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Re: Mondo's Ongoing Engine Saga
« Reply #15 on: October 18, 2006, 14:10:56 PM »
I'm considering swapping the heads on these two engines so I can use my coilpack ignition instead of the distributor type on the replacement motor. Also my head was fairly new last year (apparently)!

Is this worth doing or am I making work for myself here??

Also, would I need to get my head skimmed even though it hasn't overheated or blown it's gasket or anything?

Oh yeah, I appear to have a very thick drivebelt on my current Redtop (think it's to do with the PAS) but the motor out of this J reg doesn't have this belt as far as I recall - is it a simple job to just swap all the gubbins from my engine to the one going in?!

God, I sound like I know nothing at all here...!  :-[
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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2006, 17:57:37 PM »
God, I sound like I know nothing at all here...!  :-[

'I know nuffink...' ;D

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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2006, 17:59:25 PM »
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« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2006, 01:24:02 AM »
The Belts are unchangeable as the steering pump from a 92 onwards redtop (uses single multigroove belt) does not fit onto the pre 92 blocks (uses 2 belts) as they moved the bolt holes by 6 mm to the right.

With all the work you are going to do, it would be more straight forward to swap the engine and looms over.  You can leave the Gearbox in, quite easy too.

The exterior engine block casting is completely different so I just found out.

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« Reply #19 on: October 19, 2006, 09:46:30 AM »
The engine that's in my car is a 1993 and the engine going in is a 1992 version...

This car's seriously starting to wind me up now!
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« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2006, 10:11:39 AM »
I wouldn't bother mix n matching parts, you'll only end up with nothing. Swap the lot over.

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« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2006, 10:19:35 AM »
How easy is the wiring loom to remove and refit then? You're probably one of the best people to answer this as you've just done it on your car, haven't you?
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« Reply #22 on: October 19, 2006, 10:24:19 AM »
The wiring loom is really easy, u can't plug anything in where its not meant to go as all the sockets are different.

I've done it, it turns over, only problem I have is that I didnt connect up 3 connectors in the foot well and so its not powering the fuel pump but hopefully today I shall sort that.

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« Reply #23 on: October 19, 2006, 10:26:25 AM »
Is the wiring loom for the engine/ECU seperate from the rest of the electrical system or will I have to swap EVERYTHING from the donor car to mine??
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« Reply #24 on: October 19, 2006, 10:30:17 AM »
Yup its basically made up of three parts, 2 engine parts, and 1 loom for headlamps and other in car electrics.

All you have to do is pull the ECU through the bulk head and follow it, removing the plugs as you go a long, easy!

After that, behind the battery u'll see a big twist type socket, undo this and it will seperate the engine electrics from the car loom.

Thats pretty much all the wiring stuff done.


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« Reply #25 on: October 19, 2006, 10:33:12 AM »
Sounds do-able!

Right, next query then: when I checked this donor car out, there didn't seem to be much pressure in the radiator hoses when the engine was running and there was the smallest of small hints of white on the oil filler cap... do we think the head gasket's either gone or on it's way out or could it be because the car's been stood since around June...?
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« Reply #26 on: October 19, 2006, 10:35:47 AM »
thats probably just where the car has been sat for a long time. Can you not fire it up and take it for a drive?

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« Reply #27 on: October 19, 2006, 10:40:39 AM »
I've had it running but it's undrivable cos the clutch has gone. It's got 131,000 miles on it but it's not making any nasty smoke and it's pretty quiet too... oil pump works too cos it was spitting oil out when I had the filler cap off!

The white in the filler cap was a tiny tiny little wisp of it... wondered if it might just be condensation or not...

It seemed quite happy running and started first turn of the key despite being stood for so long. It was just the lack of pressure in the hoses that worried me a little bit...
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« Reply #28 on: October 19, 2006, 10:50:27 AM »
It'll be ok once its been getting used again.

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« Reply #29 on: October 19, 2006, 10:58:04 AM »
Looks like I'm swapping wiring looms over then!

Cheers Wayne, you've been a massive help! Consider yourself applauded!
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