Wheeler Dealers Triumph Spitfire5
Mike Brewer joins forces with top mechanic Edd China to put second-hand
cars back on the road. The team tries to successfully complete the revival
of the Triumph Spitfire.
" We went to quite a bit of trouble to get this engine out of our Lotus and
that's because we've got several jobs to do and it's a lot easier when it's
on the bench. Now the most obvious, was this manifold here, because of the
crack it sounds like a tank, so we're gonna change that, but also this cam
belt here. Because the history of the car, we're not really sure of when
the cam belt was last changed, and because it could do an awful lot of
damage if it was to break, we're gonna change that as a matter of course."
" How much damage? Well, if the belt snaps and the valves smash into the
pistons, you're looking at thousands of pounds to fix it."
" First, I align the distributor, crank and drive shaft to top dead center
by lining up the helpful markings on the pulleys."
" Undo the tensioner and the old belt slides off easily, to be replaced by
a brand spanking new one for only 33 pounds. Mike will be happy."
" The belt's back on, so what I'm doing now is just rotating the engine by
hand ah, a complete. Revolution."
" Okay,um, I'm just gonna trying to line up against the top dead center,
just to see, make sure all our marks still line up. Which they do, which
means, I've very successfully replaced our cam belt."
" Now it's time to tackle the Exhaust."
" Gotta take this manifold off, but the problem is, you can see, these
rusty nuts on the rusty studs holding it onto the engine. So, I'm gonna get
some heat on these guys, see if I can expand the nut. And wind it off ever
so gently. But wish me luck, it's gonna be ever so tricky. This is such a
fiddly job it's kind of ridiculous actually, I think if it had been on the
car, it would have taken probably half a day to do, but at least this way
it's only taken maybe half an hour or so. The good new is, the manifold is
now off. The very heavy bit of scrap metal, and I'll now be replacing that
with a nice new Exhaust system."
" The surface needs to be carefully cleaned or the new manifold gasket
won't seal properly. It really does pay to be thorough. I've now prepared
the head ready for our new manifold but I'm not gonna be replacing it with
another cast iron unit, because although these are quite good for a cheap
in fact, for mass production, they're not so good for performance and at
the end of the day, we've got a performance vehicle. So what I'm going to
be using, is an after-market, stainless steel tubular manifold, that's made
up of lots of individual pipes that have got a nice uniform diameter, so
the gas flows out much much better, which means ultimately we get better
performance and for me, it's also easier to fit."
" I'm not gonna fully tighten up these nuts yet. First, I'm gonna offer up
the stainless steel collector and make sure it all fits together. The
collector will be properly attached later when the engine is back in the
car. And since the engine is out, I may as well give it a quick service. So
I'm changing the spark plugs, replacing the oil filter and sticking in a
new air filter."
Some essential advice before buying a used car according to Mike Brewer Wheeler Dealers
" If you're in a market for a used car you might want this old Ferrari 308.
They aren't just folding. There are a few things that you should do if we
set off to go and buy a car. The first of which is to use your phone, maybe
your landline or your mobile phone, and phone with data service. Somebody
like HPI or the AA, and they can give you all the information you would
need to know whether the car is pretty involved in any accidents, whether
the police have got an interest, but more importantly, if it's got any
finance outstanding. Now, the only information you need to give him is a
registration number of a car. And if you can, get the chassis number of the
owner as well. That way, you can find out that the car you're buying is
genuine rather than setting off to go [unk] in the first place. All it cost
is the same price as a tanker fuel, and it's the best money you'll ever
spend. Secondly, when you arrive to go and see the car, make sure that the
car has not been previously rammed before you got there. What I mean by
that is put your hand on the body, although dirty on this Ferrari, or look
can be stupid because the engine on this car is down the back. So, when I
do get to the car, I can put the key in ignition and see if there's any
nasty fumes or black smoke coming out the Exhaust pipe. Now, the other thing to do is when
you do go and see a vehicle, make sure that the paperwork tallies to the
place where you're actually standing. You'd be amazed of the amount of
people who buy a car from the petrol station or from a pump carpark. What
you should do, is when you go and see a vehicle, make sure that the
paperwork says you'll stand in the barn any town. Make sure you all stand
in at the barn any town to come and see the car. That way, you know that
you're buying a genuine car of a genuine owner. Now, when you do finally
get there, and you've checked that it's not been previously rammed, you're
standing in the right place, and you've done your days check, don't let
your heart rule your head because you can't get carried away, especially
with something as evocative as this lovely 308 GT4. You want to make sure
that you've got yourself a price and stick to it. Don't go above it;
otherwise, you could end up to shell your money out forever in a day to
keep that thing on the road. If the car has got any outstanding finance,
then make sure you speak to the finance company before you go to see the
vehicle and find out what that settlement figure should be. That way, you
can give the owner the balance of the vehicle that you've agreed to
purchase it from, and send the settlement figure directly to the finance
company. That way, you know it's been paid. Other than that, happy
Cylinder Head 105 - Valve Job Basics
Valves not sealing? Valves not bent? This is how you fix that problem.
In this video I outline the basic valve job procedure. Cleaning the
valves, cleaning the seats, cleaning the combustion chamber and lapping the
valves in to make a better seal.
Here I cover the process start-to-finish. It's the same exact process for
pretty much all non-rotary combustion engines. It takes patience and
perseverance to do this job, but anyone can do it. Reference your service
manual for measurements and service limits. Everything else that's not in
your service manual is in this video.
I apologize for not having broken busted crap to work with in this video.
It's more beneficial to all of you when bad fortune falls on me because it
gets well documented, and many people watching these videos are looking for
answers. If you have bent valves, you will discover it quickly once you
chuck one up in the drill. You'll see the face of the valve wobble around
while it spins. You'll see evidence of this damage on the valve seat. If
it's bad, you may see damage on the valve guides in the form of cracks or
missing pieces where the valve guides protrude through the head ports.
Give all that stuff a good visual inspection. ...and if you doubt yourself,
never hesitate to get a second opinion or consult a machine shop. They
will have access to expensive tools that you wont find in your average
Cylinder Head 106 - Casting & Porting Tech
No really guys, what can I type here? I just went on for 18 minutes
without shutting up. I apologize for deviating from my normal format, but
we're almost there...
...when I port a head, there will be no voiceover, and it will be a