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  1. Unfortunately my last rally ended with a head-on impact to a giant wet straw bale, following brake failure :-o Car didn't look too happy about it afterwards Removing the broken radiator, oil cooler, water pump, alternator, timing cover, oil filter and other now-scrap parts leaves it looking like this More to be removed, needing new whole nose cone to be grafted on, replacement inner wing and chassis rail end, plus bonnet, wings, bumper and headlamps. The engine also coming out as it had poor compression on one cylinder before the event, despite running quite nicely, as I don't know if it sustained any further damage besides the front-end alloy parts being smashed - it may have run a while as it threw out all its oil. So I have a replacement engine on the way, onto which I'll put my manifold and megasquirt injection plus coil packs and dumpy dizzy. Have already sourced SD1 front cover, alternator bracket and water pump to go on there. Will quite likely take this opportunity to make some changes to routing of MS wiring, also putting ECU in a different location in the car as heater gubbins all being removed as part of this work (it wasn't connected anyway) and dash wiring to get a revamp too to use more circuit breakers and individual circuits. Not sure when that will all get done as it involves time and money, neither of which are exactly easy to get and to throw at the car...
  2. Bit of an update. Had done various mods to the car as a result of ralling exploits (suspension, brakes, pedal box, rust repairs, more rust repairs, wheels, tyres, more tyres, headlamp repairs, other panelwork repairs, cooling pipework, sump guard, wiring, lsd, valley gasket) As for engine management, had mostly left that alone as it was working ok. I did dial in some offset for the timing wheel trigger as tdc didn't quite match. I may still be off a degree so I should check it closer again. Doesn't seem to pink so not feeling at risk of damaging the engine anyway. Also put in one of Nige's t-stat restrictor plates as car was running with no stat. It does now appear to run cooler than it did without that plate in there, so must have affected flow around the top of the engine. I had done a rolling road session on the SD1 flapper-based setup, showing dips, spikes and wobbly lines galore. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rutthenut/17039536955/in/album-72157633168218122/ Got around to a further session last week with the MegaSquirt installation, running near-enough standard Nigel map settings. Power/torque curves look much happier now, although dip with WOT at low revs would benefit from filling in. https://www.flickr.com/photos/rutthenut/29329676561/in/album-72157633168218122/ Outright power is probably not what I would hope for, though given lack of fine tuning of mapping values, seems fair enough so far. It also sounded pretty good on the rollers https://flic.kr/p/LNQaiR
  3. Tacho output for rev counter?

    Ended up taking advice earlier in this thread - got a cheap tacho from fleabay and connected it to the EDIS IDM output, which worked. Seems the tacho-fudge box requires that the ecu has a tacho output mod, which isn't something Nigel does/did. I haven't tried connecting the tacho-fix to EDIS output to see if that would drive my old TIM tacho but might give that a try one day. I would like to fit a decent tacho some time but won't buy one if it isn't certain to work in this installation. With a 5200rpm rev limit, the tacho is mostly there for scrutes to do noise tests at 4500rpm. I really should adjust that to a better (6-cyl?) config...
  4. Timing

    Fair enough. I'd think that if static 10 BTDC is actually 12 BTDC, then I probably have to specify -2 to get 10 deg BTDC, but if wrong, that makes if 4 degrees out. Will take your advice and create a temporary timing map with 10 degree settings and tweek the trim figure to get it where I want it. Thanks for comment
  5. Timing

    Ah, that final comment helps a lot. My trigger appears to be out by about two degrees, when checking with static 10 deg value it is actually running at 12 deg BTDC. If I set it to 8 in TunerStudio then it shows up on timing light where I want it, at 10 degrees actual. Tried putting in adjustments to that field above and seemed to make no difference. Put in bigger adjustments, yep, no change. Thought I was doing something wrong. From your comment above, that is expected behaviour. Not sure if I need to put in 2 degrees, or -2 degrees to get it right (8 degrees static setup actually gets 10 degrees timing). From my description, do you think it should be a +ve or -ve adjustment? Guess that changing the map as you say to work with static 10 deg and put in an offset, I should then see the effect. Cheers
  6. Whilst trawling the web for other info about Rover v8 ecu mapping/tuning, I came across this PH thread http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?f=8&h=&t=15275 In it, Mark Adams provides some explanations as to the sort of issues his (Tornado) chip tuning can improve on Lucas setups. I think it's interesting to see how many of those issues are just what the MegaSquirt advice on this forum also aim to resolve. * startup delay is a neat aspect, to allow oil pressure to build, not something I've seen described or suggested here * startup fuelling reduced to prevent flooding - lots of startup/enrichment maps in MS, plus the 'flood clear' option (don't think the Lucas setup does that, does it?) * mapping on mid/full throttle certainly covered with MS fuel maps * fuel map extended to 6500 - advice on setting maps with values at each end of the range * airflow scaling - MS using different sensors avoids this * lambda feedback over-correction and poor running - lots of control in MS for feedback authority, etc And of course, MS gives ignition control too, which Lucas CU/CUX ecu has no knowledge of...
  7. Fan cut-off

