it would be back last spring, that I introduced myself...
My brother had just given me a wide body Ti:
To be honest, I have not done as much as I would of liked this year as I have been working on the house and trying to finish off my 'better half's Austin A30, which to be honest is more rust than metal and turning out to be a bigger challenge than first expected.
But still, I have managed to make a start on a few bits and bobs here and there, like taking the doors off and rebuilding the bottoms that were completely shot.
Hopefully, over the break, I will get the chance to do a little more work on the Sud and put some thought into the main elements of the project, which now leads me to a couple of questions.
I realise that the most likely answer will be 'it depends' and 'you need to work out....' but any thoughts you guys had would certainly guide my thoughts.
The Sud came with two engines, one in the car...and one out :-) My brother reckons it was running up to the time it was layed up. The engine that is in the car has Del Ortos, the engine on my workshop floor has Webers. It is presumed that the Del Ortos are (or were) OK, although are likely to need an overhaul and certainly a clean. The Webers are dirty, but look OK, but are an unknown quantity.
The question is: What are the pros and cons to both carbs? Should I change them right away? Should I work towards it later? Or should I just stick with the Del Ortos?
Any thoughts would be appreciated. Yes, pulling the whole engine and replacing with a 1.7 injection engine would be nice, but most probably a project for the future
My brother reckons that the only issue he had with the engine that is currently in the car was that one of the exhaust manifold joins was blowing. He suspected that the nut or the stud had threaded. So far, on looking, it looks like all the nuts are there, but have not dared put a spanner to them as they are all pretty rusty and I am scared of making it all worse. My brother suggested taking the heads off the 'spare engine' and using those.... I can see some sense in that, but as soon as I start thinking about that, I wonder if it makes more sense to get the whole engine out and then work out what is happening. Others have recommended just starting the engine up....working out which pipe is blowing...and just attacking that one.
So the questions are: What is the best way forwards with this? Any advice on getting the very rusted manifold nuts off, without shearing or breaking the studs? Would it make sense to plan to remove the engine anyway? or as I will have to remove the pipes anyway, should I get the pipes off and then review the situation? I presume it isn't possible to remove the heads with the manifolds still attached? If there is a spinning/broken stud, then does just dropping in another head off the other engine make sense? or best to remove the head and replace the stud? or better to just swap the engine over and try the other one?
Lots of questions I know....but if anyone has got any advice on how best to work out what is the easiest or at least, the most pragmatic way forwards, I would love to hear your thoughts.