Money Well Spent
Brothers of The Benz
Discussing the 103983 engine;
How many times can the cylinder head be rebuilt to a lower end rebuild.
From all that we read, the lower end doesn't really show wear at 200,000 miles if maintained properly.
I've got my fingers crossed hoping to get the 200,000 miles on the top side.
What became of the old reliable dry/wet compression tests? This always identified the seperation between the piston rings and the valves.
As Larry has noted, the weak link is the cylinderhead. This isn't just for this engine but all spark ignition engines, so anything that can be done to take care of it is well worth the time and expence.
The most damaging item to the lower end is an uneven force produced by pressures from uneven cylinders. This unbalance has damaging effect on the transmission as well.
Larry's $0.02 is well received, and I'll give him some change.
Happy Trails Beep Beep from The Spiderman in Houston!!!