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

Ben Klumper bklumper at mdbworld.com
Tue Jul 6 15:15:34 EDT 2004

Thanks Dave,

The head was never actually apart, but it sat dry for a couple of years. The
other oddity is that while the engine is running I can take the oil filler
cap off and not see any oil splashing around. Mind you, there is a plastic
baffle installed that covers the cams and lifters at the point of the filler
cap that's probably preventing me from seeing anything.

What's the status of your project? I know you were in the market for
upgraded pistons and rods. Did those come in? What else are you doing to the


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dave Kase" <davekase at pdqlocks.com>
To: "Ben Klumper" <bklumper at mdbworld.com>; "eS2 List" <es2 at audifans.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 1:06 PM
Subject: Re: [Es2] Project update...No more foamy oil!

> Woo Hoo!  That's great news Ben!
> Don't worry about the smoke.  There is all kinds of crap that will burn
> 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
> as always. Shut it down, waited a minute and checked the oil. To my
> 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
> like the way the lifters were sounding. More ticking than I think is
> I could be paranoid of course, but I'd still like to have a mechanic have
> 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
> 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
> 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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