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Forum: performance & modifications Yesterday, 04:57 PM
Replies: 28
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Posted By JohnMc
Mine got a bit quieter when I replaced the hard...

Mine got a bit quieter when I replaced the hard shifter knob with a leather covered plastic one.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 106
Posted By JohnMc
So it's not a stack height issue. Easy to...

So it's not a stack height issue.

Easy to narrow down a valve stem height issue.

Past that, I guess I'd just measure the amount each valve is going up and down. And see if 3 & 6 are going up...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 106
Posted By JohnMc
Another possibility is a receded valve or two in...

Another possibility is a receded valve or two in the head? Lay a flat edge along all the valve tips and see if any poke out more than the others. They don't have to be exact (that's why the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 106
Posted By JohnMc
If they're moving up and down, then it's not very...

If they're moving up and down, then it's not very likely that they'd be hanging up on the last bit of travel.

Has the head been shaved? At the other 6 valves *close* to their adjuster's limits,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 01:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 106
Posted By JohnMc
Not quite following what you are saying. Are 3...

Not quite following what you are saying. Are 3 and 6 moving up and down, just a bit too tight, even with the adjuster backed all the way off? Or when you say they are sticking, they're not moving?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance Yesterday, 11:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 70
Posted By JohnMc
Seems fine. They use a big squishy bushing there...

Seems fine. They use a big squishy bushing there to let it wiggle around (partially supported by a rather flimsy metal spring at the 6 o'clock position).

It can be hard to tell how the bearing is...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-21-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By JohnMc
*golf clap* That would have been annoying if...

*golf clap*
That would have been annoying if the ECU saw a 'cold' temp sensor as a functioning KS, but once it warmed up, it read it as a failed KS and stopped running.
Forum: performance & modifications 08-21-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 194
Posted By JohnMc
You wore rotors out in 20K miles? That seems......

You wore rotors out in 20K miles? That seems... unusual.

Are the ATE rotors easier to find? Maybe replace the calipers, pads, and rotors with them.
Forum: performance & modifications 08-20-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,500
Posted By JohnMc
What does a compression gauge say? Although I...

What does a compression gauge say? Although I guess most of those are probably inaccurate to some degree.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-20-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 503
Posted By JohnMc
In the future, unless it's a big risk to life and...

In the future, unless it's a big risk to life and limb, turn the motor off as soon as the oil light comes on. It's got a life span of a few seconds before serious damage occurs.

And if the oil...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-20-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 503
Posted By JohnMc
I'm guessing because it's a nice late model...

I'm guessing because it's a nice late model round-toothed squirter blocked motor with a block mounted distributor. So no need to pull it apart even a little to put an intermediate shaft in it.
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-19-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 503
Posted By JohnMc
I'd just go ahead and pull the valve cover off...

I'd just go ahead and pull the valve cover off and look at the cam bearings and lobes/lifters.

If they look OK, and there's nothing shiny in the oil you drain out, then cross your fingers, fill...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-19-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 503
Posted By JohnMc
Rod issues won't really affect compression unless...

Rod issues won't really affect compression unless *ahem* the rod has thrown itself out of the block.

And the sort of things a head would do when run without oil (gall cam bearings, scuff cam...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-19-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 503
Posted By JohnMc
Drain the oil and see if it looks sparkly. ...

Drain the oil and see if it looks sparkly.

At this point, there's not much of a risk in putting oil in it and just running it until it dies. Be that 10 miles, 1000 miles, 1000000 miles. Other...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-19-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 503
Posted By JohnMc
Was the oil light on? Sounds like the engine...

Was the oil light on? Sounds like the engine went dry, it's exceedingly likely that it's 90% done. It hasn't thrown a rod yet, but you probably put some grievous damage into it.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-16-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By JohnMc
Double check the oil level. If it gets a little...

Double check the oil level. If it gets a little low it won't want to engage.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-16-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By JohnMc
/\ /\ /\ Good point. I used a multimeter to see...

/\ /\ /\ Good point. I used a multimeter to see '12v' on he alternator exciter wire on my 240, but it was only a minuscule amount of current backflowing from somewhere in the instrument cluster. ...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-16-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By JohnMc
I think a multimeter should be able to check for...

