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half /emo/, half /mph/, half /101/
New purchase had milky oil, so I whipped the head to to have a look.
It's a notoriously shit engine, so I'm not surprised really, but I was hoping it was just a head gasket job, not a nuke it from orbit one.
It's a little agricultural thing, choices are:
a) bin it / stick it on ebay as is / put a match to it and claim on insurance
b) $700 gets me a conversion kit to stick a 23hp Briggs & Stratton in, so it's a modern air-cooled v-twin, but keeping the (notoriously fragile) powertrain, which is a belt-driven torque converter and 4WD with diffs that can't really take it.
c) £1000 gets a new head, but I really don't like the idea of running that cylinder. Could get it bored out, I guess, but it's a massive investment in a shit engine.
d) electrify it, ditching the engine and drivetrain. I don't need to get more than an hour out of the battery, and 20kW peak, 5kW sustained would be ample.
It's in really good nick, chassis & running gear wise, and I need it, or something similar. It's agricultural registered, so no need for MOT or anything annoying like that.
Ah, fuckety-fuck. I didn't need another project.