Thread: RIP John Haynes
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 10:41
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Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: UK
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When I was based in Toulouse, my Rover 214 overheated in the heat and blew its head gasket.

I put the car in the barn next to the house in which I rented a room, and stripped the engine down. Bit of an involved job, owing to the double overhead cam.

I will never forget my French landlady’s expression of horror and the look on her face when she came in to see what I was doing. I had the head off by then and both manifolds and all the ancilliaries etc, etc so just the bottom of the engine remained. “Oh my god, what ‘ave you done ??!” she shrieked. Don’t worry says I, I have rebuilt engines many times.

A day later, I had the engine rebuilt and good as (nearly) new.

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