Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by scoobyh123 » Wed Feb 13, 2019 3:14 pm

On the grounds the inlet and exhaust manifolds will have to come off, i'd go for a head set Adrian, simply because it's usually cheaper to buy them all together in one set.
Likewise with the set from Rimmers that includes the extra gaskets and baffle - last thing you want is an oil leak or similar from skimping on a few quid for gaskets.

Check that ebay sellers others listings too, very often they have complete head sets with bolts for a good combined price - have used them before and no complaints! :wink: :D
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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by dollysprint » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:57 pm

Was this head ever pressure tested and skimmed?

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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by mercedade » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:04 am

Honest answer is that I don't know.

However, when it comes off (next week - fingers crossed) I guess we'll be seeing what's needed.

As previous, it was a perfectly running example, right up until the waterpump let go so I'm hopeful that it won't be needed.
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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by n1tr0_9 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:43 pm

I took the head off as it was the easiest way to access the core plugs at the back of the head and as it had that oil leak from the front nearside corner. I replaced it with a klinger gasket. I didn’t have it skimmed as it hadn’t over heated and wasn’t leaking compression or water. Fingers crossed the head is still ok.

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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by mercedade » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:57 pm

Update time:

The garage managed to diagnose the fault - the power-steering pump failed, in that the 'key' that engages with the back of the waterpump had actually separated from the shaft, so it was no longer being rotated by the pump, and thus no longer driving the water pump either. End result, no circulating water, and HGF.

The head was warped and the gasket had apparently gone between cylinders 2 and 3. The head's been away to the engineering shop for a skim and has now been refitted.

Trouble is, there are no (reasonably priced) powersteering pumps listed available for the late 820 Vitesse anywhere. But some very helpful forum members have revealed that 25 2.0 diesel p/s pumps fit if you switch the feed pipe over. So I've got one of those on order, and am hopeful (optimistic, even) that it might be up and running come the end of next week.

Maybe.
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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by scoobyh123 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:15 pm

Fingers crossed Adrian!

Seems we were both right to a point that it was water pump related causing the HGF, both a curse and a blessing the head has been skimmed! It'll have a bit more poke but you'll need to be careful the injectors are running as they should. Might pay to have them cleaned/refurbed while the car is in bits :

http://www.emeraldm3d.com/asnu-fuel-inj ... oning.html

Granted it pushes the price up by £72 (+P&P maybe - not sure) but it gives you a nice, clean set of injectors which will help both economy and performance and remove any risk of one or mroe cylinders running lean which can kill one of these engines. :wink: :D
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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by mercedade » Fri Mar 08, 2019 8:48 am

Already been done, Dave. James had the injectors cleaned as part of the recommissioning, so I'm happy with that (something I had done on my old green Vitesse as well).
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Re: Mercedade's '97 Vitesse Lux

Post by scoobyh123 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:13 am

I couldn't remember if James had it done or not Adrian - i know i suggested it back then but couldn't remember if he did. :wink: :D
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