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  1. MX5s can burn off the coolant unless bled with their nose jacked about 70 feet into the air, been there. Maybe an air lock similar to what happens when the coolant is filled without the nose up caused the aforementioned symptoms, not sure though.
  2. Is it possible to turn the injection pump up on these? If so, that might help the slugishness a little bit. Can't help but hope that you got a handfull of cash along with the '96 after parting with the '06 one though.😄
  3. Have interest, amusement and concern. All in equal measure.🤪 Keep truckin' on man, just bear in mind that the negative responses are coming from a kinda supporting perspective: they aren't out to get you, even if it comes across that way. Edit: Still keep in mind the possibility of overstretching your self though.
  4. The way his advert says "as with everything i have its always up for sale at the right price" makes me think he keeps taking the ad down every time someone wins the auction and it doesn't make a figure he's happy with. Would be nice if he just put a reserve price on it. 🙃
  5. Smartcar Edit: 'Not known to go wrong' rules it out i imagine
  6. I think i'll just have to save up for the full piston with rings if i do keep it. I was hoping to get just rings for the old piston but Mr Pastry is correct it'd just be a faff about. I'm not making any promises due to current financial constraints/tightness. Good to have a plan re: xcw's engine. I'll shutup now 'cos xwc might be offtopic. 😂 Edit: Sale pending
  7. The original engine is a bit grim. I might give that a try with the original engine, however it is so siezed that it might damage something forcing it out.
  8. That was my first go-to for the rings. The issue is that (i believe) the piston in xwcs non-seized engine has been replaced with one that i haven't identified so the rings are different. (possibly BSA?)
  9. The end? Not entirely. I'd never plan on scrapping it incase that is a worry. The chassis is so far gone that the only thing left is the backbone, front suspension and about %20 structural integrity in the back. I will still tinker with it and plan on getting the engine running in the summer, i can't find the correct piston rings for a +015 sized piston that has the same width + height dimensions with the same locating pin design. If the rings weren't a problem i could assemble the engine and it would probably start with an ignition coil + condenser. I've bought the spark plug (plus a spare) and cleaned the fwd ignition points and carb (points not gapped though) so the piston rings are the main issue with the engine i'd say. That said, if any shiter want to take it off my hands for the same price i paid (£50) then they're welcome. I'll post some pictures of the state of the chassis in the xwc topic next month with the same offer. Edit: Sale pending
  10. Looks in x100 better condition than the xwc mk12 so that's good to see. (the xwc mk12 basically consists of a fibreglass body, engine and wheels with %10 of its chassis left due to rust, garden ornament material)
  11. Re: current progress, Nice! At that point, with spark and fuel achived you most likely have a small list of possible causes: Gummed-up injectors Insufficient fuel pressure to open the injectors properly. Could be crap-filled fuel filter/fuel lines/fuel rail or not enough electric to the fuel pump. If you're only getting a dribble from the fuel system then that's not enough, on a multi fuel injector system it needs like 40-50+ PSI of fuel spraying everywhere to get proper fuel injection (if i remember correctly). Electical issue causing injectors to not fire. When running, one wire on each injector is usually a shared constant 12v+ power and the ecu pulses the ground* wires of each injector to ground to fire them. (in other words, the ecu is connecting and disconnecting the injector grounds rapidly to match the amount of fuel required) Edit: What Moog means is take a spare bit of wire and connect one end to the 12v battery terminal and the other end to the 12v wire that goes to the coil or injectors. The important bit is you must identify what the 12v coil or injector wire is because if you connect 12v to anything else you'll probably fry something. I'll be honest, the fact that the car runs on easystart would make me think that the 12v to the coil is relatively good because the car is sparking the plugs when running on the easystart well enough. However it's definitely worth a try because you could be getting what's known as "voltage drop": basically the wires might not be allowing all the power through them, maybe enough to produce a spark but not enough to power the coil and injectors fully. Soz if that's a bit technical btw. *ground and earth are the same thing as far as these explanations go, basically the negative side of the battery is ground/earth. Not sure if i'm stating the obvious there though.
  12. Very nice to see this one being worked on. I'm not sure about the chances of that engine though, considering it sounds a bit rodknocky when 'running'. Could just be dry hydraulic lifters or something rubbing a belt/pulley.
  13. Does this mean there is a parts list for the Mk12c? (or a list for a different mark with the same/similar components) Or has that been posted before? Thanks a bunch for uploading the Mk12e manual + Villiers engine manual pdfs btw, those will definitely come in handy. 👍
  14. And i thought i was a bit dodgy for wanting to fabricate a tuned 2-stroke pipe for the mk12c and occasionally run it fairing-less for 'weight reduction yo'. 😂 I wonder if the top speed of a mk12 would top out due to limited gearing or if i could get 50+ mph from the old villiers engine with some porting and the tuned 'zorst.
  15. Fine by me: i'm not bidding so you can go ahead and bid away guys.
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