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#931 ONLINE   Hooli

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 10:53 PM

call me nieve.. Vaseline?

Dissolves in oil unlike grease.


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Posted 10 March 2017 - 08:39 PM

I picked up the flywheel this afternoon, and it's noticeably lighter than before :-)

 

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I didn't weigh it prior to lightening, but it's around 11kg now. Basically the area removed was all at one thickness beforehand, at the same level as the area immediately around the crank pulley.

 

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They said they don't like to take any more off a standard cast iron flywheel which is fine by me, I don't want to go silly with it. Interestingly they noticed that the clutch face has already been skimmed by 1.2mm at some point in its history. That face is in good condition, so no need for another skim.

 

And to top it off, this was a belated birthday present for me from Mrs_the_cat! Not sure I'll get much chance to work on it this weekend as out most of tomorrow and off to Crufts Sunday, but thinking of taking a day off from work to make some progress next week.


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#933 ONLINE   mat_the_cat

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Posted 11 March 2017 - 07:30 PM

Much to my better half's approval, the engine is now out of the house! Not an easy job, as the stand wheels were too wide to fit through the door. OK once the door was removed though.

 

I was going to drag it up to the workshop, but it's around 100 metres away and uphill, on a soft surface so I quickly gave up on that idea. Instead I made use of the hydropneumatic suspension on the BX :-)

 

Drop it into low and push the stand into position...

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...then raise the suspension so I can undo the stand bolts.

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Then ready to lift out with the crane.

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Part of me wants to just get it in, but I can't close the doors with the crane over the engine bay so would be best to wait until I can have a decent go of it. Plus it's raining, which makes everything slippery.


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#934 ONLINE   mat_the_cat

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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:01 AM

Remember this? The single alternator connection that I don't think was up to the current outputted from the alternator.

 

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As there are two duplicate teminals in the alternator connector, I doubled up on the wiring.

 

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Finally terminating it in the main junction box (which I fitted when I relocated the battery to the boot).

 

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On to the more exciting jobs this evening though! I've got the day off tomorrow so spent a bit of time getting the engine into position. 5 hours in fact, just to mate it with the gearbox and sit it on the mounts.

 

Going in:

 

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Studs screwed into the block to help guide it onto the gearbox input shaft:

 

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Finally in place!

 

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I've stuck the battery on charge overnight, so will prime the oil system, fit the inlet manifold and try to start it tomorrow. I'm filled with a strange mixture of anticipation and trepidation at the moment, just hoping that everything will be OK


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 12:39 PM

Video of the first start please.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 01:17 PM

If you insist! No manifolds or cooling system, so only brief.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 08:14 PM

I like the thumping heartbeat before you turned the key.



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Posted 15 March 2017 - 09:28 PM

Sounds good that, nice one.


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Posted 15 March 2017 - 10:28 PM

I like the thumping heartbeat before you turned the key.

 

I'm surprised you couldn't hear my actual heart over the fuel pump; I was a bag of nerves!

 

It's all back together now and I've broken the cam in - here's the second run. You can hear the tappets before they pump up, then it goes nicely quiet:

 

 

I need to adjust the engine mounts a little, as it seems to be catching on the shell as I can feel a bit of vibration; otherwise the brief test run was a success. Plenty of go although I only used about half throttle.


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Posted 16 March 2017 - 12:19 AM

I've never read this before, what a bloody amazing read! Can't wait to see it at sf17!
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Posted 16 March 2017 - 11:15 PM

Couple more photos from yesterday - I started off by fitting the valley gasket properly. I was going to fit the later composite gasket, but the place selling the bits suggested there was no real benefit, and I had to agree I've never suffered a problem with them. And afterwards I read this:

 

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Certainly not a widespread problem, but an interesting failure mode nonetheless.

 

So first I needed a very thin bead of sealant round the waterways only:

 

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Then fitted the gasket and inlet manifold. I'd carefully kept all the bolts marked up for the right holes as no two bolts seemed the same length! Then I discovered that there are only two different lengths, so replaced my assortment with a set in stainless steel.

 

Once the manifold was in then it became a huge temptation to fire it up, so then I had to prime the oil system. I've got a tool made from an old screwdriver shaft, which fits the slot on my pre-'76 style pump drive. Initial worries about lack of pressure were soon put down to not screwing on the remote filter head enough, and dumping a pint or so over the floor...

 

But I then got pressure, so popped both rocker covers off to check for flow at the top end:

 

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You can see that it's pushed the assembly grease out of the way slightly; arguably I didn't need to use any but it felt wrong to assemble them dry!

 

After the very first start up, I was more motivated to get everything else on. Most things are fairly tight for space, but the worst is probably the water pump. There is only mm of space to get the bolts in, so they have to be loosely threaded into the pump first, then the whole thing (with gasket) offered up to the engine in one go:

 

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Lots more fiddly jobs ticked off, and a short test drive to follow although I'm itching for more. Need to jiggle the engine position a bit first, and check the ignition timing now I can let the engine idle. Continuous downpours until next week, so no great rush!


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:48 PM

A brief break in the weather this evening (before the snow forecast later this week!) so I took it out for a longer drive. It is SO good to be back in it :-D

 

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No problems with it, although the idle seems a tiny bit lumpy - almost as if it's missing a little. Smooths out off-idle; surely it can't just be the cam can it? As it's hardly a wild profile!

 

I wedged my phone in the cupholder on the dashboard whilst I was waiting at some roadworks. Unfortunately it didn't stay there very well!

 


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:11 PM

Remind me, carbs or injection?

 

Just wondering if the carbs need balancing? Even if you've done it, it wouldn't surprise me if it's settled & needs doing again.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:05 AM

Even slightly lumpy 'bumpy sticks' can cause lumpy idle, not to be sniffed at, imagine it's a big block running nitrous and a 'hoofer' ready for another 6 second run! :)  It sounds lovely, best Rover V8 I've heard in a long time.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:15 PM

It's carbs, twin Strombergs. They're balanced OK but a good shout. I've adjusted the timing a bit - first I retarded it (too much) then advanced it again and it's smoother. I'm guessing it was too far advanced initially, although I didn't get any pinking I didn't give it full throttle or load so wouldn't have provoked it.

 

Set the maximum advance when revved to about 36 degrees; this makes the advance at idle around 14 which is higher than book but I should hopefully be able to get away with it. If not I'll just retard until it's OK. Plus I need to get the carb needles profiled to suit the cam etc.

 

Can't wait to drive it again, it feels like being pulled along by a giant elastic band!


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