Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sound Deadening Step 2 - Bulkhead Insulation.

After chatting with a good friend and fellow Mini owner about the EVO Mini Run UK camping weekend in North Wales, somehow before I had chance to think about it, I was online and had the tickets booked. But as the consequences set in, I had the realisation that two adults, two kids and all the required camping equipment had to be somehow stuffed into the smallest car we owned and reliably driven a total round trip of about 400 miles. Gulp!! Best get busy making the Mini the best it can be.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Sound Deadening Step 1 - Air Filter Downgrade!

Holy 'tempus fugit' Batman, where did the last year go!! Yeah, time certainly can fly if you let it and it has. Anyway for a variety of reasons (some good, some not so good), it's been a whole since we last spoke. As for progress, well I have to confess, not a vast amount except for two small tasks which were to remount the exhaust as I wasn't quite happy with it and to service the engine back in November 2017. That said, I have driven the Mini quite a lot so it's not all bad.

Well it's time to dig myself out of the rut I've become stuck in and what better way than to go on a Mini run weekend. For one reason or another this seems very daunting, but it's just the antidote I need for getting progress moving along once more. So somehow, thanks to the persuasion of a friend, I found myself booked on the EVO Mini Run UK in the beautiful open countryside of North Wales, but before that can happen, I need to make sure the Mini is up for the job, so time to prep...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Engine Mounts - Remounted!

In the previous post, I spent quite a lot of time faffing about swapping the flywheel to see if it was the source of the annoying vibrations I've been enduring with the new engine. As it turns out it wasn't, so with that ticked off the list of things to check, I'm left pinning all my hope on the new engine mounts being too hash and not absorbing the engine vibrations sufficiently.

But before I can swap them over to my older and softer ones, everything flywheel related and beyond needs to be reassembled again, so let's get stuck in...

Friday, April 7, 2017

Different Flywheel - Still Vibrates!!

In the previous post, I'd gone to the mammoth effort of removing the flywheel to see if could nail down the reason for the unpleasant vibration that was coming through the car ever since the new engine had been fitted.

First on the agenda today then is to measure the nose of the crank for any deviations that could be causing the flywheel to wobble. Even though this is very unlikely to be the case, (unless I'm very unlucky) it's worth checking while I can for peace of mind. Second task is to fit the flywheel from my old engine, fire it up and see what the result is...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Flywheel Removal In Situ

On the go at the moment is the seemingly never ending project to build myself a half decent engine. All seems to be working mechanically, however there is a slight, but very annoying vibration at all parts of the rev range that I want to nail. In this post here, I changed the top engine steady bushes, but didn't solve the issue. So today, I'm looking to remove the flywheel and swap it over with a spare to see what the effect will be.

I've decided to perform this task with the engine in situ as it's preferable to taking the engine out again, but looking at the engine bay, there is still a lot of work ahead as the flywheel is somewhere under this little lot...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Quick Ketchup!!

I know, I know... it's been ages since my previous blog post; but what with a mixture of winter weather limiting any progress, being too busy with work and also being unwell; I've not been able to crack on and get as much done as I would have wanted to. But fear not dear reader, the blog is not dead, at least not yet!!!

So as it's been so long, let's have a quick catch up on the story so far and take it from there...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Steady On, Poly Gone!!

Okay, before we start, I confess it's a corny title, but I did think long and hard about it and to be honest, it's the best I could come up with. That said: 'Steady On, Poly Gone!!' does describe perfectly what we're dealing with here today. So what are we dealing with today you may ask? Well ever since the engine rebuild, I've had polyurethane bushes in the top and bottom engine steadies, which seemed a good idea in theory, but in practice have been a bit too harsh as I can feel every single vibration coming from the engine. So to help remedy this, I've decided to switch over to rubber bushes to see if they're a bit more forgiving.