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Classic Car Project Nomad #75
The nomad is finally registered and one of the nicest things I’ve done to it was install the license plates. Like everything else, that wasn’t as straight forward as it should have been.
Coming through a hole in the rear bumper was the wire for the reversing camera which I realised at the time I needed to mount elsewhere as the hole housed the bolt for the number plate. I fabricated a bracket, painted it and installed it and what should have been two minutes blew out to an hour. Some things never change.
The first drive with the plates on was to Procar to have a number of things sorted and get to the bottom of why the left bank of the motor was running lean. In this day and age we have the internet which is a great source of information and with a gazillion forums to pick over for a possible solution I started searching. You couldn’t do that in 1957 but then you also couldn’t drop an engine that required a computer in your ride back then as well.
This problem had occurred for plenty of other restorers and the list of fixes was expansive. Faulty 02 sensors, vacuum leak, injectors, fuel rail issues, exhaust leak, leads, bent plug tip, low fuel pressure, manifold leaks, PCV valve lines and extra dipstick/oil level indicator hole on lower right side of engine were some of the problems addressed by others.
Paul at Procar systematically started going through them. Checked all the leads, lines and injectors, pulled the manifold, swapped the injectors over to the other bank, wiring connections, fuel pressure test and so on. There were numerous profanities but not too bad and the end result on the day was a suspect E38 computer and an inadequate fuel pump that wasn’t up to spec.
I ordered a new computer from the US with a standard stand alone tune hoping this would fix the issue. Hope is eternal, reality gives you the shits. I waited three weeks for it to come, installed it in my garage and the car wouldn’t even start. I was not happy and promptly told the supplier and sent it back. Procar fitted a new fuel pump and I went back and looked at a few more forums.
Two issues accounted for half of the fixes – an exhaust leak or faulty 02 sensors. I had only just purchased the 02 sensors and although one of them could be crook an exhaust leak looked the most likely. After a long hard look at the exhaust sure enough it had a leak and was a lasting legacy from the dimwits at Quickfit Motorsports. Just about everything they did had been replaced except the extractors and so their final piece of shoddy work came to light as the weld on one of the tubes close to engine block had given way at some point when it was driven. The car has done 65 kilometres..... The fix will involve removing the extractors, welding them properly and getting them recoated. Hopefully this will fix the issue.
Watch this space….
Word by Mark, owner Classic Car Gurus