Freelander 1.8 Coolant System Proper Job
I've picked up a very cheap 2000 Freelander 1.8 with a very leaky coolant system. Since it's for the wife to drive, I want to make sure I've done all I can to avoid problems down the line while she's ab-using it!
So far I've changed all the filters, all the ignition system, new MG/Rover water pump, tensioner and belts. New thermostat - it had the external/ in the hose type already fitted. The timing marks seemed all over the place so had the head off and found it had been skimmed to within .0001 inch of its life. So, a replacement head is off to the machinists for checking/ light skim and pressure test. I've also got an alloy inlet and 52mm throttle body coming - not particularly for any performance increase, more to avoid potential trouble from the plastic intake and its rubber gasket leaking in the future.
Once it's all back together I'll do a coolant flush and change the header tank and cap too.
Is there anything else I should be thinking of doing whilst the engine is in bits?
I was going to go with the MLG from Classic Gaskets on Ebay (new head bolts etc. etc.) but am now wondering if the Payen BW gasket is a safer bet? One local 'specialist' suggested that it'll withstand a couple of overheats as opposed to the MLG breaking up the first time it happens.
The 'new' head was from a low mileage later model, so I'll need to change the cams over to drive my distributor. Should I keep the original to the car cam carrier with its cams, or keep the replacement carrier with the replacement head?
I know that I should use the original injectors rather than the VVC/ 135 spec ones.
Any thoughts appreciated.