SteveHobart

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  1. Hey guys! Well I have my Dash Cluster out at the moment to repair the Odo gears. Also have the gearbox out too. My question is, the Speedo wasn’t working when I pulled it out. Will replacing the ODO gears fix this or should I throw in a new speedo sensor into the gearbox while it’s out too? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Cheers. Looks like what it’s missing then! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Thanks mate. Yes, sorry Manual Transmission, 4 speed single rail. It’s an EFI as well. So it should have a neutral switch and a reverse switch? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Hey guys. Today I pulled the Transmission out. Mainly because the Speedo didn’t work (have ordered a new sensor) but there’s a definate leak from the transmission too so don’t want to have a nice engine and a leaking trans! So findings. There’s definately a leaking rear seal (new on on the way) and the gearbox rubber mount was literally in 100 pieces (not a word of a lie) so new one of them on the way. My question is, should there be a switch or a sensor here (refer pic). I seem to have an extra set of wires to clip to something but can’t seem to see what. The only thing I can think of is a switch or sensor is missing here? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Update on XF Build. Whilst waiting for the block and head to be machined, I’ve been fixing some other issues on the XF. Have pulled the Dashboard out and have found a worn ODO gear in the cluster so have ordered some more. Have also been tidying up the paint work (a bit, it’s still dodgy as). Still have an issue with the Speedo and not sure if what I have done will have any effect. There’s a leak in the rear seal on the gearbox so have been considering pulling that out as well (and I have heard it’s easier to put the engine in with the box attached) to fix the rear seal and the speedo gear! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I’m more thinking looks wise. And yes, the seats are HEAVY aren’t they! I have replaced them with Recaro’s! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Hey all! I’m looking at creating a XF Hill Climb or track day car. What do XF Sedans look like without their rear bumper? Cool or dud? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Oh, forgot to mention. My youngest and I went to the local racetrack for a bit of a look. There was a turbo RX7 on track and it was shooting 4 foot flames out of the exhaust. Anyway, my youngest loved it! So the XF has sidepipes and I have worked out how to program the ECU to shoot flame, just because he likes it! Funniest thing is, one of my day jobs at the moment is consulting for the Climate Change Office on Electric Vehicle transition for local council. Hypocrisy to the max! [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Hey mate, thanks for chasing me up. Have been pretty busy on the XF (when I get time anyway). Engines out and off to the rebuilders (only for the machining). The plan has altered slightly: Zero decked block Ported head Crow 14770 Cam Cylinders need to be bored out, so will be 40thou oversize as that’s what’s recommended Balance job on the bottom end Light weight flywheel Have gone with the MS3x ECU with the datalogging function, will just be a bit of fun! Have ordered some wiring stuff (the engine bay is a mess), new engine mounts and twin 12” thermos and a Davies Craig Thermo switch. Spent an afternoon cleaning the engine bay and am cleaning up and painting the extractors. So all in all, it’s progressing! Should come in around $3k for everything and should put out some (decent) figures! Thanks for the input! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hey Guys Well I have the engine out and ready to build a mild EFI crossflow for a bit of a fun/track car. I’d love some advice on the plan to tweak it before I pull the trigger, what I’m thinking is: - Port and Polish on Head - Zero deck the block - Strip and rebuild, will be around 40thou oversized I reckon Piston wise - Crow 14892 Mild Hydraulic Cam - Stronger Valve Springs - Megasquirt ECU to control both fuel and spark What do we reckon? Will make some good HP? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. [emoji23][emoji23][emoji23] Oh man! Ha ha I’m so tired can hardly read the screen! Lol Sorry! But it is a cool name! [emoji23][emoji23] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Yup Mr Poison, I’m in Hobart. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hey all! I’ve finally got to the bottom of my timing issue, have pulled the dizzy and it has about 10-15mm of ‘up and down’ play in it. I’m assuming that’s knackered! Lol Only issue is I can’t seem to find any replacements. Any ideas? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Hey guys. I’m throwing around some options for my 87 EFI XF S Pack which needs some work (engine issues). From what I see, I have 4 options with it and I would like to get your feedback/ideas. To preface the options, I would like to use this as a bit of a fun car, do a few hill climb events, some track days and so on. It cost me next to nothing to buy so I don’t want to spend huge $$, think of it as a budget racecar. Plan to build it up over time, so want to pick one direction and evolve it. So the options as I see it are as follows: 1. Ditch the 4.1 and put in a 5.0L Windsor. Benefits- V8 (huge benefit), legal, fits and will work with the 4 Speed Single Rail Costs- Back to a second hand engine (could have issues like the current one), will be hard on the driveline 2. Fix the CrossFlow Benefits- Origional Numbers etc etc however I hardly think a XF will every be worth anything and this one is still in very average nick inside. Probably easiest option and I can learn how to do it myself. Costs- It’s still a 250 Crossflow EFI. You can’t do much with them due to the EFI system so they are what they are. 3. Fix the Crossflow and convert to Carbie Benefits- Interesting option, can run a huge cam and, from what I’ve read, create good power with some minor adjustments and a good Carbie. Costs- Illegal, mine is a 87 Model so has the pollution control gear. Supposed to have a cat as well (I think that went a few owners ago), however who’s going to pull you over and check?? 4. Convert to 4.0 SOHC. Benefits: Cheap motor, makes more power than a crossflow, can be chipped easily, cammed easily and will fit straight in. Cheap too! Costs: Never done an engine swap so could be interesting. Probably won’t marry to the Single rail so will be up for a gearbox too (but a T5 conversion wouldn’t be a bad thing). Would like some opinions or throw some more options at me! Cheers Steve Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks for the encouragement Gents. Took the first steps today. Thought it would be easiest to eliminate the easy things first, so have removed the Intake, Plenum chamber and rocker cover. Have removed the rockers and checked the rods to ensure it’s not a bent rod (it’s not). Some observations so far. It’s unnecessarily complex isn’t it, the Vacuum set up from the rocker cover. Took heaps of pics but much of it could be simplified. The head (from the top) looks great, no buildup of gunk or anything else on the inside of the rocker cover or on the top of the head. I ran an oil flush through it before changing the oil and it seems to have done its job. The prior owner had done a bit of work to it from time to time, fiddled with it a bit. However I’m not sure whether he put it back together well. About 1/2 the bolts on the rocker cover weren’t even finger tight. Maybe the issue is just a vacuum leak from the Rocker Cover? The Charcol Canister line is full of oil. Must be a bit of blowby in the engine, maybe a complete strip and rebuild is on the cards? I’ll keep going, planning to remove the head completely and get to the lifters next. Hopefully it’s just a dodgy lifter and not a cam lobe? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk