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 on: Today at 21:49:32 
Started by grifter - Last post by grifter
Got an old cavy with the 1.8 rice pudding skin non-puller in it. I'm wanting to change this over to a SRI 130 engine I got from a pre-cat model. I've read up on various sites about updating the car details with DVLA regarding emission testing but I'm still not clear on it.

From what I gather, I can change the engine over, tell DVLA that the car has this new engine, have to get a confirmation from VX using engine number that it is pre-cat, give this to DVLA and they will update their system so that when I go to MOT and they put car reg in it will say no cat test required. Has anyone any knowledge if this can be done like this?

I'm kind of half doing this because had all sorts of probs with emissions (car runs fine) but it just happened that this engine was the only one available in my area at the time, complete engine, box and loom with ECU, not to be sniffed at out of an SRI 130.


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 on: Today at 21:47:02 
Started by JamesV6CDX - Last post by LC0112G
Not a bad shout. Camshafts already out.

Where would I get the kit to do a leak down test? I donít have a compressor but could buy one

Ahh. I got my leak down kit from eBay, but unless you think you'll use it more than once probably not worth it. There are plenty more tools that you'll use more often.

This is not a "must fix the corsa" exercise, and neither is it a money making exercise (I won't make any!) - it's a self confidence building / motivational thing for me.

The problem is, how thorough do you want to be? If it were a 'special car' or if you want to do a full on job learning on a 'cheap' engine then IMHO...

You're going to take one piston out so you may as well take out all 3. It's only 4 more bolts and they will be staring you in the face so only a few minutes work. It'll allow you to inspect all the piston rings, pistons, con rods, little end bearings, gudgeon pins and block bores. If they're Ok then you can just throw it all back together. In an ideal world you'd fit new rings, bearing shells and use new bolts.

Worth getting a bore gauge - something like these :
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Metric-Dial-Bore-Gauge-50-160mm-Cylinder-Internal-Bore-Measuring-Engine-Gage/252741792846?hash=item3ad895b44e:g:X-YAAOSw4DJYiifu
and
https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/0-01mm-0-0005-Digital-Dial-Indicator-Clock-DTI-Gauge-0-25-4mm-1-UK/253373298232?hash=item3afe39b638:g:DcMAAOSwgsxaXgv3

These allow you to measure the diameter of the bores at various depths down the bores, and check for any taper or out of roundness. Its boring work (excuse the pun) but you measure the diameter at top middle and bottom of the stroke in both the X and Y directions. Ideally they should all be the same and within spec, but at 90K miles I bet they aren't.

Next pop the top ring out of each piston, and press it into the relevant bore, keeping it 'square'. Use the top of the piston to push it down the bore a few mm. Then using some decent feeler gauges measure the ring gap. The gap should be speced in Haynes, but I'd expect something like 0.1mm-0.3mm. Too little gap and the piston ring may bind when the engine gets hot. Too big a gap and it'll use oil and lose compression.

You can also measure the piston diameter (on the skirt), the piston and con rod weights (should all be balanced to within a few grams), check for gudgeon pin 'rock' measure the little end diameters etc, etc. But where do you stop?

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 on: Today at 21:45:40 
Started by grifter - Last post by Pmacca2000
Every cloud!

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 on: Today at 21:42:20 
Started by grifter - Last post by Doctor Gollum
30% base rate of income tax anyone?  ::)

Low taxes and shit services or high taxes and well funded services. That's the choice!  ;)
Communist...

High taxes into failing, inefficient socialist services = no economy or hope.

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 on: Today at 21:34:01 
Started by Tilbo - Last post by Doctor Gollum
Ungodly

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 on: Today at 21:31:24 
Started by firstomega - Last post by Doctor Gollum
Haynes only did one manual for the Omega... '94-'99...

It covers pre and mid facelift cars... Yours is post facelift, but the fundamental bits such as suspension and gearbox are the same... The wiring diagrams are still accurate enough to be useful as well :y

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 on: Today at 21:23:22 
Started by grifter - Last post by grifter
Just been ordering parts from autovaux, parts that I'd been quoted for a couple of weeks ago, they told me the parts price had went up due to the VX takeover by Spewgeot! Beware if you are thinking of buying anything the price quoted might go up. Not be long till they start discontinuing all the old parts still available.

Glad I own a pre-spewgeot vx!

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 on: Today at 20:26:36 
Started by Tilbo - Last post by mantaray
anal  ;D

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 on: Today at 20:00:19 
Started by firstomega - Last post by firstomega
Doctor Gollum Thank you very much for your reply explaining all that to me. I understand now why that link was removed. Great and thanks for explaining. The O2 to 05 Vectra workshop manual will be good for my Omega engine which is great. Where on earth can I find please a manual for the rest of my Omega though as you said I need one for the rest of it. I have looked online and cant find one anywhere. Do you have any ideas please? Also my car is now driving fine without me having touched the swirl valves. Go figure?
Why on earth it would suddenly be okay I have absolutely no idea!! Can the swirl valves have just rid themselves of the crud that was on them? Any ideas? Thank you so much for all your help very gratefully received...Oh by the way Doctor Gollum and everyone I just came on to this forum and saw that my above post which I wrote and thought I had posted had not in fact be posted due to the fact that my session had time expired...I didnt realise this then but luckily I kept a copy of what I posted so was able to do a copy and post of this so didnt need to retype it all. But wanted to explain why so long before my reply - thanks again Doctor Gollum.

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 on: Today at 19:59:56 
Started by JamesV6CDX - Last post by STEMO
Itís a pity youíre not a bit closer, I could give you loads of  Ďlightí jobs to do. You could service both our cars, for nowt, and perhaps do a bit of gardening, all in the cause of your recovery, of course.  ;D

I may have stopped charging some time ago, but there are still firm expectations for bacon sarnies, brown sauce, and decent coffee  :-*
I could run to that but, as I said, too far away. Never mind, I was only thinking of you. Too soft..thatís me  ;D

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