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#1 conlad


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:05 PM

Hello TMF!

Dads wondering what ball park price he should be paying to get the piston rings replaced?

I understand its an engine out jobby so if its the same cost as a 1275 then an engine change is on the cards possibly...


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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:08 PM

Well, average charge from a garage is 65 per hour, I dont know the book time for a mini engine removal, but it must be a few hours. Another couple to strip the engine and then I'd say 4/5 to rebuild and install.

If day 800-900 all in?? Just an educated guess but:)

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:22 PM

Do it yourself. A set of new rings is c.£50 and a bore hone is about £50 also.

It's true to say that if you own a classic car you need to be either well-off or able to do virtually all the on-going regular restoration & repair work yourself.

To remove a Mini engine, strip it from the gearbox, strip the block down for honing, re-build it all and re-install is around 15 hours at whatever a garage will charge, say £40 to £65 per hour depending on where you go.

So if you can't do it yourself allow between £750 and £1100 including parts, gaskets, oil, etc.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:26 PM

why dont you do it con?

Edited by ToM 2012, 19 June 2013 - 06:26 PM.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:31 PM

As above. Dont pay a garage to do all the work. At the very least take the engine out yourself. Problem is, when you get the bores honed you may as well get new main bearings and cam bearings at the same time. Then you have a fresh engine. New clutch while its apart too. Much better option than buying an unknown engine and potentially having to do it all anyway,
after spending loads of time and money on a replacement 1275.

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 06:35 PM

Some big figures here which is understandable!


Tom I could do a head gasket and most other jobs but I'll leave this to a pro ;)

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Posted 19 June 2013 - 10:09 PM

I think you'd be surprised how far you might get matey. I thought it would all be beyond me when I needed to remove strip and rebuild my mpi.
Some mates helped with removal, I spent a few weeks stripping it and cleaning everything, then handed it over to an engine shop. They did £60 of work honing and facing the block, then another £60 for a crank regrind. A short engine build (everything except the gearbox and cylinder head) came in at £100 as everything was ready for them. All I've had to do is reunite it with the gearbox. I need to do the cylinder head and flywheel now and then it can go back in.

For me, removal and replacement of the engine were the biggest hurdles, but you never know who might've able to help if you ask around.

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