    Figures quoted above certainly seem low, but I wondered what 'the old days' approach may refer to? Just cooling as much as possible was 'old tech' I guess? Do you agree or disagree with what Ramon describes about [sD1] RV8 cooling issues here? http://www.vintagemodelairplane.com/pages/Snippets/EngineTemp01.html He has a lot more theory (and fact) here, which can make for interesting reading. http://www.vintagemodelairplane.com/pages/Downloads/Rover_PDFs/RV8EfiCooling01.pdf
  8. MS1 Radiator fan control problems

    Did you go ahead with an MS mod to control the fans, or stick with different thermostat setup, etc?
  9. Thought I'd add my success story here, albeit not an LR4x4 but has the benefit of this forum - thanks to Nigel and the wealth of information from many contributors on this forum. I've got an Opel Manta (GT/E) coupe that was built by a previous owner as a rally car for tarmac stage rallying, with a Rover V8 engine fitted into it. The donor for that engine would have been the Rover SD1 3500, single plenum 'flapper' Lucas injection system, distributor, etc. Although it worked fairly well, the engine was exhibiting common failings that arise with that factory setup over time: * Poor idle control, especially hot or when electric fan kicks in * Flat spots, worst when using wide-open throttle from low revs; engine would bog down a lot before chucking the car up the road * Misfiring some of the time; hard to pin down the cause even when new coil, plugs and other parts changed Rather than continuing to replace various parts, chasing common problems, I went for the recommendation of fitting MegaSquirt engine management. I bought a full kit of parts from HFH at http://www.megasquirt-v8.co.uk/ms_3-5_etc.php, including new top-end parts to replace 'flapper' injection components with later 'hotwire' manifold, plenum and parts, as well as trigger wheel, sensor, EDIS-8 and Ford coil packs, and an MS1 ECU pre-loaded with an MSQ map for a standard 3.5 litre RV8 engine. A few differences found along the way where the Rover V8 injection differs slightly between the SD1 saloon and the Range Rover 'Classic' 3.5 v-belt engine but nothing insurmountable. For reference, these differences are: * Injectors; the nose on the bottom of the SD1 injector is of a different size and design to other RV8 injectors - use injectors from the hotwire, or later, setup * Fuel pressure regulator; there are a number of different fuel rails, use whatever seems suitable for your own installation * Crankshaft pulley; there are less parts on the SD1 crankshaft pulley - I do not have power steering so even easier to remove unwanted pulley and fit the trigger wheel * Crank sensor mount; as the crankshaft pulley differs, the bracket provided in the Megasquirt-V8 kit does not put the sensor in line with the trigger wheel - easy enough to space out differently or create a new bracket * Heater matrix feed pipe; on SD1 it is from a pipe at back of the thermostat housing, below the inlet manifold - on the other V8s, from some other pipework (don't yet know where but will probably use manifold heater supply when I eventually plumb in my heater) * Heater matrix return pipe; on SD1 it goes below the inlet manifold, not present on the RR manifold but can be bolted in place with original SD1 pipe and hose Pleased to say that the conversion from flapper to hotwire injection parts was basically easy enough, and that the MegaSquirt setup worked straight off, as per Nigel's instructions. Now, the engine starts reliably whether hot or cold, full throttle is usable from minimal revs, no misfiring evident at all and the engine seems much happier to shoot through the rev range. I still need to do some fine tuning and a before-and-after rolling road power run for comparison purposes to get an idea of how different the power curves, and peaks, may be as a result of the upgrade. I do have a few other things to do for the installation, hence occasional questions to be posted in here. Hope you don't mind the non-LR input :-)
  10. Tacho output for rev counter?

    I've fitted the Megasquirt-V8 kit from Nigel and also got a TachFix from him to get my tacho to work (this is on a rally Manta, running a Rover 3.5 V8). Can anyone please tell me where the 'ecu' feed for the TachFix should be connected to the MS loom, on which pin? I had tried running my crappy TIM rev-counter from the IDM signal but it didn't seem to want to work for me, hence getting the tacho-fix box