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Old July 14th, 2015, 07:46 AM
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minor difference in the casting. The later one has smaller coolant passages. Makes no difference as the head gasket deliberately restricts flow.

If anything, the one with smaller holes is probably better as there is more metal there.
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Old July 14th, 2015, 08:09 AM
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Wow, thanks for sharing. Even at 35km's there's no grace. It's important, IMO, that when experiences like this are shared in public it helps keep overall prices in check. When you think about it 20+year old engine swaps @ $10k a pop is no joke.
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Finally took the head off and had it tested (will post photos later) and it is cracked somewhere internally, it allows coolant in the exhaust. Mainly when the engine is off water enters the cylinder No3. Fortunately damage is minimal.
Perfect example of the fragility of the 200TDI head.
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Ok, got that other head, seemed in very good condition even though I only paid €320.00 for it, got it tested was good, planed it & re-seated the valves, drilled the small water passages to 9mm because the climate here is hot, installed it, changed the oil, cleaned the injectors preventatively, GOOD TO GO. Water pressure and temp normal, Runs perfectly again!
For how long? I wonder!

THANKS OVERYONE FOR THE SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE!!!
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Good to hear it all worked out.

Where did you get the head from?
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Old July 21st, 2015, 05:23 PM
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Hey Scott,
Over the years I've known garages who have been servicing Land Rovers but not exclusively. I just started calling around and found this one and one more reconditioned and quite more expensive; €1.000. I chose to take my chances with this one. It had just been laying around at this garage for a while, I don't know how it ended up there and for what reason it came off the engine it belonged to but didn't much care since a visual check and pressure testing would reveal any issues and prove worthiness. The agreement was that I could return it within 10 days if it tested unworthy.
I figure that I saved ~€400 over the reconditioned one plus more confidence as I got to see and inspect it before the machining work which was done by a shop I trust & got to watch the whole process.
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Old July 23rd, 2015, 05:18 PM
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Turner is a very reliable source for heads should you need to go down that road again.

Turner Engineering - Remanufacturer of Land Rover Engines and supplier of Land Rover engine parts
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