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    Yesterday, 09:40 AM
    Phill replied to a thread Marks Silver machine in Your Cars
    My wife used to accompany me in my original Nova back in the 80's but she's made it quite clear she has no intention of trying to clamber into the...
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    Yesterday, 09:36 AM
    Phill replied to a thread Paddy's Nova Mk2 in Your Cars
    It's been a long haul - but you're finally on the road. You must be ecstatic. Well done:bananasplit::bananasplit:
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    20-08-2017, 09:46 AM
    The only thing I can think of is are the old seals still in place either on the crankcase or the head so with fitting new pushrod tubes you are...
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    18-08-2017, 07:00 PM
    Yes, I have decided to keep the 1600cc pistons and barrels as they are almost new and will do for a future upgrade for which I would need to change...
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    18-08-2017, 06:02 PM
    Thanks for that Martin, but I'm finally making some progress with my engine. The pistons and barrels I had ordered arrived on Monday but turned out...
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    18-08-2017, 05:32 PM
    My understanding is that if the seams are horizontal (9 oclock or 3 oclock) they are under the least stress as the axle tubes move up and down...
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    16-08-2017, 06:31 PM
    Phill replied to a thread Tobias's Nova in Your Cars
    Yes I would stick with lighter colours. I was going to wrap mine silver but instead opted for the Gulf livery which I think really suits the Nova....
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    10-08-2017, 09:01 PM
    If the clutch plate was bolted in place slightly off centre could this have the same effect. Just a thought?
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    09-08-2017, 05:37 PM
    I hear what you're saying guys. I was very surprised that new rings didn't restore the compression. Having said that there is some resistance when...
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    08-08-2017, 06:01 PM
    I'm making progress of sorts. Stripped down one bank of cylinders again (3rd time now). And with the head removed I measured the bores and found...
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    06-08-2017, 08:07 PM
    That's about the only explanation I can think of that would make sense of it all. However, whilst I never measured the bores or pistons, the pistons...
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    05-08-2017, 08:27 PM
    I do find it odd that beetle engines don't have head gaskets between the top of the barrels and the heads - or are they supposed to have gaskets here?
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    05-08-2017, 08:23 PM
    This is what I find strange too Mick. I could understand if only one or two cylinders were exhibiting no compression but the fact it's all four...
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    05-08-2017, 05:59 PM
    I don't know anything about the engines history. It was sold as seen on ebay and I had hoped it would be a runner but the engine was very cheap so I...
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    05-08-2017, 04:05 PM
    It can't be the valves as I'm getting compression when I do a wet test (but none dry). I did try removing the valve gear as suggested but this made...
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    05-08-2017, 02:11 PM
    I'm really struggling to figure out what is wrong with my engine. I received a new (correct) set of rings and fitted them into one bank of cylinders....
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    29-07-2017, 01:55 PM
    Thanks for all the advice, I'm taking it all in and wondering if the fact I didn't de-glaze the cyclinders has a lot to do with it. Meanwhile, I took...
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    28-07-2017, 07:37 PM
    In retrospect I should have done one side at a time and checked for compression by turning it over by hand before refitting all the tinware and...
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    28-07-2017, 07:31 PM
    Well as Buffy (Mark?) suggested I did a wet compression test by pouring some gear oil into the cylinders and this has restored compression so it's...
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    28-07-2017, 01:41 PM
    I was thinking this too Dave. I'll try a wet and dry compression test to establish if the pistons/rings are at fault and also removing the rocker...
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    28-07-2017, 01:03 PM
    I think I know what has gone wrong.. The new rings that were supplied should have been 2mm (top) 2mm (Middle) and 4mm (lower) thickness, whereas...
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    27-07-2017, 10:11 PM
    I've checked the compression tester and it works fine on my Capri so it's not faulty. I did wonder about valve timing but can't see how the camshaft...
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    27-07-2017, 08:36 PM
    Re-fitted the engine to the car last night and spent this evening trying to start it. All to no avail. A compression test has revealed that I still...
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    24-07-2017, 08:54 PM
    Phill replied to a thread Tobias's Nova in Your Cars
    Well doneTobias. And what a great feeling it must be to have your car road legal
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