Well.... it was none of the above.
At least I believe that to be true now.
I replaced the water pump as it was
a bit loose....couldn't hurt right.
But alas... I'm pretty sure I've found my
problem... one I created myself...couldn't
leave well enough alone. :-(
I recently went through my dual press/temp
gauge (Whitey's three gauge center dash)
and was recalibrating the temp side.
...warmed up to what I thought was the right temp...
went to reinstall the needle. Then a quick
flick of my finger on the needle just to make sure
it moved freely. What the..???
It wouldn't move up scale at all from center.
The crappy thermometer I was using was WAY
Looks like I over heated the engine big time!
A week or two ago I had just done a compression test
and other such stuff during a tune up. At that time...
comp 148 150 145 148
today's test showed 148 150 70 145
re-torqued the head...no change.
Looks like the head is done. probably cracked
between the valve from over heating during the
Oh well...that'll teach me.
So.... any body got a good 1500 head they care to part with!
Paul Tegler firstname.lastname@example.org
After opening up the tranny today (tunnel out
tranny in place) now weird bits in the oil
gears look fine.... went for another test ride
as I described earlier today.
...changed the water pump... still strange at 2500 rpm.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Carter Shore" <email@example.com>
To: "Paul Tegler" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Spitfires@Autox. Team. Net (E-mail)"
Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2001 1:38 PM
Subject: Re: strange vibrations - resolution - Water pump??
> Do you run a fan on the water pump pulley?
> Maybe it's a wonky belt or alternator bearing.
> If it's on the motor and RPM related, you ought to be
> able to reproduce it sitting still with the bonnet up.
> Do you have a timing light?
> Find a darker area (or wait 'till evening), check out
> what's happening with the belts/pulleys, esp the wp,
> illuminated by the TL.
> I've been amazed how much belt whip you see on some
> cars, observed this way.
> --- Paul Tegler <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Concerning my 'strange womp-womp
> > vibration I just went out for a test drive
> > without the tunnel in place on the Spitfire.
> > I Still couldn't tell where the vib or
> > womp-womp-womp comes from.
> > It seems to be at a sub-multiple of the
> > engine rpm and more noticeable at
> > around 2500-3500 rpm.
> > I was able to take it out of gear and drift
> > at about 40mph down a long gentle hill
> > . No womp-womp.
> > I put it back in gear...back to around 3krpm
> > and I can feel/hear it.
> > Wit ha hand on the tranny it didn't feel like the
> > same sound I was hearing.
> > Now here we go.... Would anyone believe it
> > could be a water pump? I just wiggled
> > the pulley and I can feel ever so slightly a
> > axial side play in it
> > Any thoughts? Anybody?
> > Paul Tegler firstname.lastname@example.org
> > www.teglerizer.com
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