Hi everbody, I've just uploaded a video in YouTube. It would be nice, if "somebody" takes a look and an ear to the sound. Here's the text: ""coldstart" by 20 degrees celsius outside temperature. rocker arms and shafts are new. the valve tips have only appr. 1 mm material left. the lifters and pushrods are "old", but they are looking good. oil and filter are changed. the rods and the lifters are spinning - I think, that this is normal. if the engine gets warmer, the noise is getting less. even after appr. 3 minutes the oil appears on the top of the rocker arm and goes down to the end to prime the valve tip. less than one: no oil. the oil indicator in the cockpit shows pressure quickly and any time. oil: 20 W 50. any suggestions ? oil pump? valves (guides) ? hydraulic lifters ? pushrods ? a rod knock ? or maybe everything....if you like, you can also e-mail me: sherrick@gmx.de. many thanks, Robert out of Germany."

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Tony, this is also my thought. This combination is not good. After running my engine the first time to operating temperature, I've changed the oil and the (long) filter. I've cranked it again and the oil pressure was even better than before. So, in a few days after running this car for a while, I will change the oil and the filter (this time the shorter one) again. Then, I think, there's nothing left to do for me....thanks again, Robert


sounds like oil pressure is working on spec which is always the best news after  engine work  is completed 

hope you enjoy many miles of trouble free driving —on the rebuilt engine as you are off to a very good start having had a good engine fire up and  break in run —after the repairs  were done 

Getting that first start up right has all to do with the engines successful  longevity as parts are seating correctly  ( metal to metal surfaces are polishing themselves ) in that first run up 

nice job 


Hi guys, here's a short update in what was happening. In June I was in Croatia with my caravan. I "only" had a problem with my self-refurbished fuel pump. When the engine was hot, the new diaphragm could not built the required pressure, so the engine "died" several times. Finally I activated the electronic fuel pump, which was already mounted near the gas tank. After that I installed a new mechanical fuel pump, which was shipped by a friend to my location. The oil pressure was good at any time. In August I was in the Netherlands - again with my caravan. This time with no issues - what a surprise ! In September fixing the problem with the resistance wire. This issue caused the death of the (new - July 2018) ignition coil. I put in back the original coil (I really think, that this is the first) together with the new wire and the resistor and this old lady gives me a kiss, every time I see her. Thanks for reading...



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