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


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#421 OFFLINE   IainL

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:15 PM

So a chap replied to my plea on Facebook for a new engine for the Corsa. He said he had one for me, still in the car so it can be heard running.

It was only in Coatbridge so I popped over tonight. I was not dissapointed. It's only a 1.2 but it's the old money dizzy model, must be one of the last from 1995. It has only 27k on it, backed up by the service book and milometer. Turns out it was originally a BSM car which spent nearly all of its life in London. As such the engine and shell were very tidy indeed. He was using the shell to repair a rotten GSi model. No plastic in the engine and it's all still shiny. Sounded a smooth as anything, fans kicked in and out when it heated up too so all is good. Going to collect it in the next few weeks. It should polish up once fitted and be a nice wee retro piece in the bay. Happy for once!
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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:26 PM

You getting the harness etc etc as well with that  chap?


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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:35 PM

Better sticking with a straightforward 1.0 to 1.0 replacement buddy .


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#424 OFFLINE   IainL

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:19 PM

Yep getting everything with it. Chap selling already has a GSi so nothing in this car is any use to him.

Scott I did think about doing that but I am really trying to move away from the ecotec. Surely If I get absolutely everything including the mounts, shafts and wiring it shouldn't be too bad?

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 12:10 AM

Yep getting everything with it. Chap selling already has a GSi so nothing in this car is any use to him.

Scott I did think about doing that but I am really trying to move away from the ecotec. Surely If I get absolutely everything including the mounts, shafts and wiring it shouldn't be too bad?

 

Yeah id imagine if you get the whole lot, engine loom, engine and box, mounts, driveshafts, ECU, then it should easily be a case of just ripping all the old stuff out and fitting the new stuff, as simple as an engine swap gets.

 

Its probably been said before but since you know its a good engine and wont be a waste spending the money doing it to a duff engine, id change the timing belt kit, water pump, give it a service while the engines on the floor, i think old 8v Vauxhalls are non interference so if the belt did let go you could just wap on another and away you go but may as well just do it while its out of the bay, cant be that expensive either I wouldnt have thought. 

 

Your biggest issue with all this I can see is re registering the car with the DVLA for the engine swap to increase engine size, swap the new engine number onto the V5 so everything ties up and all sorted properly without those muppets making a hash of it. 

 

Is this guy on any other forums btw? The idea of reading a start to finish build progress thread of a Corsa GSI into a clean new shell sounds really appealing to me. 


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Posted 13 July 2017 - 12:29 AM

Clocks might need changed as well?

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 05:03 AM

Cheers chap, yes my plan is to change the belt (such a simple kit being an 8v, just a waterpump and tensioner) and do a service. The one thing I did check is that this is one of these Vauxhall engines where the thermostat lives behind the timing belt. Crazy design which necessitates ithe belts removal if becomes faulty, so I'll change that too. I think because I don't have a rev counter in mine and neither does this one, the clocks should be ok.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 02:55 PM

Ok so the 1.2 8v isn't going to work. The main issues are that the 1.0 ECU is unique insofar that it is in the engine bay, all others are down in the drivers footwell. The other bigger problem is that the dash will have to come out so that the entire loom can be replaced. For ten less bhp what it currently has, it's just not worth it. I have read up a good deal on this today and even the long term Corsa botherers in the relevant forums say avoid this conversion at all costs. So I'm going down to Dalkeith on Tuesday to pick up a 60k 1.0, albeit not one that I will be able to hear running.

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 05:40 PM

Is it worth doing a compression test before fitting it?
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My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 09:48 PM

Definitely, but how do you do that on an engine that isn't running?

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Posted 13 July 2017 - 10:06 PM

Is it not possible to do it by running the starter round by connecting it off a battery? Not that you need all the other bits attached anyway - as you don't want it to fire or be fuel. Obviously needs oil & a bit of water in to stop it destructing itself too.
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2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp - The fun one that is the last hurrah before kids
2007 Honda Civic EX CTDi - The reliable runner that is like the family pet.
2010 Aldi A4 - Owned to placate the wife on my crap buying


My history: 2003 Clio II 1.2 16v (First car), 2003 Honda Civic 3dr 1.7 CTDi (Isuzu lump), 1992 Mazda MX5 1.6, 2005 Mazda RX8 192bhp, 2005 Saab 9-3 1.9TiD 150bhp, 2007 Honda Civic 2.2 CTDi, 2004 Renault Scenic 1.6 Auto (Now Kiltox FiL), 2004 Saab 9-5 2.3t (Now Hooli), 2004 Smart Roadster 80bhp
Wife history (that she used/owned but I had frequent use of): 2002 Renault Clio II 1.2 16v (Billabong!), 2006 Mazda MX5 1.8, 2004 VW Golf 1.6 FSI, 2005 Renault Scenic II 2.0 (went bad from the drive back when buying it!), 2002 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 16v (now phil_lihp ex-colleague), 2005 Renault Laguna II v6 (Now angle)

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 07:32 AM

I don't see why not tbh, could give it a try.

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#433 OFFLINE   IainL

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Posted Yesterday, 06:30 AM

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I went to Dalkeith tonight to collect a replacement engine for the Corsa.

It has 68k on it and was removed as the guy builds Corsa stock cars.

Apparently it was from an automatic (never heard of a 1.0 Corsa Automatic but perhaps it was a special order motability or something) and the alternator had seized. Said he cut the fan belt and it ran grand up and down his lane.

Fuck knows if it works but for £50 I'll take the gamble. It does turn over fine.

Going to take a back seat from fixing stuff until the summer is over so I can enjoy my Coupe. I only have an oil change to do on the Megane next month and then that's it till October!
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