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Old 06-12-2018, 08:41 AM
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Yep, something let loose under the dash and the worst nightmare of RRC owership came to fruition.

All of the coolant gushed into the inerior and of course the windshield fogged over immediately.

Was very lucky a large parking lot was across the road from where it happened so I could pull in and quickly shut down.

What really is disappointing is I had the heater core and hoses replaced before taking it to Switzerland to make sure this wouldn't happen. The Rover only has about 8k miles on it since then.

It will be very interesting to see what happened - hose burst? Or the core itself? Who knows.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:43 AM
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Sorry to hear. I dread that day. Please keep us posted of your investigations and solutions.
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:50 PM
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Damn that's horrible. At least it is summer & you can bypass until you figure it out.
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Old 06-12-2018, 03:52 PM
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yeah, been there, done that *twice*. Mine turned out to be head gaskets pressurizing the cooling system. I've yet to replace the heater core because I don't want to remove the dash again.
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Old 06-12-2018, 04:46 PM
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I can almost guarantee you that you had a head gasket leak.
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when the heater core goes in my classic its going to become a chicken coop
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Old 06-12-2018, 07:38 PM
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I can almost guarantee you that you had a head gasket leak.
Crossed my mind as well yet when I had the upper engine redone asked as since it is apart should we do the head gaskets and was told not necessary based on pressure testing.

Now I?m not so sure.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:07 AM
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Hoses. Always replace the hoses.....
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Old 06-15-2018, 07:14 AM
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Hoses were replaced when new core installed. Yet who knows at this point.

All signs point to the core itself although until I locate another one we are not taking it apart.

Trying to find an OEM STC250.
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Old 06-15-2018, 11:12 AM
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Both RN & AB show cores in stock.... not sure if OEM.
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Every time I consider getting a 90s Rover again, I remember this thread.
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:36 PM
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Both RN & AB show cores in stock.... not sure if OEM.
Thx! Neither are unfortunately. LR Direct also can?t source them. They are all plastic. Not sure how Landie Rover is restoring the beasts without it.

Kept the OEM part from ?94 when it was replaced. Taking to a local rad shop and having them take a look. Hopefully we can use it.

At this point I’m just going to renew entire cooling system and have the head gaskets replaced. Need to get it somewhat reliable again.
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:45 PM
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Every time I consider getting a 90s Rover again, I remember this thread.
What is frustrating is the fucking core was already replaced to avoid this exact situation and as earlier mentioned only about 8k miles since then.
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:47 PM
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Some links for you. I hope one of these is what you are after Mate.

https://www.britishpartsofutah.com/R...-p/stc250a.htm

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Land-Rove...-/162892981769

https://www.brit-car.co.uk/product.p..._rover_classic

https://www.brit-car.co.uk/product.p..._rover_classic

https://www.island-4x4.co.uk/heater-...50-p-1285.html

https://www.trekoverland.com/collect...-matrix-stc250
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Found the OEM one here. It appears to be available: http://www.britishpartsofutah.com/Ra...0-p/stc250.htm
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What is frustrating is the fucking core was already replaced to avoid this exact situation and as earlier mentioned only about 8k miles since then.
Don't fix shit if it's not broken.
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Found the OEM one here. It appears to be available:
Really appreciate the help. Will give them a call. The other links showed Britpart and Bearmach which I would like to avoid if possible.

Thx again!!
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usually I follow preventative maintenance vs failure maintenance yet in this case you're probably right.
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Ok, new plan.

As it is Summer no rush to get the heat working - will by pass the heater core for now.

I'm going to hold off until the shop has more time and not rush the project.

Also had the OEM core pressure tested and no leaks plus all the joints look fine.

That is going back in.

Since it is Summer though, installing new rad and thermostat; water pump already new and viscous fan working fine.

Will once again test for head gasket leak and go from there depending on results.

Would really like to drive the beast before it once again goes back into hibernation for Winter.

Thx to everyone for their help - will update in the Fall when the dash is torn apart and the core replaced.
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