Is the 3.0 a "rev happy" engine or has it had a fast road Cam form EMC racing (sticker in back window) ?
It blue smokes once revving after tick over - valve seals ?
Smells of "over fueling" once red lined or on tick over
Fuel pump sounds quite loud
Couple of "knock" at rear -propshaft or suspension ?
Bit of a pain to get into First but has a new clutch - just rod adjustment ?
Is this MAJOR work or quite easy to sort.
Apart from that I totally love the car - if only it had a bigger boot I could get rid of the 156 SW
I did wonder about the cams as it doesn't deliver its pwer in the way I would have expected a big 12v v6 would do but I don't have any further info about that.
Blue Smoke. It sounds like you're driving it harder than I did which is why I'm not aware of it doing that. It did 'smoke' to a degree if it didn't start 1st time but I thought that was unburnt fuel rather than oil.
I've been running it on 10w60 as per Argutti's advice. Have you had to top it up and what did you top it up with?
The fueling was always something we found difficult to get right. It was definately over fueling when I first got it. You may be right about it running lean mid rev range but the colour of the plugs suggested it wasn't that far off either way.
Maybe the noisy fuel pump has something to do with it all, I definately wasn't aware of that being noisy so it's something that has developed recently. If its overfueling that could cause bore wash and may explain the blue smoke? What does the oil smell like?
I've not checked the propshaft donuts recently, they were fine when I changed the clutch though and there is a spare in that box of spares I gave you IF it is the cause.
I know the front gearbox mounts are OK as I've replaced them, I have no reason to think the rear gearbox mount will have failed so it's unlikely to be this.
My prime suspect would be the exhaust as it runs very close to the rear drive shafts. I have had it off and we have tried to give it more clearance but it just ends up tight against something else.
1st gear reluctance.
It's always been like that. It's apparently fitted with a quick shift so maybe this has something to do with it?