made a bit of progress today.
Finally after dropping the trailer back down to Maidstone, that the previous owner of the car lent me, I now feel that I can start to get on with my project. Having cleared this final job related to the car and not having to worry about someone pinching it off the driveway - I now feel the car is actually mine, with no vices attached. The car is currently in a friends garage, so don't know how long that is going to last. His house is for sale so I am hoping the property market really slows locally
So.... on to progress.
Got the car out of the garage and thought first job is to get it running. It did run when I bought it but it was rough and didn't idle. That was about a month ago. Took a whole lot of effort to start it. So, changed the starter motor - made sod all difference. It did eventually start with the GTA battery connected to the 33 and the engine running on the GTA.
When it did fire up, it was smokey at both ends. There is one of those bottles in the engine bay to collect fumes - why do people do that - is it where the fumes are not being fed back into the intake....? Is there a sensible reason for this, surely it is just easier to feed them back into the combustion side of things and keep things simple by dumping them down the exhaust - or is that unwise????
The car will not idle on its own. So a friend gave me a replacement 16v airbox, but 2 of the 10mm nuts had snapped off, so I need to drill and tap them before I can try and add the idle control valve back in and see if that will make it idle. In getting it to start I had to pull out the spark plugs and they were quite oiled. Took me the best part of an hour to extract, clean, put back in, but it was that that made it possible for it to start. I have a feeling the wiring is poor and this is perhaps leading to the crap cranking, so may run whole new cables from the battery to the starter motor as well as some other places. Need to make a long list of parts I need. Let's see.
1. Race battery - heavy duty cranking - but small and light.
2. Both near side doors - Shrew, have you got a pair in a dark colour that are not bashed.
3. Near side rear wing, probably better to fit a new one than try and repair the bashed corner.
4. Replacement engine as a spare - GOT (need to go and collect)
5. Alfa 75 front bumper - choice of 2 available
6. New set of spark plugs to replace the fouled set that are in it.
7. Number plates - GOT
8. Pipes and bits that are missing from the idle device to the throttle bodies - GOT
Here are some photos from today:
I have a decent set of wheels that will go on it so if anyone needs this set I am happy to part with them.
Going to decide whether to swap engines and put the spare one in that is coming. That way I may have an engine that I can just use with the intention of getting an MOT and then take the race engine apart and see why it is a bit smokey - could it be just that with fouled plugs there is a less than perfect combustion? I would like to give it a good run - but without and MOT that is going to be a problem.
The plan is to get it running and in whatever state it is to take it to the MOT man and get him to do me a long list of the jobs that need doing. That way I can focus on a list and work them down.
First item will be a crack in the screen - in the drivers sight line - boring. Will see if it will repair, or may have to fit the spare screen I have.
Also, going to cut out the roll cage bars on the driver's side. Not sure if I will take out all the door bars, may try and leave the diagonal in and then just see how much of a pain it is sliding over it on a regular basis.
Roll on long evening so that I can make some decent progress.