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Post by PAB on Tue Feb 24, 2009 11:12 pm

Todays update, had another box of bits turn up today. Air filters and brake cooling duct, and this little baby...

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Tonight i've plumbed in the bias valve at last, had to re-cut the threads on the two pipe fittings as I could not get 1/8 NPT fittings any where!! Done now though, all cliped up and ready for fluid.

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Also fitted these brake duct mounts, got the from a Club GTI group buy.

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Tomorrow evening should see the cylinder head fitted and timed, should also get the brakes bled up... see ya soon.
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Post by steveb on Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:30 am

it all looks so sweet mate, can you do mine next ? Very Happy
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Post by PAB on Wed Feb 25, 2009 1:01 pm

LOL... I'll open an order book Wink

Along with designing and building a time machine Cool
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Post by PAB on Wed Feb 25, 2009 11:39 pm

Just a quick update for today, photos to follow. Got the cylinder head on and cams timed up. Fitted the gearbox to the block so its all ready to go back in.

Its all go, tomorrow should see the brakes bled, and the engine/gearbox test fitted with the exhaust header. The ABF is taller so the bulkhead might the attention of Mr Hammer!!

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Post by PAB on Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:01 pm

Well all this seems to be taking over my life at the moment!!

Done a little more...
Engine built with box from last night

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I've mocked the engine into the car tonight so I can see where the bulkhead needs to be clearenced for the header...

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Also stripped and checked my 45's, i'll get onto my carbs man for the full SP on chokes and jets tomorrow, might have it playing a tune by sunday night??!

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Had to pop them on just to keep me motivated...

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More tomorrow.
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Post by Foolish Boy on Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:27 pm

Coming together. I forgot how big my VR lump is compared to my 16v!
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Post by PAB on Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:57 pm

Evening all.... well, guess what...yip done a little bit more tonight.

Removed the engine and box to allow me to clearance the bulkhead for the exhaust then pump bled the brakes, i'll pressure bleed them on Sunday when i've checked the lines for fluid leaks. the pedal feels loads better with the genuine master cylinder, think its gonna be worth it. Ordered up new jets and chokes for the carbs, big thanks to Terry at Glenco for that, he's a star PM me if you need his number..... Carb god!!!!

The engine is now finish mounted and torqed down, big assembly weekend ahead of me... wish me luck.

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All fitted now. Smile
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Post by steveb on Sat Feb 28, 2009 8:43 pm

good luck pab looks absolutely sweet!!! think were all at it this weekend ready for next lol, im stuck on some bolts on my suspension at the mo, what a pain lol
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Post by PAB on Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:24 pm

Does seem like everyones at it....

Its been biting me today :-(

Been out for another 14 hours today, don't know where the time goes. My new jets and chokes came today! only ordered at 3pm yeasterday!!! done the following today.

Finished the engine install
Fitted gear shifter
Made and fitted clutch cable bracket
Made mounts and fitted the new oil cooler
Stripped and cleaned alternator
Fitted dash panel
modified bumper for the larger brake coolong ducts
New semi synth gear oil

Lookin like this now....

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Post by PAB on Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:57 pm

Had another full on day today... engine bay is finished and the dash is fully re-fitted... just the seats and belts to go back in.

Got more front end work to do and the brake ducts to finish then a full on mega valet...

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Post by steveb on Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:06 am

looking sweet mate, dont think ive done half the work you have over the weekend lol
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Post by Andrew on Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:06 am

Good bit of work done there. Smile

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Post by PAB on Tue Mar 03, 2009 11:27 pm

Well I suppose the S*** had to hit the fan at sometime.... everything was going too well evedently Rolling Eyes

Monday evening all was set, primed the oil system, primed the fuel system, turned the engine on the starter for the first time, good oil pressure, re fitted the coil king lead and she fired first time of asking.... ran for exactly 6 seconds....... Bas***d thing was Dieseling.... ticking on every stroke from every piston..... Crying or Very sad

Check these out, just in from stripping it down...

