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Old 26-10-10, 03:26 PM
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A manufacturer sold me faulty cylinder head gaskets and I have been unfailry treated !
It looks they had been manufactured in 1989

Detailed photos here

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I informed the manufacturer in 2009
I thought on the precautionary principle it should have informed the dozens of clients(the number is coming directly from the manufacturer)
who bought or had this gasket installed on their car
The manufacturer wrote me that I am the only one to complaint about it !

Is it an appropriate answer when you are informed of important problem that may cause important damage to the engine ?

I have contacted Consumer Direct in the UK and they wrote me consumers have 6 years to make a claim .

To the honnorable sarcastic members of this forum :
I just want to remind you that most of the respectable Car Manufacturers have recalled thousands of cars on the precautionary principle .
Please don't loose your time to say you are happy with your car .

We are talking about goods that are NOT satisfactory for their particular purpose
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Old 26-10-10, 04:25 PM
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When we purchase parts for our (over 45 year old engines) we must be aware that the parts must be checked before fitting. I have been in the motor trade for over 40 years, and one rule that should always be followed is to check the new gasket with the old.
If this had been done before the head was fitted the problem could have been cured before fitting, either by contacting the gasket manufacturer or simply punching a new hole.
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I agree with you in checking parts, and yes I would have punched a new
hole. The engine function may not necessarily overheat even with a plugged
hole.
However Eric is correct, that the reply given, that he was the only one to
complain, is totally inappropriate. It is a feeble attempt to shift the
blame to the customer and is rude and unacceptable.
Dorien Berteletti
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When we purchase parts for our (over 45 year old engines) we must be aware that the parts must be checked before fitting. I have been in the motor trade for over 40 years, and one rule that should always be followed is to check the new gasket with the old.
If this had been done before the head was fitted the problem could have been cured before fitting, either by contacting the gasket manufacturer or simply punching a new hole.
Roger.
I agree with you
The problem is that this manufacture wrote that dozens of cars are RUNNING with the faulty gasket fitted as it !
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Old 26-10-10, 05:25 PM
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The reason for my replying to this post was to say that the onus must lay with the engine builder and not the manufacturer of the gasket.
These gaskets are most likely made by "men in sheds" not computerized robots,
so once again check against the old gasket rather than blindly fitting it.
As for the manufacturer telling you that no one else has complained could well have been true as a competent and professional engineer would have checked old against new.
Do you not agree that the engine builder is at least partly to blame?
Roger
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Eric,
This gasket looks well made and its age (unused) is irrelevant.
It presumably fits other engines, where that one hole is not required.
This is no longer amusing.
In my opinion you are a complete nutter.
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Roger,
I am not sure if your reply is to Eric or me. I agree that the engine
builder may have some blame. However you write
a competent and professional engineer would have checked old against new

Presumably when the "man in the shed" delivered the faulty gaskets "a
competent and professional engineer at Bristol would have checked old
against new" but maybe he was off on his tea break!! LOL

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Dorien
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CODE OF PRACTICE ON VEHICLE SAFETY DEFECTS
This Code concerns cases where manufacturers, concessionaires or official/independent importers become aware of the existence of safety defects (as defined below) in units that are available for supply in the UK.
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• the nature of the defect and estimated number of units involved;
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On the Bristol Cars web site it says:
"Bristol Cars have 98% of the original
machine parts drawings from the 1940's on.
If you require a part specially made
to original tolerances,
please ask and we will look into it."

I took this to mean that the parts would be accurate to the original drawings.

But after looking at that head gasket maybe it means if you require a part to original tolerances then it will need to be specially made

If a car manufacturer knowingly sold me a head gasket that had a cooling hole missing I would be pretty upset.

Bristol themselves could have punched the extra hole required before they sold the gasket - it should not be up to the customer to discover that there's a hole missing and punch it themselves!
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Right you are Kevin, and if after being upset you were told you were the
only customer to complain, your upset may raise to the poetic levels
described by Jim in Oregon.

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Kevin
I recently fitted a head gasket set to a Cadillac that had one of the holes from the original design deleted and a note in the kit or the gasket manufacturers website,, I don't remember which, as to why that had been done. The car runs perfectly and does not overheat. The modification was to improve the water circulating characteristics of the engine so it isn't always safe to assume just because it isn't original it isn't right. Didn't I see some comments recently on cooling system mods on this site? If I did can you point me in the right direction as I have just bought a reconditioned 2 Litre engine from BCL and when installed in my 403 my aim is to return the car to normal every day use hence my interest in anything that will make the car practical in every day traffic without spoiling the essential character of the car, all ideas and suggestions welcome, except buying a V8 as I already have two of those on the road!!
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Old 27-10-10, 06:34 AM
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This sounds like the gaskets which can be obtained from the German BMW
club, they are of good quality, however, on their 328 engines they do not have
a small hole near the rear of the block as the later Bristol engines do. I
have one of these gaskets in my engine which I modified first by putting in
the hole, and am pleased to say that I have had no problem for several
years of running with it.
It is becoming more difficult to source good parts for our engines so one
has to take the best which is available even if it requires a little
modification, after all we need to keep the cars on the road.
My regards,
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Old 27-10-10, 08:15 AM
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This sounds like the gaskets which can be obtained from the German BMW
club, they are of good quality, however, on their 328 engines they do not have
a small hole near the rear of the block as the later Bristol engines do.
Bellerophon
Bellerophon ,
It's very interesting to know that the BMW has not this hole
As far as I remember something in German was written on the packaging . I still have it .
This can mean this manufacturer is selling BMW cylinder head gaskets ?

