4age in a mini

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4age in a mini

Postby manifold » Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:52 pm

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Re: 4age in a mini

Postby Alan D. » Tue Jun 02, 2009 4:52 pm

Hi David,

Now you are talking and cheap too. I've been watching it on the16v Mini club site.This is just what Hans needs, Japanese reliability!

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Re: 4age in a mini

Postby Stuart » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:01 pm

I did speed read it so forgive me if I'm wrong But han't he already gone through two Toyota engines already?

Japanese realiabilty, give me an A-series any day :)
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Re: 4age in a mini

Postby manifold » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:20 pm

I think hes gone through a couple of engines as he's basically not a lot of time to do thorough checking over.

you do realize the 4age is basically a domesticated BDA! Wolf in sheeps clothes.

Not a bad engine at all.

Come on Alan, hows about it? :)
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Re: 4age in a mini

Postby Hans Efde » Tue Jun 02, 2009 8:38 pm

My A-series engine is completely reliable between failures. And what goes wrong is my mistake:
- oil hose running loose due to a loose clip, could have been prevented if the oil thermostat had been fastened with a bracket (now it's hanging loose, pulling on the hose),
- water hose ruptured because it was old and gone spongy due to earlier oil leaks (previous owner), now replaced with a new one. I knew it was bad before the trip but hadn't the time anymore to find a new one.

The only reasons for having a Toyota (Yaris) engine would be: more refined running, 5-speed gearbox, less wear and maintenance, more usable power.

It is worth mentioning that Ed's coupe with a standard 1300 engine with twin carbs and airbox pulled easily away from me. My turbo needed a few seconds to spin up and then my car catapulted towards him and I had to release the throttle again. Completely useless (but fun). Less fun was the huge fuel consumption. Ed did on the return trip 1:19 km/l (have no idea how that converts to imp sizes). My car did between 1:10 and 1:12, almost double his fuel consumption!
I think that 2CV with Ferrari engine uses less fuel than my car. (and no, as far as I know my tank doesn't leak).
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Re: 4age in a mini

Postby manifold » Tue Jun 02, 2009 11:58 pm

Supercharger might be better Hans, if your after bottom end grunt.
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Re: 4age in a mini

Postby Hans Efde » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:32 am

No I am happy with the turbo, I like its wild boys behaviour with all the wheezing, sissing and whining. But it just shows how good an almost standard A-series engine is. It's easy to maintain, overhaul and repair. It's fuel efficient if you want to and does a good job dragging the Midas along. It's drawback in my opinion is its weight (about 50kg above a comparable modern engine), size and the lack of a refined gearbox.
For the moment I am not doing anything to the engine, it works and there is plenty of stuff to do on the car itself. I now have a whiteboard in my garage with a large ToDo list.
But first a bit of work in the neglected garden and trying to push out the new TGT in a week or two.
Cheers, Hans
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