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The newly rebuilt engine, with 1200 miles under its belt, is now kaput. Despite much care in machining and build it has developed a big-end knock at certain revs.  It started with a harshness and slight growl at late 2k/early3k revs on load, and sub 3k on constant light load throttle, which sounded like the gearbox input shaft noise I'd had before, but only in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 4th was fine.  Post mortem will have to wait until after the 10CR.

Yesterday afternoon was different though with a definite big-end sounding rattle/knock.  The engine is already on its way out of the car and the spare 1296 has been dusted down ready to put in later this morning.  Fingers crossed it fires up ok.

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The newly rebuilt engine, with 1200 miles under its belt, is now kaput. Despite much care in machining and build it has developed a big-end knock at certain revs.  It started with a harshness and slight growl at late 2k/early3k revs on load, and sub 3k on constant light load throttle, which sounded like the gearbox input shaft noise I'd had before, but only in 1st, 2nd and 3rd. 4th was fine.  Post mortem will have to wait until after the 10CR.

Yesterday afternoon was different though with a definite big-end sounding rattle/knock.  The engine is already on its way out of the car and the spare 1296 has been dusted down ready to put in later this morning.  Fingers crossed it fires up ok.

You do like leaving things to the last minute...!

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Well the engine runs okay and the car goes backwards and forwards.  Bonnet back on in the morning and give it a test drive. It should be okay as it was in the car up until nine months ago, so should be just odd water leaks and some minor tweaking, hopefully.

It will be interesting to see how the FD engine copes with a 3.63 diff and 165/80 tyres.

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How many water hose leaks is it possible to have with one engine? And are there any rocker covers that don't have a designed-in oil leak feature?

After a frustrating morning piddling about with such stuff it now seems continent and has had several test drives today. I've put the correct ignition map in and setup the carbs, but it will no doubt need a bit of tweaking in the first day or so. So.... we are READY!!!!!!!!

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