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    320touring got a reaction from Amishtat in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from adw1977 in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from puddlethumper in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    Today, it was time for some less mechanical work..
    This has annoyed the fuck out of me for a while.. 

    So much was wrong with it. The missing wing bottom, the filler, the bolt.. it's just a mess.

    prod prod...

    ah, fuckit. In for a penny, in for a pound. Out came the grinder mounted sanding pads.

    You can see the original wing attaching strip at the bottom - this bolts to the inner wing, and then to the outer.
    Now, what should have been done is the holes drilled into the inner wing, tapped and new bolts fitted. But when all you have is a welder, everything looks like a tack.
     
    So that's what I did.
    With that panel held in place, I had something to start forming too.
    At this point,  @Tickman appeared to be having some PTSD

    The cunning plan was to run a flat curve sown to tie the arch to the bottom of the wing retaining panel.
     

    Like so. That gave us something to tie into, so we could form some curves. There is a fair bit going on.
    Next up was to create a small bracket ( taking approx 1/5557th the time Project Binky would spend on it).
    The bracket was used to tie the outer to inner wing, and stop it flapping in the breeze.

    With that done, the face panel could be made up.

    At this point it was tacked along the top so we could hammer it into shape.

    It was tacked to the sill, and the curve formed down and round.
    All this was done with a ball-peen hammer - proper heath-robinson. Basically - Smack, Tack, move, repeat.
    Some parts needed some* persuasion..
    As ever, Mr @Tickman was a tremendous help, and full of wise council! Cheers John!

    Next up was to cut the panel gap !

    It formed up not bad, and the door doesn't catch.
    I then joined it to the sill and filled in some more welds. It's sitting awaiting a visit from a flap disc the next time.
     
    As a pleasant aside, @Tickman also dropped off @jaypee and I new toy..

    i think I have some mojo back for the eld girl noo..
     
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    320touring reacted to jaypee in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    Aye, I was one of those who used to have the fear... 
    Still do, to an extent, but more aware of what is happening now. 
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    320touring reacted to jaypee in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    Hah, a little knowledge is a dangerous thing... Aye, not cheap to farm out. Thankfully it's at the flat, so I can fanny about at my leisure. 
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    320touring reacted to dome in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    Excellent work dude. These vanos units used to give people the fear. Good to see they are serviceable without resorting to witchcraft
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    320touring reacted to Split_Pin in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    Crikey, you fair know these engines chap! A BMW 'specialist ' would probably charge towards 4 figures for that work, or, more likely, crap out of it altogether. 
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    320touring reacted to Jim Bell in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    Fascinating. 
    Cracking work and highly interesting man. Looking forward to seeing you get the sons of bitches correctly aligned. 
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    320touring reacted to jaypee in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    With the sprockets off, the upper timing chain tensioner and the upper timing chain guide could be accessed, and removed (microfiber cloth used to block and dropped bolts from falling down the hole into the block) 


    That allows access to the exhaust sprocket, which is driven by a chain on the crank, there a couple ways to check the timing, one is there is an arrow, that should point up, when at TDC (not 100% accurate in this application, as the engine sits at a slightly different angle in the e30, compared to the e36. Although it's as near as dammit). The other is the location of the bolt holes in the slots.

    From here the exhaust sprocket can be waggled (Technically Speaking) off the exhaust cam to adjust the timing, now its time for booboo 2!
    Again, in an earlier fit of haste/ignorance, I had lined this up, without the tensioner in.  Some Google research and YouTube video watching later, told me, that I had been a colossal clutz to do such a thing! 
    It was recommended that a specialist BMW tool was used to set the correct pre load on the chain, however in my research I came across a creative solution! 
    The tensioner on these engines has a spring inside, and is also regulated by oil pressure. The specialist tool, is a solid piece and puts an equivalent amount of tension on, as if the engine were running. The creative solution required a tensioner, luckily I had a spare, and a stack of small coins, also I had these. 

    To provide a set amount of tension, the spring was removed and replaced by the non squishy coins. Giving the below

    With the 'new' dummy tensioner installed just past finger right, the correct level of tension is applied. When the tension is in place, the sprockets moves anticlockwise on the cam, the bolt holes should line up roughly in the centre of the slots (depending on how old/stretched the chain is). The pic below isn't great, I know, however, it should hopefully show. 

    Once I was happy with the alignment, the upper timing chain tensioner and guide were reinstalled. 
    Next up, the joys of realigning the two front sprockets... 😂
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    320touring reacted to jaypee in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    With the Vanos out the way, it was easy to access the cams. 

    A better view of the helical gear that adjusts the timing

    These 3 nuts were removed, and this revealed a couple of spacers and a large spring washer. Which, when extracted, allows you to see the way in which the Vanos works. 

