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    4.6 head gaskets and cam / lifters

    So I pulled the left head off Rupie to find a chunk of gasket missing between a cylinder and valley. Liners seems to be sitting where they should.

    Pulled off the other head and inspected the cam, which has a few slightly worn lobes.

    I have asked around a bit and the unanimous verdict is to assemble with studs, but the jury is out on type of head gasket or cam.

    There seems to be plenty of reasonably priced Elring gaskets around, which I've used in many European cars without issue, making them seem a natural choice. A specialist say they are too hard and the torque required to get a seal contributes to the cracked block problem. I can certainly see this being the case with bolts. What have people here had good luck with? I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on MLS gaskets.

    As for the cam - there seems to be much less choice than in the 3.5 days. Power was adequate as it was (but it had become very thirsty by the end), and I'm sure with fresh gaskets (it had been blowing a long time, as it turns out) and cam it'll be much better than before. Longevity is more of an issue - I see many cams being sold under the correct part number for prices which seem to be too good to be true - 50 quid or so. They are described as being OEM but no manufacturer is listed. Does anyone here have any feedback about them? Delphi lifters?


    Thanks!
    Davide

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpwdhc View Post
    So I pulled the left head off Rupie to find a chunk of gasket missing between a cylinder and valley. Liners seems to be sitting where they should.

    Pulled off the other head and inspected the cam, which has a few slightly worn lobes.

    I have asked around a bit and the unanimous verdict is to assemble with studs, but the jury is out on type of head gasket or cam.

    There seems to be plenty of reasonably priced Elring gaskets around, which I've used in many European cars without issue, making them seem a natural choice. A specialist say they are too hard and the torque required to get a seal contributes to the cracked block problem. I can certainly see this being the case with bolts. What have people here had good luck with? I don't want to spend several hundred dollars on MLS gaskets.

    As for the cam - there seems to be much less choice than in the 3.5 days. Power was adequate as it was (but it had become very thirsty by the end), and I'm sure with fresh gaskets (it had been blowing a long time, as it turns out) and cam it'll be much better than before. Longevity is more of an issue - I see many cams being sold under the correct part number for prices which seem to be too good to be true - 50 quid or so. They are described as being OEM but no manufacturer is listed. Does anyone here have any feedback about them? Delphi lifters?


    Thanks!
    Davide


    Hi Davide

    I recently went through the head gasket search and found overwhelming appreciation for the DuraPro brand gaskets ($400) and ARP head bolts. They compress better and are well suited to the [P38 4.6l] engine design according to P38 mechanics I trust and respect for their appreciation and respect for the truck itself. Not all RR mechanics are created equally and to me, a mechanic's opinion that is passionate about the particular model goes a very long way in helping to make decisions. The Dura Pro cost is close to double that of the Erling gaskets , which also do not seem like a particularly bad choice, but I went with the Dura Pro and made the quality and design of the gaskets my priority over cost efficiency. If cost is the centre most concern, than I suppose the Erling are the best choice for you. Whatever you decide, enjoy your rebuild project, kind regards

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    Hi

    ARP stud kit and Cometic MLS gasket all the way

    More reading here

    Head gaskets

    As for the Cam I seem to remember Crow made some or if you want to go OS UK has lots of choice

    Products - Piper Cams - Europe’s leading manufacturer of performance camshafts

    ERR 3720 Camshaft

    Steve
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    I fitted ARP studs and Cometic MLS gaskets. The cam was a modified RRC cam from Davis Performance Landys.

    i don't know how it's going as I sold the car 18 months ago.
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    studs and mls,, and 90lb,,
    glue the **** out of the valley gasket,,
    Kent H180 cam,, oh wait,, thats a thor number--
    "How long since you've visited The Good Oil?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pedro_The_Swift View Post
    studs and mls,, and 90lb,,
    glue the **** out of the valley gasket,,
    Kent H180 cam,, oh wait,, thats a thor number--
    Cams are the same it seems that one fits everything from a 3.5 to a 5.0 L

    Kent Cams - Product - Camshaft / Camshaft / H180

    Steve
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    MY99 4.6 HSE P38. LPG, Blenheim Sliver; "Voldemort" burnt to a cinder
    MY79 RR Classic, Gone, MY57 Series 1 SWB, Long gone
    P38 write ups and info on my website http://p38.hts.com.au/

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    Hi and thanks to everyone. I'm surprised by the mention of DuraPro actually... I presumed it was just a cheap Aussie aftermarket thing.

