just to emphasize how "brilliant" the empi stuff is....
this is an engine that i fitted tonight, freshly built up with new pistons/bareels & heads.
the manifolds are empi, built for the vw flat 4.
you may notice the cable tie holding the vaccuum hose in for the brake servo (not standard on type2 vans, a brake servo is an aftermarket addition!), this is beacuse the jubilee type clips on previously were wearing through the spark plug lead and shorting out on the old engine!
so plastic cable ties have sorted that issue, but the real problem..
the engine was built up without having the spark plugs installed, don't know why
i didn't build this one up.
but the issue came when you tried to fit a plug socket in to tighten the forward plugs (numbered stupidly too, not in line like the alfa flat 4
) as you cannot get the socket in for the pipe fitting.
so you're faced with 2 options, take out the pipe fitting from the manifold each time you want to change the plugs or do like i did, undo the 2 manifold stud nuts and lift the whole thing out of the way! brilliant design!!!
reason for moving the manifold and not un-doing the fitting is i don't trust how many times that threaded fitting would like to come out before there are no threads left in the manifold....
the picture doesn't show it that well but the spark plug points directly at the pipe and there is simply no room around the tinware
this will be a frequent visitor for servicing despite being from london so when it comes in again i will be busy with other stuff
and on a totally frustrating note you just won't believe how cheap the parts are to rebuild these engines
how about a set of mahle pistons with NEW barrels, rings etc the lot for about the same price as i paid for a set of just piston rings for my 16V