I think a multimeter should be able to check for injector pulse.

Plus, make sure that you're getting 12V+ on one terminal. The other terminal is grounded by the ECU to fire the injector.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-16-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By JohnMc
Are the SU dampers filled with oil? They're what...

Are the SU dampers filled with oil? They're what accomplishes the accel enrichment function on an SU.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-15-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By JohnMc
If the cam was aligned using the pulley then it...

If the cam was aligned using the pulley then it would be incorrect as well.

Try some starting fluid, spritz some into the intake and see if it will fire up and run for a few seconds. That's a...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-15-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 595
Posted By JohnMc
I have one of his 140 T5 crossmembers. It looks...

I have one of his 140 T5 crossmembers. It looks SWEET under the car, not that anyone would eve see it. FWIW I'm also using it with my CD009 trans - I just made a little adapter to bolt the T5 trans...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-15-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By JohnMc
What timing mark are you using to determine TDC? ...

What timing mark are you using to determine TDC? The outer portion of the front pulley with the marks can rotate on the center. Or be installed with the key not aligned.

Maybe try verifying TDC...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-15-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 658
Posted By JohnMc
#4 will fire at the TDC mark on the front pulley...

#4 will fire at the TDC mark on the front pulley - it's 360 degrees away from #1 (in a 720 degree full cycle).
Forum: projects & restorations 08-14-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 1,350
Views: 293,439
Posted By JohnMc
Now that I think of it, I didn't see how high the...

Now that I think of it, I didn't see how high the pressure went, I jsut turned the key on a few times to get the pump to prime, and it was ~40 psi when I walked a couple of feet forward and looked at...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-14-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By JohnMc
You have a bit more wiggle room in a 740 (AFAIK,...

You have a bit more wiggle room in a 740 (AFAIK, I've never pulled an engine on one).

But I've pulled the engine/trans out as one piece multiple times on a 240, where the firewall is close in...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-14-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 1,350
Views: 293,439
Posted By JohnMc
Got the PS reservoir done, and the...

Got the PS reservoir done, and the heater/expansion tank/etc stuff done.

Tried pressurizing the fuel system last night. As expected, a few drips here and there on the fuel rails, snugged the...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-14-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By JohnMc
Can you take a pic of it? Maybe with an exhaust...

Can you take a pic of it? Maybe with an exhaust valve taken out, showing the bowl/port?

I think I have a Stage 3 head (iirc) and the area just past the valve seat in the exhausts looks a lot...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-12-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 595
Posted By JohnMc
No, I haven't used one on a B20. I was under the...

No, I haven't used one on a B20. I was under the impression it would work, but maybe there is a difference.
Forum: performance & modifications 08-12-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 595
Posted By JohnMc
One alternative - it has two sets of holes to use...

One alternative - it has two sets of holes to use with either a slanted or upright redblock motor: https://www.deeworks.ca/product/t5-adapter/
Forum: performance & modifications 08-12-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 595
Posted By JohnMc
It was nice that the input shaft had a small...

It was nice that the input shaft had a small semi-circle cutout that lets you pull it out without dropping the countershaft down. The Volvo M40/41? Has no such thing. It's a great shortcut.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-12-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 510
Posted By JohnMc
What kind of carbs? And generally speaking, the...

What kind of carbs? And generally speaking, the float bowls should be vented to outside air, so putting your hand over the carb inlet while it's running shouldn't have any effect on the fuel supply,...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-12-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 72,349
Posted By JohnMc
Looks freaking amazing. I can't help running my...

Looks freaking amazing. I can't help running my eyes over the various places where 1800's usually show issues, the few seams in the body that are often covered up by people doing iffy bodywork, the...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-12-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 595
Posted By JohnMc
+3 on the 'do an internet search' on VPD and John...

+3 on the 'do an internet search' on VPD and John Parker.

I got my T5 swap kit from him waaay back in the day. It's to mount to a B230, though, not a B20, but that's just a matter of where the...
Forum: projects & restorations 08-12-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 17,234
Posted By JohnMc
Also make sure you have the correct type of gas...

