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post #41 of 49 (permalink) Old 10-03-2017, 20:44
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^ probably just paranoia with all those new bits

Out of interest, how long do you think would it take to fit new valve guide seals and relap valves in a 16v K head? I'm probably taking mine off and I have the seals, so it seems rude not to as they're 17 years old now. Problem is I suspect it will take ages as I did an 8v head last year and that was quite time consuming.

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post #42 of 49 (permalink) Old 11-03-2017, 20:29 Thread Starter
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With the guides the machine shop initially said an afternoon, but that's if you have all the equipment to do it properly I guess. Unless the guides are actually worn or cracked like mine were then I wouldn't bother because you won't gain anything. As for the valves I have lapped new sets in a couple of hours before now, it should only take a few mins on each valve, it's more the testing for leaks and cleaning up the grinding paste after which takes the time.
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Sorry I read that wrong...
For changing the seals and lapping the valves I'd say an afternoon, 4 or 5 hours gives you plenty of time, about 2 to 3 hours cutting valves and cleaning the head, half hour to change the seals and an hour and a half to find your tools and drink tea lol
I think it's good to refresh the head every few years anyway, it's quite surprising when you test an old head to see how much the valves leak, and it's so satisfying to test again once you finished and it doesn't leak a bit.
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Well I had a spare 5 mins today so I decided to have a look at my ticking noise. As suspected it is the exhaust manifold blowing, there is even a soot mark on it where it is blowing so that's a relief. I have the gasket, it's just getting the time to do it. I checked the plugs for good measure and they are all tight, I checked all my oils and coolant and everything was on the correct level so overall I'm a happy bunny.
Now just need to get a chance to change the gasket and belts when the kids let me lol.
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Well I finally managed to get round to replacing my manifold gasket this weekend. I changed the alternator and steering belt at the same time.
Curiously enough the fire ring on the gasket had failed. I fitted the new gasket which was the same make as the last one and the fire ring was about twice the thickness. Maybe I just had a poor batch.
Either way it's like heaven, I can drive the car now with the window open and there is no annoying tick tick tick every time I accelerate...
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How's your luck... went to my local spares shop today and was chatting about how reliable the van has been since I repaired it. Went outside, tried to start it, click, nothing. Tried again, click. Click. Click.
Great.
I know it wasn't the battery cos it's new. Tried giving the starter a tap with a ratchet I had in the back, click click. Some random bloke walks past and shouts you need a bigger hammer mate...
I laughed and replied just a hammer would be a good start...
He offered to turn the key while I tapped the starter, success!
Started on the first try. Said thanks to the random man and drove home.
Got home turned the van off, tried to start it again, click, click, click. Starter still sticking...
Phoned the spares shop I was just at and accused the owner of jinxing me and cursing my van...
Anyway they order up a new starter and it should be in tomorrow.
There is always something lol...
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Well I finally got round to fitting my new starter this afternoon. Didn't take long, whipped the old one out, new one in, connected the battery back up, jumped in the car, turned the key and...
Nothing.
Not even a click.
Here we go I thought, imagining blown fuses or duff starter...
I looked back under the bonnet, the spade terminal to the starter felt a bit loose, I took it off, squeezed it together and refitted it. Jumped back in the car and it started on the button.
Finally...
It spins over a lot faster now too, I think the old starter may have been on its way out for a while as it never spun over this well, even with a new battery last year.
At least it's back on the road again.
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Great to see there's another 160 saved. I am no mechanic but managed a head strip and rebuild on my 160 over Xmas. How bad was retiming the vvc mech as this was the only part I chickened out of lol.

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