Discussion in 'Restorations' started by theBusmonkey, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. davidoft

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    It's cool though :D
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  2. Oh me sir, is the one on the right?
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  3. lol, we were still getting about 19mpg :eek:.
    I'm guessing that cylinder was completely ineffective & we probably could have taken the piston out, replaced it with a cheese truckle, & it still would have run!
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  4. Glad the nice people are sorted out now :)
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  5. davidoft

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    Did you spot that :D
  6. davidoft

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    Almost as bad as a sticking piston ring for compression loss I'd wager
  7. I didn't think we were going there on a public forum but you just couldn't help yourself could you?

    YES, I admit the ring groove could have been cleaner! I was that said cleaner, but I do have photographic evidence of you messing around during the install of No1.

    I'm deeply sorry (public apology) that the sticking ring cost us a whole night, but on the bright side you can now offer cylinder head recon services with no fear of reprisal!
    Oh & you got to use your sexy Snap-on leak down test kit :p
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2016
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  8. davidoft

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    It's nice to use shiny new tools, dunno what I've done with my snap on beanie though, I'll be cast out at the next show and tell :(, ps I only alluded to the ring gate incident , It could have been anybody :eek:
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  9. ...and, there's much more to this tale yet, so a little bird told me...

    Not for me to relate though. :D
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  10. I'll probably find it when I drop the oil next;)
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  11. Let it mature. It will become greater than the sum of its parts. And a bit of poetic licence never hurts!
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  12. You boys need to get yourselves a work bench and stop grovelling around on the foor, its so much easier and kind on the knees;)
    Good work though:thumbsup:
  13. davidoft

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    cant you see the bench under @theBusmonkey nees, pure luxury, plus every other surface was covered in engine parts!!
  14. I did mine almost solo on a sloping drive! my brother helped me balance it while it slipped onto the bellhousing,once one bolt was on he disappeared,the rest i did myself,started at 09:00 in the morning and had it running by 14:00,went very easily but have battled before in the past.Good job mate!
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  15. To prove to the surrogate father of my refurbd engine ( @davidoft ) here is evidence of last weekends fettling. Actually @Dicky bobbed in late in the day on Sunday so I have a witness!


    The main point of the post is this:


    number 3, the hottest of the plugs. I thought it a little lean & have since hose clipped all the manifold boots & double checked all the hoses. That's why I was asking about adjusting the AFM earlier....
    Am I just worriting?:rolleyes:
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  16. I didnt see nut'n!
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  17. davidoft

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  18. Not so much part of a resto/ mechanical upgrade but an addition to the camping kit is the new fridge we recently purchased.
    We got it primarily for the syncro travels, but having trialled it this weekend it will now be very much part of Chip's kit. I thought some of you may be interested in how it works.

    The model is a Dometic CFX35B. price range £569 to over £1000 :eek: (We paid £469 but the company we bought from is now out of stock)
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    Firstly, it's a compressor fridge (@Bertiebot ). The capacity is 32 litres and as you can see from the pictures above, it sits quite well behind the passenger seat allowing the walkthrough to be used. It runs on 12vDC and 110 to 230vAC.

    The factory default temperature for the fridge is 4'c but it can be used as a freezer with the ability to freeze down to -22'c.

    It's incredibly sturdy and well put together & I have been using it as a seat for when we use our swivel table for dining etc.
    It is quite heavy though at 17.5 kg but this in turn means it doesn't slide around in the back of the bus.

    12v & 110v/230v input sockets are conveniently located and there is a useful USB socket that we used for recharging phones etc and a light that illuminates the interior.
    The controls are intuitive although at night the blue display (blue so it can be seen in bright sunlight) is distracting so I covered it up!

    In operation the compressor is incredibly quiet & we decided to keep the fridge on all night to see if it would disturb our sleep. No worries there!

    I guess the most impressive thing about this fridge, and the main reason someone would buy one, is the power consumption. Mostly we never have to push our kit to extremes when camping conventionally as more often than not electric hook-up is available. Personally, Mrs Busmonkey & I tend to be a bit more off-grid hence the main justification for conserving our battery power.

    Dometic claim new electronic technology for the CFX range and the use of their own in-house manufactured compressor (as opposed to the proven Danfoss unit).
    They state the following power consumption figures:
    0.32 Ah/h at +20'c ambient temperature
    0.60 Ah/h at +32'c ambient.

    So is the astronomical price justified?
    Well I guess, as with everything, it's easy to justify anything!! However, for us this fridge will be worth every penny.

    The solar panels were outputting 7.6 amps at 11.30 this morning but with zero requirement from the batteries as I'd had the ctek hooked up on a reconditioning phase. The LB was at 13.7v on float.
    I unplugged the hook-up and let everything settle down, so just the solar panels were charging the batteries. Still over 7.5 amps from the panels with the majority of this being lost as heat through the heat sink on the charge controller as the amps were not required by the system.
    Voltage settled at 13.4 on float and with the radio on and the fridge plugged in there was just over 1amp draw from the LB.
    I set the fridge to -1 (from the 4 it was holding) in order to get the compressor to kick in. Amp demand from the battery went up to 2.8 Ah but as the panels were still at over 7A, there was no draw on the battery.
    After a few minutes the fridge reached -1'c , the compressor shut down, and the draw dropped back down to less than 1ah.

    I am confident that our system will allow long term off grid camping. Over time we will continue to save on hook-up fees on camp sites, even during dull days the panels will be able to keep up with the fridge's power requirements with no detrimental effect on the LB.

    & for us, that's what it's all about:D
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2017
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  19. impressive! I think I need one of those
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  20. Nice :). We had compressor fridges in the T4 westies and they were fab. I think could also be used as warmers if required, like an air con inverter. We had a gel leisure battery tho that was pretty big ( well hidden tho in a built in wedgie styley :) )
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