Sorted out some fairly heavy marks:
Even had a little go at wet sanding using 2500 grit - was down to the fibreglass before filling - lesson for next time is to use more paint as it still needs filling in further!
Better than a white mark tho :)
MrSimba from over on vx220.org very kindly came over today to give me a lesson in how to use the random orbital polisher I bought. The paint wasn't too great to start with but after using an outdoor cover (NEVER AGAIN!) it was utterly covered in swirls :(
So I bought:
DAS6 Pro polisher
I won my old wheels back on ebay a couple of weeks ago :)
I had these made by Compomotive when I had my mandarin car, the company who put the mandarin one back on the road sold these on separately for some reason :unsure:
They were in a right state in the pic on ebay, which is...
And back to the head:
I bought a new balance chain tensioner, so that was fitted first - obv dont take the locking pin out until after its fitted :D
New chain fitted into place (I effectively followed the Total Vauxhall guide available online in pdf format :))
Despite being an '02 car it...
Then set the piston ring gaps to those shown in TIS, the oil scraper ones are a right PITA!
Coated the bolt threads and heads with the 'special' Eagle supplied moly grease and re-assembled with oil in the bores
I'd never used piston ring compressors before, and just bought a cheapo one...
And the rods:
First one removed - I've never done anything like this before - very nerve wracking :lol: - hence I appreciate most wont take a secong glance at the pics, but it would have given me that little bit more confidence if I'd known what I was up against (wasn't all that bad...
For the EGR removal I...
Bought the blanking plate and gasket from Vauxhall
And the cheater (thanks Vocky :)) from Z22SE.co.uk
I also wanted to get rid of the hard pipe that runs from the outlet of the head to the inlet manifold (just below the throttle body)
The way the pipe is mounted in...
29/05/10 - After putting the car back together and actually driving it for a while!
Well. the car is now in bits again :lol:
Fitting the new head with cams, Eagle rods, EGR cheater, new chain kit etc
Here's how it looks:
I have re-located the fuel breather to the drivers side, and replaced...
A couple of pics :)
I didn't take any whilst putting the car back together due to the negative temperatures outside!
Had harness slots cut in the seats and the drivers seat bolsters replaced, so I can finally fit the harnesses that have been sat around doing nothing for 18 months :D...
A few obligatory comparison pics of the standard exhaust and the Piper :)
The standard exhaust measures 1.9" at it's largest point (this drops to ~1.9" OD where there are any curves in the pipework). The Piper measures 2.375" ID throughout
So the csa of the standard is...
And then onto the boot floor
Again covered with the fibreglass material, then finished with aluminium tape to protect the edges
And all in place - the hard heat shield will be secured with M5 nuts and locking bolts with penny washers instead of the aluminium rivets (that had broke) that...