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Tommy's A-series Misery - Engine teardown and MGF prep


Tommyboy12

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The 25 GTI got a run out with it's Rover stablemates from the same era today. A very ropey Metro with a VVC and a deafening exhaust owned by @sharley17194 and a lovely Rover Mini owned by one of our mutual friends. We went to caffeine and machine where we parked our collective scrap pile next to about 50 Nissan GTRs.

I think the GTI has a slightly sticky rear caliper I need to investigate as it feels like the rear is dragging slightly.

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I'm offended! its not ropey, and I can barely hear the exhaust over my deafness.

On 11/02/2024 at 22:09, Tommyboy12 said:

The 25 GTI got a run out with it's Rover stablemates from the same era today. A very ropey Metro with a VVC and a deafening exhaust owned by @sharley17194 and a lovely Rover Mini owned by one of our mutual friends. We went to caffeine and machine where we parked our collective scrap pile next to about 50 Nissan GTRs.

I think the GTI has a slightly sticky rear caliper I need to investigate as it feels like the rear is dragging slightly.

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Some more car related work this weekend. I was going to weld the brown Mini but it's been windy and on and off rain which isn't ideal for welding. So instead I stripped down it's old auto engine.

First off I needed to get the flywheel off. This puller which I borrowed made short work of it and it pretty much fell off.

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I then set about removing the transfer case. Thankfully the engine was full of oil and water which pissed all over my garage floor. My fault for not assuming it was empty...

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However despite the engine being seized the crank nose looked good so I was hopeful about the crank

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I split the block and box and made even more of a mess

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Then started to remove the crank. I had to undo the main caps and move the crank about to get at all the rod caps as the pistons were seized in such a position that I couldn't get at all the rod bolts. Thankfully i could once I had the caps off.

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And then finally one very clean looking crank. There's no burrs or grooves in this one and it measures within tolerance so it's going straight into my manual engine. Saves me paying for a crankshaft grind. I'll still use new bearings in it though. The rest of the engine was collected by the scrap man that day. Block and box were scrap from water damage and I have no need for auto parts.

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I made a real mess and had to buy sawdust to mop up the oil...

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I also took the MGF for an emissions test on Friday and it passed after I fitted new spark plugs and coils. The plugs were pretty bad.

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So it's going for a proper MoT again on Monday! I'm 99% hopeful of a pass this time. Emissions was the only thing holding it back and it's green across the board now. So I washed it in anticipation of getting it on the road! Unfortunately the roof is really bad with mold so it needs more work but it's scrubbed up ok considering there's dents and scratches in every panel. It's definitely a bit of a ten footer.

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  • Tommyboy12 changed the title to Tommy's A-series Misery - Engine teardown and MGF prep

The communal 25 GTI got treated to a fresh cambelt this morning. The old one looked ok but I wasn't willing to risk a 9 year old cambelt when it's meant to be a 4 year interval. Fresh new Gates cambelt fitted at both ends and a new water pump and tensioner. Lovely.

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The old one looked fine but I wasn't super comfortable risking it.

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I also noted an oil leak from the vvc valve block today. Something to look at down the line. I gather they can be changed without interrupting the vvc mechanisms but I'm not willing to risk that while I rely on the 25 as my daily.

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