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Ok newly rebuilt engine back in the old S3, another hours work then hopefully ready to turn the key.  I even stopped midway to come in for a coffee as I am getting too close to the scary bit. Who's going to take bets its going to be a good one this time. I need convincing after two failed engines and not been off the drive yet. The second engine did not even come out past the garage door so hopefully you guys still have the faith I have lost after the last in 14 months.

 

John.

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Well, at least you will be an expert in engine removal/refitting.

No bad skill to have with these cars.

 

Everything is crossed.......

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Thanks for the comments guys, as Simon said I am a specialist at removing and fitting S3 engines. My one hang up is my car is fitted with a sports exhaust and although everyone says you can remove the engine with the manifold fitted my manifold has to be removed first as it just will not clear the chassis so brand new stainless steel studs and nuts are used. Little tip for everyone doing this job. Always remove the reverse light switch, now broken two of them.

 

 

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I'm sure the engine will be fine. There is enough else to break to keep you busy. Maybe the tranny this time? :rambo:

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Thanks Thomas, now that must be the kiss of DEATH, I love it when you guys are all so positive. Not a mention of how nice and clean my engine and gearbox are, no mention of the nice paint job and how tidy everything looks. And yes there is oil in her and yes the filter is changed and yes its all new belts, tensioner, water pump, clutch plate, pressure plate, clutch release bearing, spigot bearing, clutch fork springs, nylatron washer, engine mountings and even a refurbished starter motor, every other bloody consumable you can think off. The fire extinguisher has been hidden away but the petrol can full with 5lt of the stuff and a box of matches are at the standby position just in case the frustration mode goes into overdrive and I give up.

 

John.

 

But i'm sure it will be fine this time.

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Wow, your engine and gearbox are nice and clean!

 

Nice paint job too.

 

Everything really does look tidy

 

:)

 

....and best of luck (step away from the accelerant)

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Wow, a positive comment thanks Gary. Guys you must be getting slack you have all gone quiet

 

. Now the serious bit and lets have some sensible answers guys, new engine turns over fine, static timing bang on, loads of spark and getting fuel she will offer to fire but just wont catch, two of the leads were a bit iffy so changed the lot and the dizzy cap and rotor arm, pulled the plugs and they were all fuelled up so binned them and replaced with nice new ones. The Mrs W who was doing the needful  with the ignition key while I was on the engine said that all the gauges were giving sporadic readings as in the needles were fluctuating. so come on all you boffins please give me a clue what to look at now.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

John.  

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so come on all you boffins please give me a clue what to look at now.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

John.

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Not to sure about the new Lotus shape, looks a bit of a porker.

very smart though.

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Hi Andy and thanks but done all that, even went and got a can of petrol just in case the gauge was giving a wrong reading and as for the leads have had them off and checked a few times.

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Try Easy start, I don't like it, but it soon tells you how close you are to it starting normally. Any sign of life under Easy start and you know you have the spark at roughly the right time.

You could also try removing the plugs, disable the AB14 so as to not damage that, turn the engine over a few times to disturb the air in the cylinders, then leave it for a while. That can help clear excessive fuel form the combustion chambers, which may have built up.

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Yep possible, is it a case of remove the distributor, turn one rotation then refit !

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Tried a squirt of easy start, no joy, got the details for the lummintion unit and double checked, No1 position where the blade should be 75% over the optical eye, correct. Now going to check on the earth to the distributor and all the other connections, getting spark at the leads but it's not the best I have seen, strange the engine came out of a car last week and I had it running for a couple of hours to check it all over before removing it, Starting to pull the hair out by the roots now guys and the petrol can complete with matches is getting ever closer.


Just had a terrible thought, when I built up the timing gear etc I fitted the new belt with everything on the marks as per the manuals, once the belt was on the bottom pulley and camshaft pulleys I fixed them secure with tye wraps as at that point I was waiting for my water pump gasket so the distributor sprocket was off. Now I cant remember if I set that one correctly as in a vertical line from the spot to the bottom pulley, if that is the case would I just merely have to set the flywheel and camshafts to TDC on the compression stroke again then fit the distributor to match then apply no1 plug to the firing position at where it would be indicated by the chopper blade location in relation to the eye.

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Yes, to your question.

The only difficulties you may face if you've misaligned the ignition sprocket are, leads are awkward to route because they have to cross, and, the cap is awkward to fit and remove as the clip is occluded when timed correctly. Beyond that, it doesn't really matter.

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