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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #345 on: Sunday,October 22, 2017, 11:55:33 AM »
Delighted yesterday that the timing chain cover was surprisingly easy to remove. I bought an endoscope camera off eBay for £20 that connects to an iPad. I was able to see the leake with the engine running and it was clearly leaking from the rubber seal at the top. So fresh rubber seal, gaskets and some sealant and hopefully I can get this running by next weekend without quite some much oil gushing out.

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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #346 on: Sunday,October 22, 2017, 11:02:03 PM »
Well that's good news, at least you know where you're going with it now and a new gasket plus a bit of patience will sort that one out. On the endoscope, it's amazing what technology you can get these days for very little money. Back in the 80s I remember chatting with our inspection engineer about the possibility of buying "one of these fibre optic things" and finding it was well out of the works annual inspection budget !

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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #347 on: Sunday,November 19, 2017, 05:17:16 AM »
After sealing the timing chain cover and tightening the sump I discovered a damaged thread on the bottom of the timing chain cover and consequently couldn't  tighten the sump.  Having sealed it all up I was loathed to dismantle it all again. So I took a short break, for my mental health. Then I purchased a new  M8 tap with extra long ratchet tool and re threaded the cover in situ. The bolt tightened up nicely yesterday and I got the engine running  without checking out oil everywhere. Hoping to send her off for tuning next week.

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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #348 on: Sunday,November 19, 2017, 09:05:24 AM »
So I took a short break, for my mental health.

 :)  been there, done that !  It really is the best policy to simply walk away for a while. It's different if you're doing these things for a living, but a hobby should always be fun; get you thinking, yes, raise your blood pressure...  no !

It sounds like you're almost there, have you MoT'd it yet or is that joy still to come ?

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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #349 on: Sunday,November 19, 2017, 11:59:20 PM »
it’s surprising how a ‘big’ issue can be thought through once you take a step back...
I’m glad to hear that it all went well
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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #350 on: Thursday,November 23, 2017, 03:36:57 PM »
She went off to a specialist tuner this week.  Hopefully next week she’s going straight to an MOT Garage. And then I can finish the last bits of trim and she’s ready for spring.
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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #351 on: Thursday,November 30, 2017, 12:55:45 PM »
Tuning specialist rang me today. He found so many faults, he said it was a miracle I ever got her running.  A little disappointed that he found 4 faults in the fully reconditioned Weber carb and two faults in the fully reconditioned distributor. Jobs which I paid others to do.  Anyhow she’s running beautifully and is ready to be collected tomorrow and is then going to a local Garage for a couple of jobs and hopefully MOT.
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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #352 on: Thursday,November 30, 2017, 11:14:33 PM »
Hmm, it's disappointing to hear things like that, especially when you had decided to give the job to a specialist with more knowledge/experience. But it might just have been minor faults like adjustment and hopefully all that will be sorted by now.

Looking forward to the MoT result, with a car as clean as that I think you might just scrape a pass.....   ;)

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Re: ELSE Europa restoration 2015 -2017
« Reply #353 on: Friday,December 01, 2017, 07:25:42 AM »
 Well Done. Good luck with the MoT. I’ve just taken the last few bits off the body so I can start prepping that. A long way to go yet!