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  1. All ready to pop my refreshed engine back into the S4 but just want to check the belt tension specs. Will be doing it via Mhz as I don't have the deflection measurement equip and do my Ducatis in this manner. Could someone confirm the correct Mhz please. Thanks in advance
  2. Morning Barry and Bibs. Quick question you may be able (or anyone else if viewing) to help with. On reaffixing the rigid fuel pipe to the injector rail i have notice it doesn't cinch the pipe fully. There is an O-ring in place but you can definitely move the pipe within the flange nut. Is this normal or am i missing something. The diags just say 'O-ring kit'
  3. Had an interesting few days repairing a LHD T25 'vanagon' which was imported by a couple of teacher friends who spent some time aid teaching in Uzbekistan and it was their daily transport there. The amount of 'hacks' for want of a better word were many and equally as ingenious as dangerous πŸ˜„. 24 faults and major MOT failures sorted including Earths, fuse box hanging out and secured by tie wraps, whole of heater system trunking missing, massive air locks in cooling system which in itself was made entirely of non-VW components, door handles inop and hanging out, rear light units broken and held in with electrical tape, no instruments, interior lights etc etc. Amazingly satisfying just putting things right and freeing up sliders on doors, seat runners etc. Also full fluid swaps on both of our Cayennes including transmission, transfer box and diffs. Didn't waste the entire week though. Esprits engine and box mated with new clutch, All belts on and timed. awaiting engine hoist next week to pop the sucker back in! After that im off for our annual Christmas Market trip..... for 2 weeks in Miami and Southern Carribean. Guess im not getting any Bratwurst and Gloggi this year. Still determined to have her fired up and useable by Christmas though.
  4. What about swapping the tanks out and forgetting to put the hatch cable release back in its bracket and then remembering and vividly seeing it in your minds eye as you snick the second catch closed 🀬🀬🀬🀬
  5. Only to find they strip the threads when you tighten em up and have to start all over again. Taking the seats out............ is the only easy job on the whole bloody torture device. Front bumper removal with 35 year old rusted fasteners is up there for me, along with the exhaust manifold in situe
  6. More ancillaries bolted on this afternoon along with the turbo. Shimming went well, exhaust cam all mid tolerance. Inlet cam has two tight clearances, one each on cyls 3 and 4. Will get them calculated and ordered tomorrow morning. Awaiting a delivery of hoses and various entrantilments to conclude the engine bay work. Jacknut tool has also arrived so new fastenings will adorn the boot floor in the very near future.
  7. Block back together, feel like I’ve bought shares in the anaerobic sealant and lube industry. The latter came in handy when paying for the bearings πŸ˜‚ oil pump machined to minimum tolerance and flywheel collected. Shimming shall commence early next week. Things are taking sooo long to be delivered however it might be Christmas before we see tarmac. took advantage of the rain stopping play today to repair this little Monkey Reminds me of a girl I once knew. β€˜She aint pretty but she sure is strong!’
  8. Back from Cotterill Engineering. Cranks is well in spec, and he commented that it's 'as good as new, clearly having been well and regularly serviced with good quality oils'. I did mention it had that much oil round the block when I took it out that the car had self-medicated to assist in the oil changes πŸ˜† Checked end float again with feeler gauges this time being as tho we are in there. .15mm is a smidge loose, .2mm is a tight fit. So standard bearings and thrust washers all round. Ian, QED similar price to PNM. Cotterill's suggested it may be due to small production batches but agreed they are eye wateringly expensive.
  9. And I do know it's bad form to bellyache but seriously how do we justify nearly Β£400 for a set of con rod, end float washers and main bearings?? Ferrari items are cheaper. Ford items are 8 times cheaper! They are aftermarket as well, not even OEM Lotus FFS as they are unavailable. OK, rant over. More Gin required.
  10. And some new bootlaces and a tube of Autosol πŸ˜†
  11. Mission creep... but in a good way. Popped the bearing housing off today to assess the thrust washers and found that the main bearings and big end bearings, although showing no signs of score damage have started to wear into the brass in places. I feel a PNM order on its way.
  12. The other part is absent alas. I cut a new end triangle today but can't tack and weld till reassembly as I don't know the correct position of the missing hole.
  13. Thanks Jon. It’s the steel bracket that has fractured however the use instead of helicoil looks good for our alloy blocks πŸ‘
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