I believe I’ll be using my 50 yr old ones
Most likely this one was not original. It would have been installed around 15 years and 50k miles ago. I’ve heard about issues with the repros failing and sure don’t want this to happen again. Do you have any suggestions?
This incident trashed the main bearings and scored the crank. The plus side is pistons, bores, and rods appear to be fine. Another plus, all of the other work, including a proactive rebuild of the 5 speed, that can be done with the engine out.
And, yup Erica & Steve. If I had an original, I’d sure put it in. I wouldn’t be too surprised if the bond between the backing plate and the rubber shoe on an aftermarket part just failed. Early in life I had experience molding pvc to steel in the auto industry and it wasn’t an easy thing to get right. In this case it looks like the fit between the cylinder and the backing plate must have been very loose, as the cylinder protruded through the opposite face of the plate and the bond wasn’t strong enough to hold the rubber in place. Of course, maybe the shoe fell off before the cylinder moved.
As far as the noise, it wasn’t a quiet engine, but I guess I must have gotten used to it. I’m getting hard of hearing too.
The better usuals are aware of the Rolon issues and should have alternatives on offer. I’d suggest having a one on one telephone conversation with one of their sales reps before purchasing a replacement. It’s not that all Rolons fail - there are many rebuilt engines, including mine, with them installed - but their annectdotal failure rate is high. When I pull the timing cover this summer to address the repop upper timing chain damper failure I’ll be putting back the original lower damper.
How did the debris make it past the filter to the crank bearings?
There was a thread about this last year. Apparently the best brand to look for is Renold but it doesn’t have a 100% perfect record either. Rolon has many well known failures though
I’m thinking the bearing damage was caused by lack of oil pressure from the trashed pump, not from any debris. I was 1500 miles from home when I started seeing the fluctuations. I sorta taped over the idiot light and hoped I’d make it. I’ve never done that in my Ferrari. I’m sure it would be just too expensive.
Thanks for the information and link.
My goal for this car is issue free, long distance travel.
Thanks for your suggestion Nick. I’ll do that.
Ah yes of course, I was not thinking that through.
Radiator out, suspected leak, so it will be tested and if necessary re-cored. Radiator had to be moved anyway to allow …
Steering rack removed. Near side (left or passenger side in Blighty) rack bush is worn. Really not looking forward to replacing that little puppy!
All the fasteners for the rack were grunched, so they’ll need replacing, and several hoses on the radiator were shot, more replacements.
While everything is out of the way, I can clean up the front end of the engine frames and engine. Deep joy!
As some of the Aussies might say… NOICE!!!
Do they leak ? ? ? ? ? ?
Nope… Not yet…
I resisted, but oh, NO! Not Ole…
Just be thankful Lucas doesn’t make electrically heated socks.
I moved it. Unfortunately, not all the way home yet. Getting closer. Getting the E out of its spot at the front of my friend’s (the seller) shop is a bit like one of those sliding tile puzzles I could never do as a kid. This one involved shuffling around the E, an MGC and a Facel Vega. I only had one set of car skates, so it also involved repeated jacking and lowering of vehicles to swap the skates between vehicles. We did manage to get it almost to the back door, blocked only by a trailer full of junk. With our harsh winter, there’s also a big ice ridge outside the back door. Maybe next weekend it will make it home.
A bit of progress on the Low Drag…
In fitting the lenses I noticed I didnt have any small rubber washers, these provide a soft landing for the lens against the base and keep a little tension on the screw to prevent them coming undone. Looking on line I found well known suppliers wanted £1.08 each plus shipping and VAT at 20%!. I made all 12 of them using a leather punch and drill in about 10 minutes.
That is one awesome car you’re building Pat. Respect (& envy).
- What is the fourth small bottle (under the three) ?
- Made in “Germania” ?
The fourth bottle is a breather catch reservoir. The 3 bottles above are connected via breather tubes venting into the lower bottle. Thats one of next weeks jobs.