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Recommissioning Lucas's Dry Sump

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Come on then!

I'm yet to start properly working on it.  Been feeling rough as a badger's arse all this year.

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Hi Sparky .Get well soon .What a fab car .in your safe hands .Cheers Mike

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Finally seen the car in the flesh. The interior is even better than I expected from the photos. The headlining has dropped in places but for originality I’m tempted to leave it untouched. Under the boot lid and bonnet everything is disconnected/unplugged/taken out but crucially the parts are there. Sparky and I had a good chat and now have a plan of action for the car so should be getting this project underway next week

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Ohhhh the excitement.  The trepidation.  The blood...

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Aptly, today is National Puzzle Day.

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It's clear the car has been worked on extensively.  The engine is clean and pretty shiny, but unfortunately there's no history other than a bunch of receipts dated 1999-2004, and no record of major internal components or any engineering work.

Lucas and I agreed on a windmill-tilting optimistic approach. Hey ho!  After plenty of investigation and oil, I tentatively turned it on the crank pulley, managing around 15 degrees before a dead stop (cam timing was OK).  Fortunately the pistons stopped around mid-stroke so I dismounted the cambelt and checked cam rotation, which was good (lots of surface rust though).  Virtually every nut and bolt I touched were below torque or merely finger tight.  Many are incorrect, and a few are missing.  All ancillaries/connections are loose or detached.  Around the entire car, fasteners are randomly tightened or AWOL, and many are incorrect spec.  The car is devoid of oil, coolant and hydraulic fluid, and this has taken a toll.  Given what I've found, nothing can be taken for granted.  The car needs a comprehensive nut and bolt check, starting with engine strip.

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Curiously, the plugs look like they've been run briefly.IMAG2040-20190129-174721941.jpg

Bit of rust there.

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Inside.  Not brilliant shots, but enough.

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Oil pump appears intact and functional.

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Various interesting items.

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Slight damage to aux sprocket.

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I think there's an oil seal in there!

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Lower link bushes are original, I think.

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Short bolt.

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Gearbox mounting bolts incorrectly oriented.

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Oil tank is pristine outside.  Very bad inside!

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Glad I could help!

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Gees, that looks like a complete rebuild would be the only way to do it properly. Anything less I suspect will lead to continual issues. 

 

Trevor.

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On 19/12/2018 at 14:22, Barrykearley said:

any videos of it running yet?

It's not a V8 Barry, so not so easy.  :):sofa:

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I'm lucky as got a load of photogrpahs on my dry sumps engine rebuild when I asked for them passed from the garage who carried out the work and the po. Second pic is a good on as it shows the new discs, high torque started, new alloy coolant pipes, clutch slave cylinder and a host of other new parts all fitted during the rebuild.I think thats fairly important historical record to have of a rebuild.1354729778_newpowdercoatedcamcover.jpg.b861af9f5290776e3b9d1850e6921bf3.jpg483015045_engineinwithnewhightorquestarteretc.jpg.659c487374ac7cd9c0c16ac8b910fde2.jpg

 

 

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John, this one's more of a murder investigation. 😕

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All the bits are there - get cracking 👍

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10 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

All the bits are there - get cracking 👍

Not a phrase one often associates with a Dry Sump.

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Barry had a slip of the tongue, he thought you were speaking about an oldGery van for a moment. WE know perfection takes time, and a Dry sump must be near perfection.  :sofa:

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28 minutes ago, Barrykearley said:

All the bits are there - get cracking 👍

I feel worse about my TE project. Thanks 👎

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It’s only a car......

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Actually, the jury's out on the bits!  The job will take time, and rightly so.

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Maybe we can have a race. I'm hoping to have my garage built this year so who knows, I may actually get a chance to start sorting mine out. :) 

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A couple of logistical issues will prevent engine removal for a couple of days; meanwhile I'm stripping it down insitu.  Everything has been thrown together with little effort to use the correct fasteners.  For example, engine mounting bolts - M10 instead of m12, two different lengths (I'm 99% certain they're Renault box mounting bolts), and no buffer washers.  It appears the core did have a fair amount of work years ago, but sitting around has done it no favours.  I still can't rotate the engine in either direction.  No. 2 liner is particularly nasty.  Significant rust in valve ports, and even on dizzy cam.

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Are we allowed to start speculating yet? 

My guess, big end cap bolts loose and snagging crankcase...

Or the branch that that leaf used to be attached to growing in engine...

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And there was me thinking my car was "thrown back together"!

To parody Eric Morcambe, you have all the right parts, not necessarily in the correct order :lol:

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12 hours ago, Sparky said:

 

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Contact breaker points on an 81/82 car??? :shock:

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