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    Yesterday, 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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    23-07-2017, 04:04 PM
    Well after a bit of research I discovered the 1600cc barrels would fit the crankcase but the heads would need to be modified to accept the wider...
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    23-07-2017, 03:55 PM
    Phill replied to a thread Castle Coombe 22 July 2017 in Events
    Great pictures and videos. Wish my car was finished and I was able to have been there with it too
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