Ok I have put this in the chat area as I am just throwing some thoughts out there and don't want to get shot down in flames. Which when looking at the title many of you will say you should never cut costs when rebuilding an engine
Anyway, I am costing up my options to upgrade my 1982 HLE 1000 which I refurbished in the project link below. I never got around to lifting the engine and dropping the front subframe and want to do this now.
To compliment the engine I am also going to tidy up the engine compartment and do a 7.5 Drum to Disc Brake conversion.
I have costed near enough everything up and it comes to just over £2500, but what I am trying to do now is see where I can cut / reduce any costs, by either omitting something or doing it later (without having to lift the engine maybe) after the build is completed and the car is on the road again.
Possible reductions I am considering or after fits that I could get away are:
1. Re-using the old clutch from the 1275 (Not the best option) (my 998 needs replacing I believe as it jumps at the top of the bite).
2. Electronic Ignition - Easy later upgrade but would impact the engines performance
3. Radiator and Hoses on the 998 option as my original 998 Radiator whilst a little battered would be inappropriate for the 1275 but what about a higher performance 1079 / 1098?
Build Options are:
1. My 998 bored to 1079 with a 12G295 head (which I have but is missing rockers)
2. My 998 bored to 1098 12G295 as above (good SH 1098 crank inbound)
3 1275 prob bored to 1293 (I have a salvaged early MG Metro A+ 1275 that's done about 50k all bores are good but one has some slight rust damage from having coolant sitting on top of the piston (may remove with a hone?)
My costings for the above are as follows:
5. Re-Face Block
6. Crank Re-Grind
7. Cylinder Head Refurb
8. Flywheel / Clutch Balancing
9. BP255 Cam
10. Cam Followers
11. Cam Chain
12. Oil Pump
14. AP Rated Clutch Kit
15. 3.1 FD Crown Wheel and Pinion
16. Electronic Ignition
17. New Aluminium Radiator
18. Radiator Hoses
19. Engine Gasket Set
20. Gearbox Gasket Set
21. Cylinder Studs
22. Engine Build Lube
23. Zinc Plating Existing Nuts, Bolts and Brackets
24. Engine Enamel Paint
Sub Total £1935
Stage One and Disc Conversion
Grand Total £2535
I am sure there will be other costs over and above the above such as paint, brake hoses etc. I also have not included the cost of sintered rockers for the 12G295.
I have a HIF 38 and 44 but was considering dual SUs.
I am also unsure of which choice, small bore or large bore (don't reply to that because I have already asked this question several times and the results always sway towards large bore (bang for the buck).
Your thoughts / advice would be most welcomed