Yes, it's back and we love it. The car received a few hungs and kisses yesterday when I came home with it - it's a little like welcoming back a long lost family member! The funny thing was that all day, I couldn't really beleive that I was actually going to pick the car up! I took the train to the garage, and felt I had to call them before leaving - to arrange pickup at the station, I said, but the truth was that I wanted to give them the possibility of telling me it hadn't worked out. All day, my mind was inventing stupid reasons why it should not work out!
And there weren't actually any real problems. Torben is a very good mechanic! The only real problem he had was that there was air trapped in the servo circuit and it took some 20 km of driving for them to get it out. A very small problem compared to the amount of time spent on the operation!
Can you tell the difference? It's easier to see from the underside:
As Lennart mentioned, this engine is very well hidden in the car! But frankly, I don't think it's a pity to "hide" this new engine - the car is much better with the engine INSIDE it than OUTSIDE it!!
Is it better than the old one? I think it's a bit less noisy when cold, but otherwise it's difficult to tell the difference. But if I get in doubt whether we really have a NEW engine, I only need to remove the oil cap and look down at this:
I took one of the damaged cylinder heads with me yesterday, and enjoyed myself taking the cams out of it. They will look good on my workshop table
What a pity to scrap this engine, it's hardly worn after 192 kkm
The only signs of wear I have been able to find is a little wear on one of the cam bearings in the head:
Tom, I've got the cam covers for you. I also have a 3000 km old servo pump (we renewed it in December), an alternator, an aircon compressor, a starter which looks brand new (but I think it is as old as the engine), and a load of other parts too good to be scrapped: