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Hi All, looking for some opinions please. Well, on the "80 280 CE 110 we got into the engine and found that there was a bad head gasket. The number three cyl. also has a vertical marking, staining "line" that appears to be a stain. My mechanic is concerned that it might be a crack and wants my opinion of what direction I should take. The line is not perfectly vertrical and there is no "feel" to the mark. What concerns us is that this line appears in the same cylinder that had the gasket blow out evidenced because of the clean piston top and wash on the side of the block.

The big question? Do we pull it out and magaflux with who knows $$$ in labor to pull the engine and sending it out for magna fluxing and the additional $800 in parts for a rebuild or is there some other method someone has that could really tell us if this is a crack or just a discoloation and prevent me from spending additional money now to pull it and flux it and rebuild it or should I bite the bullet and pull it rather than button it up now and pay later? Any experience of comments would be appreciated. Thanks

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Why waste time and money on a dead engine? buy another,the M110 is a very common engine.I had a W114 280 E with a blown piston,so i bought a wrecked W126 280SE and just swapped everything over,More power,Better injection set up etc and the whole deal cost me about $800.
 

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Agreed. Replace the head gasket and save your money in case you have to buy a low mile replacement engine. The replacement might cost $1500 - 2000 installed but the rebuild could run you $4-5000 by the time you've inspected everything and made the decision to replace any part that looks suspect. Let us know how it goes.
 
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