[Es2] Project update...No more foamy oil!

Dave Kase davekase at pdqlocks.com
Tue Jul 6 15:07:14 EDT 2004

Woo Hoo!  That's great news Ben!

Don't worry about the smoke.  There is all kinds of crap that will burn off
a fresh engine.

As for the lifters, they will likely work themselves free of air.  Did you
prime them before installing them?

Anyway, glad to here it is running.

Dave Kase
poser S2 look with 3B still waiting to be put together....

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ben Klumper" <bklumper at mdbworld.com>
To: "eS2 List" <es2 at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 2:58 PM
Subject: [Es2] Project update...No more foamy oil!

> Well I can now say I'm cautiously optimistic about the state of my
conversion. This past weekend I pulled the oil pan off (hopefully for the
last time!), replaced the suction tube with the old one from the 7A,
replaced the oil pump, put on a new filter and filled it with 15-40 oil.
Despite still getting the oil pressure warning (I'm positive it's an
electrical glitch) I nervously let the engine run for about ten minutes -
its longest stint to date. Oil pressure on the gauge showed a normal 5 bar,
as always. Shut it down, waited a minute and checked the oil. To my pleasant
surprise, the oil looked normal! No more foam or froth. Now I don't know
whether it was the pump, pick up tube, filter, the fact that I let it run
for a while or a combination of all of the above. Needless to say, I'm
pleased at the outcome. My only hesitation comes from the fact that I didn't
like the way the lifters were sounding. More ticking than I think is normal.
I could be paranoid of course, but I'd still like to have a mechanic have a
listen before I take it for its first boot. Could it be that the lifters
still have a bit of air in them and it just might take a while before it's
all worked out? A mechanic told me that it sometimes can take 30-40 km's of
driving before all the air is worked out of a freshly rebuilt engine.
> The other minor worry was that I was starting to see light smoke coming
from the exhaust manifold and turbo area. I think I can attribute this to
some of the fresh paint heating up and burning off of the exhaust parts and
engine block. Anyone else experience this?
> As for the electrical glitch, I was going through the wiring diagrams at
home and it seems that I may have neglected to connect a ground strap from
the block to the body. This is something that I'll check next time I'm at
the garage. It's the short (8") braided copper ground that is found on the
driver's side engine mount and connects to the frame. I recall this strap
breaking when I pulled the 3B from the donor and I don't remember ever
replacing it. Would it make sense then that if the block is not grounded,
neither are the oil pressure senders? I'll keep everyone posted.
> Other than that, the conversion is complete with the exception of having
the front bumper painted and putting the S2 badges on. I told myself those
would be the last things to go on!
> Ben
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