V8 testing or sackbarrow racing ?
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On January the 1st I obtained a spare engine for my landrover.. a nice V8
The engine was sitting in a wooden pallet, perched on top of a
wheelie trolly thing, which I thought was a little precarious if trying to start
something with the cc & bhp of 4x 850 engines !! So in order to make it safe
I removed the pallet and bolted the engine to the trolley with a couple of
12" long bits of M10 studding, perfectly harmless now.
Refilled tank, cleaned spark plugs - 8 is too many, fiddly
job, wait for 15 mins for battery to recover, squirt in more easystart.
Quick check with Elaine and the Haynes manual shows I had put
the plug leads on wrong, I had got the left and right bank mixed up (twat).
Sunday 14th January
Up bright and early, ready to annoy the hell out of the neighbours.
First job was to make a bigger fuel tank, so nicked the no.2 cap from the eeezybleed kit, added some washer pipe and screwed it onto a 2l drinks bottle - perfect fit.
Now I could lift the bottle to fill the carbs, then let the bottle back down to limit the potential run time, should the engine refuse to stop (p155ing into the wind optimism?)
Plumbed in the battery supply and checked it cranked over ok, then connected the ignition (twisted the wires again) and hit the button.
Wuhh wuhh wuhh wuhh wuhh w....No signs of life at all.
Then a little thought occured, a kind of light bulb began to glimmer......
On Saturday when I was checking the timing I had to find Top Dead Centre for No.1 - later on I realised that I had got the left and right banks the wrong way round, so swapped the leads WITHOUT checking for TDC on the correct bank !!!
Ho hum, I guess the timing was only 90 degrees out, at least with just the banks crossed it was only 45!!
Checked for TDC on the right cylinder, re plumbed the HT again, crossed fingers and it fired :-)
Should really have put the exhaust pipe on though coz even a 10 second run was a bit loud !!!
Relocated the engine into the shed because it looked like rain, fitted the exhaust and it started well on my 3 subsequent tests.
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