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    Sure as hell does! I love this thread. Look at that work of art!


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    Spent yesterday (Wednesday 28th) taking the car apart ready to remove the engine. I managed to do everything except remove the drive shafts in an afternoon. A friend is coming over on Sunday with an engine hoist to help finish the removal.







    With the unpredictable british weather and limited days off I had to make do with the best of what I had, but when it comes to paint work that can become abit tricky. All I had was a dusty and cold garage to spray in, with the help of a heat gun I managed to pull off a reasonable finish.







    We decided on BMW Atlantis Blue







    Unfortunately I didn't have the time to properly fit it to the engine but couldn't resist a quick photo







    Depending on the time and available daylight, I'm hoping to get the remaining brackets etc removed from the engine bay once the engine has been removed and have the whole bay degreased and rinsed. This will be the decider whether the engine bay gets painted or not, although it probably will because theres a scabby patch on the drivers side which is in plain sight Would be a shame to fit this engine and the shitty engine bay lets it down.



    Oh and I need to vent my anger with the courier MyHermes. Purchased a Janspeed Manifold and exhaust system from a known breaker at the end of September. It should have been delivered on the 17th Oct, it went back to the depot and no updates happened. They're now saying its damaged and are refusing to deliver it, been instructed to contact the seller. Contacted him and it seems almost impossible to get through to them.... *sigh* They're also refusing the give me the local depot details so I can collect (found out where they are, and are litually 5 minutes down the road)

    I reeeeeally don't want to refit the stock manifold but until its resolved it looks like I'll have to

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    So an update on the MyHermes nightmare....

    The tracking showed the parcel was unable to be delivered and to contact the seller. Spoke to the seller who had rung them and was told the packaging was damaged. He struggled to get back in contact so I tried, to which they were quite reluctant on passing on any info at the beginning. Turns out it had arrived at my local depot with the packaging damaged and THE WHOLE EXHAUST was missing!

    I updated the seller and I received a refund almost instantly, I can't fault him for that, it was beyond our control

    The exhaust was the last piece of the puzzle for the engine swap,especially as its one of the first things you see when you open the bonnet. So I contacted Eden at Gizfab and asked what the lead time was for one of his 4-2-1 Manifolds, which is 4-5 weeks. The manifold and front pipe were more money than the complete system I had originally purchased, but this is made from scratch and will be a much better quality stainless than the Janspeed. This gives me plenty of time to get the swap going and luckily its the last thing I need to fit. Here are some photos from their Facebook page.











    Last sunday my friend came over to help remove the engine, it all went pretty smoothly to be honest. Removing 90% of the parts a few days prior certainly saved us alot of time, especially while dodging the rain showers.







    Remembering where everything goes will be a task in itself...haha







    Heres the rust patch I mentioned in the previous post. I thought about fitting an oil catch can, but the inlet/outlets are facing the other side of the bay which isnt ideal. I started off with a degrease and rinse to see what I was facing and it cleaned up pretty well. Thats until it dried and I was left with this















    There must have been something on the surface because the rest of the engine bay was fine. It would scratch off with my finger nail, but that affected area was very smooth, my finger would skate across with hardly any effort. I was limited with what products to try, the first was vinegar...nope...next was brake cleaner....nope. Hmm.....

    I wanted to avoid painting the rusty area for the fear of not being able to match the red, but this was now the reason to do it. I sanded the area with 150 grit wet and dry and it removed this weird degreaser 'stain' and also helped remove the loose corrosion. Various grades of wet and dry sandpaper later the area was now prepped ready to be treated. Once treated and everything masked off it was time to paint.



    I went with Holts Simoniz Tough satin black for 2 reasons. The first was the satin finish would contrast nicely against the gloss black and silver engine. The second being I used the gloss black version to paint all the parts for the engine, so I know the coverage and finish was going to be very good.

    Here are a couple more photos before the degrease











    A couple of coats later and its looking pretty good. The outside temperate was dropping as the sun was setting, so I didnt have much time.











    Theres a few patches that need another pass over, one or two areas will be quite tricky to get to, mainly behind the brake servo







    Yes I'm aware I've missed a bit above the steering rack, but you're not going to see it ;)







    Theres a couple of runs here and there but it was never going to be mint lol



    Today (06/11/20) I collected the flywheel from the machine shop, a very fast turn around which was nice.

