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Got a strange ticking blowing sound from the rear now - specifically manifold area - can't see anything as it's too hot and the towers obscure the view. I ain't sticking my hand there while it's as hot as it is.

im sure it's blowing from the manifold at the top. Can't see any cracks - maybe it's a stud disappeared ??

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Lots of bits now have arrived - awaiting some stainless bolts. well pleased with the powder coating I picked up today - just sanded off the fins and feeling happy even the old manifold

Chargecooler not stripped enough apparently - and I don’t want it blast cleaned Not sure the missus shared my enthusiasm tonight

Van dropped off for service and a load of warranty work this morning. whipped back home - adjusted exhaust. Checked and double checked everything. connected battery, ignition on and off a fe

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Mate - it's proper strange. Really sounds like it - but couldn't find any blows when me and my mate looked this morning. He had keen eyes and spotted a plug lead sparking onto the plate by the turbo - I hadn't seen that. We both concluded the sound sounded like it was coming from under the chargecooler.

now wondering if it's a bad lead. But strangely the car really doesn't sound like it's running on 3 or even running badly - it's a wee bit more uneven - which improved by pulling the lead away from the plate slightly - but this loud ticking/blowy sound was still present......

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Whip out your hose stethoscope.  You'll soon find it.

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British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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I will go hunting later in the week. I have a few days of grief first.

i am now expecting good news rather than manifold news.....

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Nope - I'm right and wrong. Manifold is complete with no holes..... gasket is not so.

what a bitch of a job getting that off is gonna be. Nuts and studs look stainless - but there's a lot of rotted sh1t build up round them. 

That manifold ain't going back on no matter how serviceable it is 

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4 and one that's snapped makes 5 ....I hate this car so much at times.

I have simply given up - a few hours and I'm so pssed off with the thing.

engines coming out. Gonna do belts, service and manifold whilst giving it a clean and painting the red bits.

Hate is too nice a word

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And mountings, clutch/flywheel, all hoses...

Did anyone mention fuel tanks?

And since you'll be having the deck off, maybe a nice pair of titanium hinges.

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British Fart to Florida, Nude to New York, Dunce to Denmark, Numpty to Newfoundland.  And Shitfaced Silly Sod to Sweden.

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I will confess - I was very close to sacking the whole thing off yesterday and just buying something else.......

Had a new clutch not very long ago - when I did the gearbox.......

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Exhaust off, driveshafts split, gearbox drained, boot floor removed, crossmember out, mountings undone, exhaust mountings off, gearlinkages disconnected, slave cyclinder off.

exhaust manifold ordered, new belts and service bits on a growing list

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Alunox all the way - I ain't struggling again with a manifold on this car. The one on there is actually ok I think - but it's a bit of a ticking time bomb and if I've gotta rip the lump out I only want to do it once. Im actually firm that I'm gonna keep this car. I reckon with a stainless manifold it'll sound even better than @swindon_alan trusty v8.

prorata - it's twice as expensive to remove a 4pot lump than a v8 one if you amortise the cost over the cylinders  :lol:

Blue gates belt also on the shopping list. Looking at bits I'm pulling off - I'm gonna be busy painting or sneaking off to the powder coaters.

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