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Iain's Fleet Management: 19/7/17. New engine now acquired


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#331 OFFLINE   Hendry

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 05:13 PM

Have you checked Corsasport Iain?

 

I know its usually full of chavs, boyracers, modified Corsas and the for sale ones are usually junk, but sometimes a cheap one with history and a seemingly decent engine but rusty and fucked bodywork crops up. 


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 07:48 PM

Hit me up with them man!


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Posted 12 May 2017 - 08:00 PM

Have you checked Corsasport Iain?

I know its usually full of chavs, boyracers, modified Corsas and the for sale ones are usually junk, but sometimes a cheap one with history and a seemingly decent engine but rusty and fucked bodywork crops up.


Full of willy wavers talking about their M3s and Evos who 'moved on' from a Corsa in about 2004. Nobody there has one any more. Only been without a Corsa for 5 years in the past 2 decades so pretty much been here there and everywhere as far as resources go lol
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Posted 13 May 2017 - 12:18 AM

Time to have a look for Tigra A/B, Corsa C, Astra G/H with 1.4 16v engine then, should be shedloads of these knocking about.

 

The Twinport ones are actually quite good, I had a 2yr old 55plate Corsa C 1.4 Twinport SXi and it went really really well, so much so it wouldve absolutely mullered my brand new 15plate Corsa E 1.4 16v VVT Ecoflex thing, and was loads better on fuel too, and im sure they have a chain rather than a timing belt, but strangely no skeleton wanking in a biscuit tin type rattle like the 1.0 Cs with timing chains had.

 

Just out of interest, with yours being the base model, did the base come standard with Power Steering by then? It was a bit snide that a car in 2000 came without a drivers airbag though! Saying that the Bs were always weirdly specced, Sister had an X plate 1.2 SXi in Arden Blue, had the wraparound spoiler, CD player, rev counter, central locking with deadlocks, airbag, power steering, leather steering wheel, the velour sports seats, colour coded electric/heated door mirrors, alloys etc. but still had windy windows, very weird i thought. 


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02 52 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Comfort

97 P Volkswagen Golf 1.4 SE

05 05 Vauxhall Astra 1.8 Design

09 59 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique

15 15 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi

09 09 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 CR TDi Sport 140bhp (Current)


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Posted 19 May 2017 - 08:38 PM

I've noticed that it's getting a bit chuggy when coming on and off the throttle in 1st and 2nd gear when cold. Like something throttle related is a bit sticky. Makes hill starts a fine art! It's only doing it when stone cold, after that it's fine.

Once the Astra comes back from its holidays at my folks (front and back garden being excavated so keeping the drive car free during the day) I'm going to stick it in my garage for a good old fiddle, take the throttle body apart and clean it together with fitting a new Idle control valve. I'll also change the spark plugs but I'm a bit worried about that as they've likely been in there for many years. Hopefully they'll come out without any trouble. Pretty certain that lot will clear its throaty in the mornings. I'm also going to buzz round some surface rust on the chassis legs in the engine bay with the razor belt sander and treat it with some Bilt Hamber.

Drives like a dream now the brakes are sorted though and the crunch between 4th and 3rd has now gone completely after the box fluid was changed back in October. Don't know why it took that long to make a difference.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:10 PM

Please can anyone help me identify what the tapping sound is? I have made enquiries about another 1.2 donor after I passed on a 2.0 8v with no paperwork, but my budget is tight-ish so I don't want to condemn this engine if new lifters or cams are all that's needed.


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:44 PM

the regular ticking is injectors is it not?


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Posted 25 May 2017 - 08:52 PM

The quieter ticking is yes, it's the louder knocking that's puzzling me.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:09 PM

See what you mean. I'd have agreed on injectors, but listening to it on headphones, there is something else there. Has it sat for a while? Might need flushed and some decent exercise. Although if that didn't solve it, I'd think gummed up tappets: not the end of the world in itself, but cams, valve contact faces etc would all need checked too.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:22 PM

Get that fookin 2.0 in it;)
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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:24 PM

Cheers for listening Neil 😀 See the words gummed up were what I was thinking as there is always a lot of mayo under there every winter due to short journeys. Cleaning it out works but it came back in a few weeks. Tappets and cams are cheaps which is why I'm loathe to bin it off.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:27 PM

Get that fookin 2.0 in it;)


If a suitable one came up, i.e. With v5, I would go for it. That one was just too much of a gamble. Seen it in the metal and the comment in his F/S thread "how the fuck is that thing still alive", did not instil me with warmth!

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 09:27 PM

Cheers for listening Neil 😀 See the words gummed up were what I was thinking as there is always a lot of mayo under there every winter due to short journeys. Cleaning it out works but it came back in a few weeks. Tappets and cams are cheaps which is why I'm loathe to bin it off.


You could spend the same on tappets band can for the 2.0;)
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Posted 25 May 2017 - 10:07 PM

Cheers for listening Neil 😀 See the words gummed up were what I was thinking as there is always a lot of mayo under there every winter due to short journeys. Cleaning it out works but it came back in a few weeks. Tappets and cams are cheaps which is why I'm loathe to bin it off.


Are they the same kind of design as the old 8V ones? Those could be stripped apart and cleaned properly if you were patient/skint/tight enough.

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Posted 25 May 2017 - 10:14 PM

Of that I am not sure although I have not heard anyone mention that they are similar. A set are something like £50.
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Posted 25 May 2017 - 10:35 PM

You have waited long enough, hold out for the right engine and don't throw in the one that comes along due to impatience.

 

Note: I would never do as I have said and would be annoyed with the result for the cost. But that still wouldn't stop me!


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 11:29 AM

My new bandfile came in the post yesterday.