If it's that case , don't you think it is their responsability to controll the compatibility with the BMW parts .
They are supposed to have the knowledge .
When I order parts I always inform the seller about the model , chassis & engine number .
The part manager who sold me those gasket has a serious experience and did not know his gasket had a hole missing .

This is on this basis that one year later I have been told that I am the only one in the world to complaint .
Is it normal that I need to go to the Court to get replacement parts ?
This gasket cost more than £160 + P&P

This is not an appropriate answer
When a manufacturer is informed about a problem I think it should to all its best
1. to quantify how many of faulty parts had been sold or installed by its service
2. to inform their client about the problem
3. to remedy

BMW , Ferrari , Rolls-Royce , Toyota , Mercedes......... recall cars for less important problem

Nobody is perfect but when you know a problem solve it asap

This is not so easy to punch a hole in such type of gasket .
The steel layer is very strong and the location of the hole is very close to the combustion chamber strapping
There is a real risk to destroy the gasket and I think you immediately loose your primary guarantee
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If you know what you are doing it is quite easy to put a hole in the gasket
without destroying it!
The easy way is to mark the position carefully and put in a small hole with
a drill, check that this lines up with the block or head and them use a
small hand tool such as a Dremil with a small grinding wheel and enlarge the
hole until you have a perfect match. If you are not exactly in line it is
possible to pull the hole into line with this method, however, a punch
unless it is very sharp is not the best thing to use.

If you have a problem there is always someone on here who has had the
problem before or knows how to fix it, so all you have to do is ask, and
hopefully you will receive an answer.
My regards,
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Kevin
I recently fitted a head gasket set to a Cadillac that had one of the holes from the original design deleted and a note in the kit or the gasket manufacturers website,, I don't remember which, as to why that had been done.
I suspect had Eric been told that gasket he bought was different and that the hole had been deleted from the design then he might not have been so upset.

But to knowingly sell someone a gasket that is not correct and not mention it is both careless and irresponsible.

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Didn't I see some comments recently on cooling system mods on this site?
Bellerophon mentioned quite a long time ago that he fitted an oil cooler to his 6 cyl Bristol (401?). I think the other cooling mods mentioned were in relation to V8 cars.

Try a forum search using the term "cooling"

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Hi Eric,
You paid not much for Your head gasket. Head gaskets for the Bristol 400 are
on Sale on german Ebay for 324 Euros.
Have a good look at the picture.
Good luck
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Well well...324 Euros and on sale! I typically pay about $120 for a custom
made head gasket and the price does not vary much regardless of the car.
Obviously 6 cylinder engines, so the amount of material and work is
similar.
Perhaps the price is geared to the BMW / Bristol collector and the perceived
wallet thickness!

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Correct, and I have done exactly that when having to enlarge stud holes.
There have been times when I have needed to go to a larger size stud, yet
I still had headgskets with the smaller holes.
Dorien
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Head gaskets for the Bristol 400 are
on Sale on german Ebay for 324 Euros
bristolblue
Thank you for infomration Bristolblue

I noticed that the Bristol 400 cylinder head gasket has the hole for cooling the 6 th hemispherical chamber and seems to be suitable for a 404 Bristol engine
I can imagine for all 2L Bristol engine ???

This also means there is probably ONLY ONE model of gasket for all the 2 Liter Bristol engine

In this case , it is less acceptable to get from a well knowed supplier a faulty goods
And two time more inacceptable when you inform the supplier about the problem he answer I am the only one in the world who complaint about the problem !

Is it normal or acceptable that noone have been informed ?

They should have contacted all clients and give them the opportunity to changed it ( normal recall )
With a detailed description of the problem and SERIOUS analysis of the situation that this may cause or not,. Each client could have made his own opinion and decided to keep the situation as it or change it under guarantee

With my limited experience in rally , I know well that overheating is a matter that concern all oldtmier owners

And to cut a long story short , simply think why in 1936 the BMW had no hole and why after improvement of the engine , engineers had decided to make this modification to increase the water flow ?

Maybe some of you are more clever than the people who made this engine and all its modifications

I have a tendency to say they knew why they did it

Attached the photo of the packaging showing it is made in Germany and maybe for BMW engine ?????
Note that I have not bought the cylinder head gasket in Germany but directly in England for 167,43 GBP + 22,91 for P&P
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Eric,
In my opinion you are a complete nutter.
Dear Rubbond , are you Antony Steevenson from the Bristol Cars Ltd who wrote me a registered letter november 11 , 2010 ?
What is your position in the Bristol Cars Ltd ?
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