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MacWarrior

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Major engine failure on way to our planned 2 week tour of Scotland. RAC recovered and transported back home while we hired another van and continued our holiday. Our trusted garage has advised we will need a new engine which is a bit of a blow.

I’m looking for advice about where to source a new engine from and any not too expensive upgrades to increase power a bit at the same time.

Much appreciated.
 
You can try Abel Atafonso or Hector Howe, both have good reputations on here.
But beware a new upgraded engine is £5k minimum.
100% Hector Howe, not only is he a close friend of mine but he’s also a top notch engine builder. I’ve fitted many of his engines to various vw’s, all flawless including the 2276cc nitrous engine in my own bus and I’ve recently fitted a tuned up 1600 into my girlfriend beetle.

If hector is busy then another builder I’d recommend is Paul Bate in Southend (flatfourperformance)
 
Major engine failure on way to our planned 2 week tour of Scotland. RAC recovered and transported back home while we hired another van and continued our holiday. Our trusted garage has advised we will need a new engine which is a bit of a blow.

I’m looking for advice about where to source a new engine from and any not too expensive upgrades to increase power a bit at the same time.

Much appreciated.
I'd get a second opinion on the engine as it may not be a total loss, who is your trusted garage?
Is it you that broke down near Lancaster?
 
I built a 1776 once and on its maiden voyage, my cast counter balanced crank snapped and destroyed the engine. It happened after just starting the engine after a short pub lunch.
Problem turned out to be that the crank had been dropped and hence had a micro crack. It took a year but eventually the place where I bought the bits from send me a full crate of replacement parts.
 
I built a 1776 once and on its maiden voyage, my cast counter balanced crank snapped and destroyed the engine. It happened after just starting the engine after a short pub lunch.
Problem turned out to be that the crank had been dropped and hence had a micro crack. It took a year but eventually the place where I bought the bits from send me a full crate of replacement parts.
Thanks for everyone’s advice. Now back from holiday and will source a new engine. The trashed engine is old and I know was rebuilt at least once by the previous owner over 14 years ago, so can’t complain too much.

Cheers
 
I built a 1776 once and on its maiden voyage, my cast counter balanced crank snapped and destroyed the engine. It happened after just starting the engine after a short pub lunch.
Problem turned out to be that the crank had been dropped and hence had a micro crack. It took a year but eventually the place where I bought the bits from send me a full crate of replacement parts.

It was my impression that crankshafts & connecting-rods were forged rather than cast, owing to the high cyclic stresses they had to endure!?!
 
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