    I'm a mechanic, and this is my own car. I bought it on a whim and am surprised how much I've been taken by it - seems a common theme with these! I've had a long line of Rovers, but never a LR/RR and never a V8 beyond a 3.5 - the 4.6 seems a little more delicate. Cost wise, its likely the engine will be apart again, so I don't want to spend huge money on gaskets. The symptom was compression leakage on the left bank. Sadly removing the right head revealed a small crack in a liner. As there were no related symptoms, I'm going to put it together and hope it lasts another year (10,000km) while I source and rebuild another block. My workshop was destroyed in a fire some months back so for the moment I have quite limited tools and equipment, but need the car back on the road.

    Steve, do you have any experience with the ERRxxxx cams? A number of suppliers sell them for a price which seems too good to be true. Just worried they might be made of butter.





    Quote Originally Posted by GMichaelHall View Post
    Hi Davide

    I recently went through the head gasket search and found overwhelming appreciation for the DuraPro brand gaskets ($400) and ARP head bolts. They compress better and are well suited to the [P38 4.6l] engine design according to P38 mechanics I trust and respect for their appreciation and respect for the truck itself. Not all RR mechanics are created equally and to me, a mechanic's opinion that is passionate about the particular model goes a very long way in helping to make decisions. The Dura Pro cost is close to double that of the Erling gaskets , which also do not seem like a particularly bad choice, but I went with the Dura Pro and made the quality and design of the gaskets my priority over cost efficiency. If cost is the centre most concern, than I suppose the Erling are the best choice for you. Whatever you decide, enjoy your rebuild project, kind regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpwdhc View Post
    Hi and thanks to everyone. I'm surprised by the mention of DuraPro actually... I presumed it was just a cheap Aussie aftermarket thing.

    I'm a mechanic, and this is my own car. I bought it on a whim and am surprised how much I've been taken by it - seems a common theme with these! I've had a long line of Rovers, but never a LR/RR and never a V8 beyond a 3.5 - the 4.6 seems a little more delicate. Cost wise, its likely the engine will be apart again, so I don't want to spend huge money on gaskets. The symptom was compression leakage on the left bank. Sadly removing the right head revealed a small crack in a liner. As there were no related symptoms, I'm going to put it together and hope it lasts another year (10,000km) while I source and rebuild another block. My workshop was destroyed in a fire some months back so for the moment I have quite limited tools and equipment, but need the car back on the road.

    Steve, do you have any experience with the ERRxxxx cams? A number of suppliers sell them for a price which seems too good to be true. Just worried they might be made of butter.
    Mate

    I had a quick look and the only ERRxxxx ones I could see were britpart .. otherwise known as ****part !

    If you need to get the car back on the road then one of those should last at least 10,000 KM

    I would not put a britpart one in my rebuilt engine however

    Good luck
    Steve
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    MY99 4.6 HSE P38. LPG, Blenheim Sliver; "Voldemort" burnt to a cinder
    MY79 RR Classic, Gone, MY57 Series 1 SWB, Long gone
    P38 write ups and info on my website http://p38.hts.com.au/

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    I wouldnt spend more than a set of gaskets on a 4.6 rebuild unless you top hat it,,
    it will just end in tears otherwise,,
    "How long since you've visited The Good Oil?"

    '93 V8 Rossi
    '97 to '07. sold.
    '01 V8 D2
    '06 to 10. written off.
    '03 4.6 V8 HSE D2a with Tornado ECM
    '10 to ???
    Its a gas gas gas Tug?


    Golf GTX Tourer MKIII 19' of Heaven


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    If the existing cam is usable, maybe just stick with that until the full rebuild?

    Steve
    MY96 4.6 HSE P38. Niagara Grey; "The Phoenix"
    MY99 4.6 HSE P38. LPG, Blenheim Sliver; "Voldemort" burnt to a cinder
    MY79 RR Classic, Gone, MY57 Series 1 SWB, Long gone
    P38 write ups and info on my website http://p38.hts.com.au/

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