After replacing the head gasket - I took the car for a track day. Unfortunately, midway through the day some smoke started to appear from the catch tank. So, suspecting that it is the bottom end issue â€“ done compression test at home. One of the cylinders was showing only 60psi.
Head off to find a melted piston and piston to valve contact.
Investigating it further â€“ this happened due to the cylinder head been skimmed too much.
Inspected the cylinder bock to find a lot of bore wear and some cracks around cylinder head bolt hols. So, decision was to bin this block and get a standard engine to make the car usable again.
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