MountainPrana wrote:[So as long as there is a big enough difference between open and closed so that it will slow the idle when warm and closed is the main concern right?
You need compression! Desperately! I need to clean my fuel tank! Desperately!
See? We're all at it.
I fixed my compression tester! the little o ring didn't create a good seal where the hose plugged into the gauge. Is it possible that the compression could have improved from putting several hundred miles on her since we hung out? Because when I tested the compression cold the other day after I updated you, I got 1=90, 2=95, 3=90, 4=90. Also, now don't get mad... remember you mentioned some article by a boston dude or something, swore me off of it you did. Well I went and found it. There were two things that I tried different this time, just to try something different you know.
1. I loaded the lifters with oil and bled all the air out of them so that they were rock solid
2. I adjusted one cylinder and didn't worry about the valves springs opening. Yeah they still did. This time however I just went away for 15 minutes and let it sit there at TDC for that cylinder. Then after the time had passed I went back and did another compression test. So this ended up taking like 2 hours to do all 4 cylinders, but for whatever reason they must have self adjusted this time either (maybe the 3rd time having them out and cleaning them helped) because each time I did a compression test it was the same as the cold test 90, 95, 90 and 90.
So I was pretty elated to say the least, was going to add the information and sources to the "Solid Hydraulic Lifter" thread on here. But... she is running like crap, won't hardly start, won't idle. I checked the timing after the valves and it checked out alright. The last few days I have gotten her running and idling occasionally but it seems pretty random which has me
. maybe the lifters are not self adjusting very well? Because the thing is, you see I've been spending the last several weeks at this for 3 to 4 hours a day before Molly gets home from work (She's got the longer day and is amazing that she keeps her spirits up so well!) and on several occasions have felt like I am going crazy, so I'll return the valve adjustment to 0 or .006 and gently ever so gingerly idle her and drive her about a mile on the dirt roads here and she idles and runs wonderfully. So I don't get it, the compression is the same but what would make the running so much different with 1.5 turns of preload. It's enough to make a grown man cry.
The other development is that I had a birthday at the beginning of the month and my Dad said he would buy the camper special kit for me. So I have been meaning to ask you what your thoughts are on that idea? You know that is my long term dream for this motor... and I am a strong believer in second opinions, yours in particular I hold in high regard.
Either way, I'd love to understand what is happening with these lifters because I feel like that will help the mechanic in me grow. And it's driving me crazy that I don't seem to be able to solve this problem.
Sorry, this is getting way off topic!
Tim I thought your tank was getting better slowly?