    The sprocket on the intake, sits freely and has its movement limited by the pegs on the end of the cam, as the Vanos is activated, the cam moves relative to the sprocket, however the exhaust and intake sprockets are static in their relation to each other. 
    There are similar slots on the exhaust cam, although this is locked to the exhaust cam with the aforementioned 4 bolts. 
    It became clear on closer inspection, that in my haste to get it back together after doing the head work. I made a couple of booboos. The pictures below hopefully will explain, but, in essence, the 2 sprockets should be aligned in such a way that, when the exhaust sprocket is clocked fully clockwise, the intake sprocket is also at the fullest extent of its travel to the right. 
    Woops.. 

    Also woops

    Thankfully, this is a fairly easy fix, and I will explain later. 
    It was then time (#pundown) to remove the sprockets and investigate the timing of the exhaust cam and the crank. 
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    320touring reacted to jaypee in JayPee's kwality* moters......   
    The further investigations began with having to remove the Vanos unit from the car.  
    First off, remove the 2 blanking covers from the unit

    Which allows access to the lower 2 sprocket bolts on the exhaust cam. These 4 bolts were loosened, but not removed. 

    Next up, is to depress the upper timing chain tensioner. So I briefly read it some Nietzsche.. Then held it down with a drill bit. 


    It was then the turn (pun definitely intended) of the Vanos removal tool. Which fits neatly onto the exhaust sprocket. 


    Once this has been test fitted, I removed the rest of the mounting hardware from the Vanos, when this has been done. The tool is put in and the sprocket (now loose) on the cam is rotated clockwise, this in turn, rotates the intake cam sprocket, which then, due to the helical gear set between the intake cam and vanos unit all comes together and pops the unit off! 

    Here it is! You can see the gear, this is moved in and out, by the solenoid on the side, which diverts oil in or out of the chamber behind the gear.  This then advances/retards the intake cam timing, depending on the load on the engine (rev range) 
    That was the easy part done... Next was to check the timing...... Wooop. 
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    320touring got a reaction from Split_Pin in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from danthecapriman in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring reacted to djoptix in Further adventures of The Very Naughty Alfa, as it is now known   
    IT IS MENDED
    I HAVE MENDED A THING
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    320touring reacted to blackboilersuit in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    Prolly just needs a clean up more than anything. In my experience carb rebuild kits normally contain bit's you don't need to change and omit bits that you do. You can end up spending £lots when all you need is a couple of £2 gaskets. I always prefer to strip the carb and make up a shopping list before buying parts. If it runs ok but is flooding then it sounds like the float needle is dirty or sticking. Can be accessed without removing the carb from the car, just remove the top of the float chamber. Cleaning everything up with carb cleaner might be all that's required although there is a good chance you'll need a new gasket for the top of the float chamber.
    Burlen are the source of parts but it helps to know the exact model of carb fitted as well as the year of the car. This number should be stamped on a little aluminium tag that's screwed to the carb somewhere. 
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    320touring got a reaction from RobT in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from Vantman in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from GingerNuttz in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from blackboilersuit in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from Shite Ron in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    It's rough as a badgers arse😂
    I learned to weld on it, with tremendous help from @Tickman. There are a few bits I'd like to fix and the doors need repairing.
    But I just want to use it TBH..
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    320touring got a reaction from Shite Ron in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    With being allowed to escape my home LA now, it made sense to go and play with the Oxford instead of fixing any of the other cars..
    We arrived and set to work:

    I fitted the battery from the Toledo - it has 670cca And had just had a 40mile drive to charge it.
    The oil was good in the engine, it had some coolant and so the ignition was turned on. The SU pump fired to life and we got it running.
    Not drove itself from its resting place - showing small* levels of leakage..

    Engine oil on the left, gearbox oil in the middle, diff oil at the rear plus all the watery sputter out the exhaust at the front right.
     
    Nevertheless it was out and about. One tyre needed blowing up (all need replaced) but it seemed to be ok.

    It got a wash and tootled about a bit. 
     
    Check out the starting once it was warmed up..
    She's keen! Better than the Toledo anyways.
    We also had a sort out of parts, and I've made a list of bits I want to do before heading out on the road with it.
    Just as I went to park it up, at least one brake has stuck on, so I will investigate that when over next.
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    320touring got a reaction from blackboilersuit in Jaypee's 300td Merc - What a load of balljoints 04/10/20.   
    It's fucking tremendous
     
    @jaypee has put a power of work into it - it's much much nicer than when I had it.
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    320touring got a reaction from Tickman in Jaypee's 300td Merc - What a load of balljoints 04/10/20.   
    It's fucking tremendous
     
    @jaypee has put a power of work into it - it's much much nicer than when I had it.
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    320touring got a reaction from SiC in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    It's rough as a badgers arse😂
    I learned to weld on it, with tremendous help from @Tickman. There are a few bits I'd like to fix and the doors need repairing.
    But I just want to use it TBH..
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    320touring got a reaction from loserone in 320touring's major Morris manoeuvrings   
    It's rough as a badgers arse😂
    I learned to weld on it, with tremendous help from @Tickman. There are a few bits I'd like to fix and the doors need repairing.
    But I just want to use it TBH..
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