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It made a good job of cleaning up the nsf chassis leg on the Megane. Great for tight access although I had to move a few bits out the way first.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 03:23 PM

If you can get access, I'd use a grinder with a prep wheel on it. Good for removing rust but doesn't gouge like a grinding disc does.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 06:37 PM

Great aren't they. Make sure you have loads of spare belts. Some days I have used two other days one after another just snags and then it's next belt time.


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Posted 12 June 2017 - 06:24 AM

Yeah I bought 4 packs lol
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Posted 30 June 2017 - 08:56 PM


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Posted 30 June 2017 - 11:23 PM

Good wee vid Iain!!

 

Does it have power steering? I know a good few of the base Corsa Bs didnt have it.

 

Only things Id change would be clear side repeaters, and swap the steering wheel for a 3 spoke early SRi/GSi item, ideally in leather. the only thing ive always hated on Corsa Bs even though im a fan of them, is those ugly base model steering wheels. That aside its a really smart looking wee car and different to what other people do when modifying a B.

 

Id still absolutely love to get an Arden Blue later 1.4/1.6 Sport on Softstars, colour code the door handles, gloss black all the black untextured bumper and arch plastics, smoked rear lights, tint the rear windows, possibly a Fiat Punto rear wiper and remove the boot handle and thatd be it. Inside I wouldnt change a thing, Im the opposite of you I prefer the later Sport interior, the air con, rev counter, leccy windows and mirrors so for me itd be spot on, just a decent stereo as i never really rated the standard CDR500s. 


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97 R Vauxhall Astra 1.6 LS

02 51 Peugeot 206 1.4 LX

04 04 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique

98 S Hyundai Accent 1.3 Si Coupe

05 55 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SXi

02 52 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Comfort

97 P Volkswagen Golf 1.4 SE

05 05 Vauxhall Astra 1.8 Design

09 59 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique

15 15 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi

09 09 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 CR TDi Sport 140bhp (Current)


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 05:24 AM

Cheers chap :) I had a GSi wheel to go on but couldn't get the old wheel off .

No pas on this one, no anything in fact!

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 07:16 PM

Cheers chap :) I had a GSi wheel to go on but couldn't get the old wheel off .

No pas on this one, no anything in fact!

 

Invest in a steering wheel puller, not expensive, around £12 when I bought my draper one, if I knew where mine was id give you it, ive no use for it, I had to use it to get the steering wheel off my old mk3 Astra, those old Vauxhalls were a nightmare for getting them removed. Never had any bother with any other car since, theyve just slid off no fuss. 

 

Really didnt realise Bs rusted so badly, the bodyshells hide it well, the worst I saw was my sisters first car, an X plate 1.2 SXI where the front half of the bonnet was blistered to buggery, thinking about it now after watching your vid, if the bonnet was that bad and theyre usually ok, that car was probably terminally rotten despite only 85k miles, was only 9 years old and well looked after with original bill of sale, service book, piles of receipts etc. 


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97 R Vauxhall Astra 1.6 LS

02 51 Peugeot 206 1.4 LX

04 04 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique

98 S Hyundai Accent 1.3 Si Coupe

05 55 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SXi

02 52 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Comfort

97 P Volkswagen Golf 1.4 SE

05 05 Vauxhall Astra 1.8 Design

09 59 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique

15 15 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi

09 09 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 CR TDi Sport 140bhp (Current)


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 08:58 PM

I'm clearing my garage tomorrow morning to make more room for working on a car. I'm putting the Corsa in there and shutting the flipping door.

I thought the safest and most cost effective solution was repairing what I had because it was a known good engine and then I'd have a reliable wee summer runabout that looked good and would be great in fuel. This has turned out to be one of my biggest automotive mistakes. Everyone point and laugh.

The garage seemed confident that the new cams would sort the knock but it is still there exactly as before. I should have bought a stethoscope to confirm the engine was scrap, not exactly difficult to do.

I think it's a small end that's away, but I am past caring now. I have lost all affection and interest in it and the only thing that stops me breaking it is that I think I would regret it.

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:04 PM

I feel your pain!  Doesn't help, I realise, but at least you're not alone.  Take a rest from it, watch a bit of James Bond.  Tomorrow's another day.


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:15 PM

Cheers Eddy, good advice, feeling a bit crap about it just now!

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:24 PM

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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:47 PM

We all have days like that with cars Iain, take a break from it, do other stuff, think about other things, and then go back to it after the dust has settled with fresh eyes and hopefully a more positive attitude towards it.

 

Definitely dont break it, not after all your hard work, you clearly love it so it would be a massive regret i think. 

 

Im just throwing this out there because it wont be cheap by any means (circa £1200, but for peace of mind of pretty much a brand new engine it seems a price worth paying in my mind), but what about a Vauxhall VXPro exchange remanufactured engine block, come with a 2 year unlimited mileage warranty as well IIRC, just swap all your components and ancillaries onto that, if it was a car I loved and had spent so much time on it this is what id seriously consider, saves finding a decent donor, and especially if you cant get to the bottom of the issues with the current block. (They come with everything, filled with oil, obviously a sump, water pump, cambelt kit, minimum 160 new parts all fitted, seemingly just drop it in and connect up to the gearbox and all the ancillaries and away you go)


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04 04 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique

98 S Hyundai Accent 1.3 Si Coupe

05 55 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SXi

02 52 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Comfort

97 P Volkswagen Golf 1.4 SE

05 05 Vauxhall Astra 1.8 Design

09 59 Renault Clio 1.2 Dynamique

15 15 Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 SRi

09 09 Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 CR TDi Sport 140bhp (Current)


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Posted 01 July 2017 - 09:49 PM

Cheers man :)

I think those blocks are still about £800 though :/
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