Menios wrote:Nice project there.
I will watch this space.
What are your plans with the engine and head?
Just repair or a touch up to improve driveability?
This car has been a constant headache since day 1, but my stubborness has prevented me from a cut and run.
All mistakes are a possibility to learn something....
The car was bought in 2004 with engine issues. I took cylinderhead and other pieces off because it ran very badly, and some major issues were adressed at that point. A very quick rebuild of the head followed. Most serious thing though was that the crank front pulley was 180 degrees off - and the engine almost jumped off its engine mounts when I got it - the pulley acts as some kind of weight on the crank and when fitted the wrong way the whole car shook violently. The car had been to several mercedes experts without finding the actual problem.... I sometimes do not understand how skilled and educated people can miss a thing like that. Too simple and obvious maybe. The good thing was that the ignition, injectors and lots of bits got changed during faultfinding. But spring 2005 it didn`t want to cooperate with me anymore, and I ripped the engine out and I have done nothing to it except dismantling.
Secondly I knew the bodywork needed some "small work" - under the cosmetic coverup and freshly painted shell - a body restoration was planned.
Here is how that ended:
And after some more work:
I would like the engine to be as good as the outside, and my expert body restorer is not neccesarily a good engine builder I have concluded! The consequence is that this head will be sent to GC for inspection - and most possibly an overhaul. I am not looking for power tuning, but making the best of the original setup without sacrificing too much originality - same same but different. So if You want an updates on the head - better ask him.... I am just crossing my fingers that the head will survive his critical analysis, without too many nasty sceletons falling out of the closet. I know already know that a lot of things needs to be done.
The block or crankcase I will probably build myself, and machining will be done by a reputable engine shop that is not the cheapest around. But excellent value for money....
Parts are expensive and a bit of a problem sometimes for the 1. series engine. I just cannot find piston rings to suit the pistons and they have weird sizes - the thickest approx 4mm thick. If I can source rings new liners will be fitted. An alternative is to fit new original oversize pistons, but they are so expensive that custom made forged ones are tempting. Haven`t come so far as to decide on it yet.
Regarding the injection system I am a novice - and anyone with experience of the Bosch mechanical injection pump fitted to the Pagoda feel free to share their knowledge. I am reading up on this pump at the moment, and it seems to be rather advanced like everything else on this car.
All in all I am a bit frightened of this car as it is very overengineered in most ways. Very complex and refined, and as I am used to the simpler but brilliant Fiat mechanicals I feel a bit overwhelmed at times.
This is a long term project, and will probably take another couple of years to complete - I will keep You posted.