What did you do in the garage yesterday?

What did you do in the garage yesterday?

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baconsarney

10,684 posts

126 months

Wednesday 7th October 2020
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glow worm said:
So the Tuscan is now up on the ramp ... The question now is ..... To SORN or not to SORN the Tuscan for £150 is it worth it ???
No!! Or should that be yes? I mean don’t SORN it...
Some cracking days to come in the autumn for hooning smile maybe not too many but you want to be able to jump straight in it and go on a lovely crisp morning Autumn or Winter morning.... makes you feel like your living... it’s essential for mental wellbeing during these challenging times smile

x 7usc

1,376 posts

160 months

Friday 9th October 2020
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i spent yesterday afternoon pulling the engine out of the Chimaera ready to go off to be rebuilt

with the gearbox attached its a very long lump!!


phazed

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19,626 posts

169 months

Friday 9th October 2020
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It's a hell of a wiggle getting it out with the gearbox on! I'm not sure which way I prefer, gearbox on or off. Probably off now I've done it so many times!

What are you having done to the engine? Standard rebuild? Something else?

Here is my alternative method of lifting the engine out.



And one with the gearbox attached.



I'm glad that's all in the past now..................

Zener

17,848 posts

186 months

Friday 9th October 2020
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phazed said:
It's a hell of a wiggle getting it out with the gearbox on! I'm not sure which way I prefer, gearbox on or off. Probably off now I've done it so many times!

What are you having done to the engine? Standard rebuild? Something else?

Here is my alternative method of lifting the engine out.



And one with the gearbox attached.



I'm glad that's all in the past now..................
laugh prefer gearbox off personally its not like the box is hard to remove anyway , always did on my RWD Fords too

x 7usc

1,376 posts

160 months

Friday 9th October 2020
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phazed said:
It's a hell of a wiggle getting it out with the gearbox on! I'm not sure which way I prefer, gearbox on or off. Probably off now I've done it so many times!

What are you having done to the engine? Standard rebuild? Something else?

Here is my alternative method of lifting the engine out.



And one with the gearbox attached.



I'm glad that's all in the past now..................
Phazed that's pure genius! looks like we have the same lift so i will definitely remember that for the future, and gearbox off would have certainly been easier! (i tend to do everything the hard way)

in answer to your question the engine is off for top hat liners, probably new pistons and a general re condition. its staying 5ltr but will all be balanced up. Lightened flywheel, aftermarket ECU, new engine loom and new inlet manifold with independent throttle body's thrown in for good measure.

baconsarney

10,684 posts

126 months

Saturday 10th October 2020
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Mark, have you done a 'before' dyno? (and will you do an after) I've toyed with fitting ITB's for a while now, love the idea but struggled with the cost vs return.... (currently have ACT triple TB's on)

Thanks,
Richard

phazed

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169 months

Saturday 10th October 2020
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Sounds like you are going the whole hog mark.

Judging by other peoples modifications over the years, throttle bodies don’t give hugely different performance gains compared to a triple plenum. You will get cleaner running with the throttle bodies and possibly slightly better mpg but there is a cost not just in the throttlebody assembly but setting up with her filters and the general logistics of getting the set up correct. A triple plenum is just a bolt on the fair and of course cheaper!

Don’t get me wrong, they are a great thing and look fantastic!

Actual performance difference is marginal. If I remember correctly Ian Roses 5.3 Griff on throttle bodies had a couple more BHP than my 5.5 with a triple plenum. My 5.5 though had more torque.

I look forward to hearing about the modifications in due course. Good luck.

x 7usc

1,376 posts

160 months

Saturday 10th October 2020
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baconsarney said:
Mark, have you done a 'before' dyno? (and will you do an after) I've toyed with fitting ITB's for a while now, love the idea but struggled with the cost vs return.... (currently have ACT triple TB's on)

Thanks,
Richard
Hi Richard, a before Dyno wasn't really possible, see below, that's how it was when i bought it laugh
The engine is currently sitting in my van to go off to JE Developments


x 7usc

1,376 posts

160 months

Saturday 10th October 2020
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Hi Peter,
Yes the engine is toast anyway so im kind of starting from scratch with it, I've not made set in stone plans yet as i need to get it to John Eales and sit down and decide what we're going to do with it, its currently feeling very sorry for itself


phazed

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19,626 posts

169 months

Saturday 10th October 2020
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Ouch, well done toast!

I'm sure John will give you good advice that will soon add up, £££££ wink

x 7usc

1,376 posts

160 months

Sunday 25th October 2020
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Well ive been pretty busy in the garage since last visit, i now have a chassis, body and a pile of parts and about a 100 individual bags of nuts, bolts and various bits and bobs!!



baconsarney

10,684 posts

126 months

Sunday 25th October 2020
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x 7usc said:
Hi Peter,
Yes the engine is toast anyway so im kind of starting from scratch with it, I've not made set in stone plans yet as i need to get it to John Eales and sit down and decide what we're going to do with it, its currently feeling very sorry for itself

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Mark, You may need to get those cylinder bores honed before you fit new pistons.....

Just trying to be helpful here smile

x 7usc

1,376 posts

160 months

Sunday 25th October 2020
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baconsarney said:
Mark, You may need to get those cylinder bores honed before you fit new pistons.....

Just trying to be helpful here smile
Lol thanks Richard, yeah new top hat liners are being machined in before +20 oversize Omega pistons are installed thumbup

DangerousDerek

8,538 posts

185 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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18 days till race day,




phazed

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19,626 posts

169 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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Ouch! Was that at the pod Derek?

DangerousDerek

8,538 posts

185 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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phazed said:
Ouch! Was that at the pod Derek?
Last meet at Melbourne 2 weeks ago. It went in the burnout on the first run Saturday morning!

phazed

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169 months

Monday 26th October 2020
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'kin Ella Derek!

DangerousDerek

8,538 posts

185 months

Tuesday 27th October 2020
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phazed said:
'kin Ella Derek!
Oh and I overestimated the time I have. The meeting is the 7/8th so just 11 days. I tried pressing a new piston on the rod and pin myself using a 6 ton press and some ingenuity but am not happy I haven't damaged it. A racing mate James Murray is posting me to assembled 4.6 rods and pistons by special delivery today so watch this space!

phazed

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19,626 posts

169 months

Tuesday 27th October 2020
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Good luck with that Derek!

MuffDaddy

1,181 posts

170 months

Friday 30th October 2020
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Technically not in the garage and technically all week. Painted the pebble dash on the house. Horrible. Horrible job. But has saveed the two grand a decorator had quoted and will therefore cover the cost of the new ECU, or suspension, or something.