myself what a waste of a perfectly good 4.6... When I got home all I could think about was that 4.6 block. Barack Hussein Obama's smiling face should of been on that sticker as well. Anyway I still feel sad and kinda mad about it. Neil
Sounds like a perfectly normal response to a sad event.

But; didn't you have the foresight a couple of years ago to snag 1 or 2 new 4.6 short blocks from Brit Pacific?
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Old September 28th, 2009, 12:51 PM
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Sounds like a perfectly normal response to a sad event.

But; didn't you have the foresight a couple of years ago to snag 1 or 2 new 4.6 short blocks from Brit Pacific?
Yep thank goodness I did. I picked up a 4.0 and a 4.6 crate and are still in my living room. Also have a good used 4.0 I took apart for informational purposes. I think I'm going to go back and get that timing cover off that Range Rover Classic 3.5. I figure I could get stuff like that as well as intake and exhaust manifolds/pulleys to make my install next time a lot easier with that stuff ready to go. That 4.6 block was clean, I bet it had less than 100,000 miles. It still had its leather seats in there and they look really good, someone who needs them should snag them up. As most people who go to U pick a part don't own rangies and discos too often which is why those cars are still intact there.
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Old September 28th, 2009, 05:12 PM
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Somewhat related, A friend runs a BMW dealership service desk and was telling me about the engine wrecking they were doing. The vehicle that ran the longest with the glass in it was a D1, he said they could not believe it it ran for half an hour! Loose tolerances I guess?

The guys in our shop are having a blast with this also.....It's not everyday you come into work to blow/lock an engine up.

We had a couple of 4.OL I-6 Jeep engines that ran much longer then they should have also. I need to ask and see how long the 2 Dicos we had ran.....
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D1's amd RRC were rolling into scrapyard before C4Clunckers
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Old September 28th, 2009, 11:18 PM
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Maybe I'll head over tomorrow to see what I can salvage for use on my truck. How were the seats and interior?

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D1's amd RRC were rolling into scrapyard before C4Clunckers
Not too many in California. In fact I cant recall ever seeing a rover in a pick-a-part yard in So Cal.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 12:40 AM
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Not too many in California.
People tend to keep their cars longer on the west coast and midwest as opposed to the norhteast

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In fact I cant recall ever seeing a rover in a pick-a-part yard in So Cal.
I said scrapyard as in crusher and shredder. not a pick a part yard. (not trying to be mean, a misinterpretation is all)
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