    Next up is to paint the gearbox, once that's done I need to get the engine back in on the mounts which will be the hardest part for me. Everything else can be done as and when.

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    Spent a few more hours on the spare engine yesterday.



    As a temporary measure I painted the stock exhaust manifold in VHT Black and half fitted the alternator (may have lost the lower bolt oops)







    Rocker cover and coilpacks fitted (very happy with the colour choices)







    Refitted some of the coolant and fuel hoses. I need to order some replacements as a couple got cut during the initial removal by a friend. He thought they were the same as the 1.0, turns out they're different.















    The gearbox got a lick of paint too. The original plan was to paint it Smooth Black to match the bottom end and sump, but with the engine bay being black too I needed some more contrast







    I've got a new crankshaft sensor to fit too which will be refitted once the engine and box are back in the car




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    So today was finally the day we get the engine back into the engine bay,woohoo!

    The first job was to get the engine on the hoist and bolt up the flywheel,clutch and gearbox. Followed by the starter motor (forgot to clean/paint this oops! but you can't see it luckily), engine to gearbox braces and the battery/alternator/starter motor wiring loom.



    With the front and side mounts bolted in place we jacked the driver side up to gain alittle more access to the central brace to re-attach including the rear gearbox mount and gear selector.



    Next up was the wiring loom. Unfortunately without extending and tucking there's not much you can do with this. We started off by plugging in the coilpacks and injectors and fitted the rest as we worked down the loom.

    I'll be trying to tidy it up a little bit more, I may be able to move some stuff and cable tie it in a different position. I won't know until I start I guess



    New fuel filter fitted and the removal of the carbon canister (just need to sort the last remaining hose) helps tidy up that corner. Battery tray was also refitted but need to give the fuse box a good clean.



    Can't do much with the brake servo or PAS lines so that corner will have to stay as it is. I'll look into a replacement PAS reservoir as they all discolour and look crap. Failing that I'll see if I can find one of those sock covers big enough to cover it up.



    Driveshafts have been refitted too. Passenger side inner joint had no grease, it was more like really thin oil. That was cleaned out, both inner boots repacked with fresh grease and new clips.

    The top slam panel and front brace needs to be painted

    Awaiting delivery of a lower radiator mount rubber, PCV seal for the rocker cover and a coolant hose. Once they're here I can refit the radiator (purchased a new one for an Auto which are slightly thicker than the Manual ones), adjust the throttle and clutch cables and refill all of the fluids.

    Then fingers crossed it doesnt leak fuel,oil or coolant on start up lol

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    Everything looks pristine except for that reservoir.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent☣Orange View Post
    Everything looks pristine except for that reservoir.
    The PAS reservoir is being sorted, Im waiting for parts to arrive That'll be covered in a couple of updates time

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    Sunday 22nd November



    Spent a couple of hours in the afternoon on the car. Unfortunately I couldnt do much until parts arrive but I managed to tick off a few smaller jobs



    Fuse box and plugs cleaned
    Battery tray fixed down
    Battery earth fitted
    Earth points cleaned to bare metal and fitted
    Coolant hose/wiring clips fitted
    Alternator tensioned
    Exhaust manifold bolted up to front pipe
    Slam panel loosely fitted
    Label cable tie tags removed
    Injector and Coilpack plugs cleaned
    Wiper motor refitted





    Today Wednesday 25th November



    It was certainly a roller-coaster of a day *sigh*

    Finished painting the top of the Slam panel
    Filled the gearbox with fluid
    Fitted the radiator, fan and hoses

    Laid on the floor to tighten the last jubilee clip, noticed the floor was wet. Gearbox oil was pissing out because the driveshafts weren't pushed in all the way 🤦 Threw some sand down to help soak it up



    Removed and refitted the driveshafts, made a nice 'pop' as I pushed it in this time round. Refilled with another litre of fluid and so far no more leaks 🤞🤞
    Refitted the radiator (was easier to refill with it out of the way). Also fitted the new coolant expansion tank



    Next wednesday should see the last remaining jobs done and hopefully its first start up

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