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Its not very clear but you can see in the next photos where the pistons have been hitting the head between the cylinders where the chamber edge squares off, its the tinyest of marks (Shiney line).....

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GUTTED Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad Crying or Very sad
Its a good job i'm off for the rest of the week, gonna make an early start, machine the head and see if I can't have a proper tune out of her by tomorrow night....

Just speachless.
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Post by steveb on Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:10 am

gutted for you mate nightmare. not going to well for me either this week, had a week off to work on the car and ive never been so ill :X well not since high school anyway

dont want to put anything off but makes it extra difficult to do anything, especially when its raining and your workshop is outside lol

good luck mate sure you will have it purring in no time, so what has made it touch the piston then?
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Post by PAB on Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:25 am

The pistons are high compression so the piston crowns stick up above the head gasket.... didn't check the clearences properly with the head design, it turns over by hand really well without the plugs in so didn't think there was a problem.... not shown it but i've got the sump off too, had to find the noise and started by checking the bottom end. If I can get a head gasket tomo i'll get her running.

Hope your better soon Steve, see you at the weekend.
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Post by Andrew on Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:55 pm

Oh dear, not great news mate. Good luck with sorting it all - and get well soon Steve!

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Post by t-jett on Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:49 pm

Hope you have this sorted now PAB because I'm looking forward to seeing it going at the weekend. There seems to be lots of members all struggling to get things sorted this week. I hope nothing else goes wrong for you. Hope your feeling better too Steve, the weekend is nearly here!
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Post by Foolish Boy on Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:44 pm

I destroyed my 16v engine because I had high lift cams and used an MLS head gasket which is a little bit thinner than the fibre one. It turned over fine, but as soon as I hit the limiter it all went wrong.
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Post by PAB on Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:05 pm

Foolish Boy wrote:I destroyed my 16v engine because I had high lift cams and used an MLS head gasket which is a little bit thinner than the fibre one. It turned over fine, but as soon as I hit the limiter it all went wrong.

Lucky enough I'm using the thicker (1.5mm compressed) metal HG so should be ok......

Well amother 13 hours invested today and guess what Very Happy bounce Laughing cheers .......

Shes alive!!! LOL

Got the head machined first thing, then of to GSF Nottm for another HG whilst that was being done. Put the bottom end (windage tray & sump) back together, then cleaned and re fitted the head along with all of the other bits, Header, Carbs, Cam belt etc etc etc...... Sure this engine could build itself now.... re-primed everything and away she went, just making the noises she should be making....

HAPPY again yeay

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Lost a day, not bad considering, might not go on the dyno before the weekend now.

Got the seats and belts to refit, the rest of the front end & brake ducts then the mega valet.

Thanks for all your kind words, kept my chin up.. fortune favours the brave Cool
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Post by popeye on Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:24 pm

glad you got it sorted out philip, at least yours will be going to UD, jack's not playing. see you at the weekend.

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Post by PAB on Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:27 pm

Sorry to hear that Popeye, Jays having problems too... be good to catch up anyway. See you sunday.
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Post by dubbed_up_daz on Wed Mar 04, 2009 11:40 pm

hope to hear it on sunday lol

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Post by Andrew on Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:29 am

Cool, it goes!!

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Post by steveb on Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:40 am

well done mate glad you got it sorted, looking forward to seeing (and hearing) this at UD not long now woo!
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Post by PAB on Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:49 pm

GOD I need a rest!!!! Its starting to take its toll on me now LOL!

Finished off the nasty jobs i'd been putting off, not that having to rebuild the engine you've just built isn't nasty!!!!

Ran it up to operating temps today, safe to say no leaks, squeeks or rattles Smile Its a bonus that it drives in all five gears AND reverse too!!! Rebuilt and set up the throttle linkage, fuel supply to the carbs, Brake cooling ducts, front bumper, exhaust, drivers seat, steering wheel boss & quick release, and bonnet.

Easy day tomorrow, just got to refit the passengers seat, belts, grill and head lights. Shes booked on the the dyno for Monday, pity I couldn't get it on tomorrow.

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