Also make sure you have the correct type of gas cap? I'm not sure what a 1971 would have. My PV needed a vented cap because it had no other tank evap control/venting. It would run fine until you...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-10-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,500
Posted By JohnMc
I think a drag speed calculator indicated mine...

I think a drag speed calculator indicated mine had about 160 - 165 hp at the rear wheels. Figuring 2350 lbs with me in it. I've never put it on a dyno, though.
Forum: performance & modifications 08-07-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By JohnMc
Possibly. I haven't fired up the tuning laptop...

Possibly. I haven't fired up the tuning laptop in a year and a hlf or so (lol, on jackstands getting LS'ed).

I'll try to remember to power it up and look tonight.
Forum: performance & modifications 08-06-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By JohnMc
The .92 T4 dual scroll internal WG. It made for...

The .92 T4 dual scroll internal WG. It made for a very tidy install.
Forum: performance & modifications 08-06-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By JohnMc
I was using a BW EFR 70064 (...

I was using a BW EFR 70064 ( https://www.full-race.com/store/borg-warner-efr/turbos-efr-series/borgwarner-efr-7064-turbo-2/ ) on my 16V, and it actually spooled pretty reasonably, in the 2700-2800...
Forum: showroom 08-06-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By JohnMc
Yep, JB weld is your friend here. Maybe even...

Yep, JB weld is your friend here. Maybe even half-ass it more than using a threaded insert - coat the T5 threaded portion with wax (or something?) and then partially fill the Volvo shifter knob with...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-06-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,036
Posted By JohnMc
400 hp can be done with an 8V, certainly. At...

400 hp can be done with an 8V, certainly.

At some point, however, you're in the wrong... err... 'less desirable' portion of the HP/$ curve.

8V's are *GREAT* for cheap HP gains at first, then at...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-05-2019, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 604
Posted By JohnMc
There's a separate cranking spark angle setting,...

There's a separate cranking spark angle setting, that might be your issue with the kickback.

And maybe try ye olde fashioned timing light to see what is actually coming out at the spark plug after...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-05-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By JohnMc
Seems like way too much injector, but these days...

Seems like way too much injector, but these days big injectors handle low flow rates pretty well, so maybe it's not an issue.

I was using Racetronix 95#/1000cc injectors on my E85 16V turbo,...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-05-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By JohnMc
On extended drives on dusty roads, you could end...

On extended drives on dusty roads, you could end up clogging the air filter with dust. But the intake system is designed to handle dust and a modest amount of water coming in in the inlet side.
...
Forum: events 08-05-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,457
Posted By JohnMc
Would I have to pay extra to NOT win the 240? ...

Would I have to pay extra to NOT win the 240?
/le snark
Forum: projects & restorations 08-03-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 1,350
Views: 293,439
Posted By JohnMc
Slow progress taking place when I'm not out...

Slow progress taking place when I'm not out riding my bike. Which is, frankly, more fun.

Finished up the engine harness work on the engine bay side - added all the needed wires, reloomed it all,...
Forum: performance & modifications 08-02-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By JohnMc
There's generally a plastic inner fender/fender...

There's generally a plastic inner fender/fender liner that sites between the wheel and the area the airbox is pulling from.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 401
Posted By JohnMc
Yeah, it's probably not really needed unless...

Yeah, it's probably not really needed unless you're really wringing the hell out of that 142 on a regular basis, and even then, better fluid and pads would probably do about the same thing.
Forum: projects & restorations 08-01-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 17,234
Posted By JohnMc
I <3 the driveshaft shop I use. I think it was...

I <3 the driveshaft shop I use. I think it was around $300 + tax for a whole new shaft, trans to rear axle. Once years ago fo the T5 swap, and recently for the CD009 swap.

However, that was a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By JohnMc
Huh, I could swear I'd done that before on the...

Huh, I could swear I'd done that before on the 145E I used to drive. I guess it makes sense that it would still need MAP info for the idle, just not using the 'hard coded' VE maps, but the idle...
Forum: events 08-01-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 11,457
Posted By JohnMc
Most of the way out the group was following some...

Most of the way out the group was following some guy casually cruising on a Harley who would not let us by. The return pass was a bit better.
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