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P38A what a pratt !!

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  1. tarphenry

    tarphenry Well-Known Member

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    I decided today to clean out the intercooler and manifold and associated pipework in my diesel .I thought it would help it breathe a little easier. however being a senile old idiot, I somehow managed to leave some material in the inlet manifold and refitted it. It looks like its a head off job now as its been sucked into no 6.If I had any better luck ,I would have run myself over. ah well tomorrow is another day.
     
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    Pull the manifold off and see if you can see anything, you may be lucky,
     
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    What material?
     
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    tarphenry Well-Known Member

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    nylon I think
     
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    Oh, ,I once rebuilt a Guy lorry engine and a paper wipe got sucked into the inlet manifold when I started it. It ran a bit uneven whilst the wipe was injested but it soon burnt up and was blown out of the exhaust. Dont know if the nylon may cause a problem . As posted remove the manifold and see what you can recover failing that a long Italian tune up.
     
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    Or...take that Disease-l out and put a nice 4.6 V8 in the space ;-)
     
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    Manifold off and if not trapped you may be able to vacuum it out with a workshop cleaner or carefully hook it out, buy a lidl endoscope for £40 as per another forum post and and have a good look inside bore , would have thought nylon would just melt or atomise given the heat generated
     
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    I will try and burn it out tomorrow and see what happens. thanks for the help
     
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    I agree get rid of the wheezy underpowered diesel and swap it for a Proper engine ;)

    V8 oh yeah.
     
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    Like a V8 diesel now you`r talking !
     
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    And enjoy HGF and dropped liners, cam wear O2 sensor problems etc not to mention the hole in your wallet.
     
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    But the noise ;)

    Totally worth it just for the noise :D
     
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    wammers STILL BREATHING. Donater

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    Why ruin a good car for a small problem.
     
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    Ordered the bits this morning ,will start stripdown after lunch.What an idiot
     
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    I would never say that. "Better" is a nicer description, rather than "Proper" I think. lol :D
     
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    If i wanted to hear a V8 i'd take my 928 out for a spin. Not a poxy Rover V8 drawn up in the 1950s. And discontinued by Buick because it was unreliable. The trend continued when Rover revamped it. The 3.5 was not that bad. But then Rover bored it out to 4.0 litre without modifying the block and the fun started. They then stroked it to 4.6 and things got worse.
     
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    I think you'll find that cost & politics (in the US) had more to do with it's demise than a lack of reliability. Rover should have stroked the original 3.5 & left the bore alone, knew a guy who did just that (kit from Real Steel I think) & it pulled like a train with 4.3 ltrs.
     
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    Quite right. It is a problematic engine. Almost bullet-proof as a 3.5Ltr and it all went downhill from there as you say. But it's still a lovely burble that it makes, and it has found its way into so many cars so cannot be all bad.
    Not had a Diesel P38, so I am only teasing with my comments in a lighthearted way. Are they not a bit "slow" compared to the Petrol V8's?
     
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    By and large yes, but they are much quicker than a V8 when the V8 is sitting with its heads off in your garage.
     
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    wammers STILL BREATHING. Donater

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    Mine is chipped in the ECU so will give any 4.0 litre Rover V8 a run for it's money. Not far behind a 4.6. But if looked after is a far far more reliable engine. The diesel may be two cylinders short but the exhaust note is not totally reprehensible. I know you are being tongue in cheek as am i. Well sometimes. ;):D:D
     
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