I bought an extra can of carb cleaner today so I spent a good 30mins cleaning out the idle control valve and the air flow meter. Loads of horrible black gunk came out of both! Hopefully that will have sorted the slightly rough idle I had on the engine.
If not then I’ll be ordering a new blue temp sensor! Only time will tell once the engine is in a state where I can fire it up again!
Slightly off topic, but I thought I would see what the BMC air box sounds like that I bought for the Sportster. So I hooked it up to my daily driver this weekend for a laugh! Here’s the results:
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On the Sportster I will be using the cold air feed pipe with will reduce the noise a little bit – but will get nice cold air in the engine!
I didnt go for a drive because of the ‘mad max’ style installation!
Not much happening at the moment but the engine is back in. While the car is on its wheels and it was not raining on Saturday I took it out on the drive and set the toe in.
Gear box/diff oil and brake fluid has arrived today. Courtesy of the oil man (Guy/Simon) at Opie Oils
It has been a while since our last update. In that time we have taken the engine out to do some work that can not be done while it’s in place. This includes the radiator mounting, clutch pipe, brake pipes and fuel pipes. Fuel pipes still need to be done but the rest is complete. The radiator is now in place along with all the brake and clutch pipes. We have made our own mounts for the radiator as the Marlin ones wouldn’t work with electric fan – not enough room for it. There are pictures of the Marlin mounts and our custom ones on the construction section.
A lot of new parts through including a full set of disks and pads, alternator mounting bracket, Z4 3.0ltr shift level, and various O rings for the engine all from motormec.co.uk. Also in fuel pipe, battery clamp, kill switch, light switch, and various other bits from Car Builder Solutions (nfauto.co.uk). We’ve got to be almost there for parts now!
Finally a comparison between shift levels original on the bottom, Z3 1.9 in the middle and Z4 3.0ltr (early model part number) at the top. The Z4 has the shortest shift of all of them.
Test fit of engine. Got bored waiting for steering rack so we thought we’d “chuck” the engine in and see how it fits – very nicely from the look of it. The gearbox mount bracket is a bit off so its being held up with a jack until that’s bent in to the right shape and had one hole moved a bit.
The restoration of old parts and generally making them look nice continued today. Also installed the new clutch. New pictures are up (paint is still wet though) Click me
3 new pictures today! One very shiny rocker cover, now polished and painted black. Inlet manifold slowly cleaning up. Not sure how much more I will do on this one. Click me
The engine is slowly coming together bit by bit. Taken the inlet manifold off, cleaned up the throttle body with Carb/Injector cleaner – Click me