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I'm applying to join my local 4x4 response team, and am looking to waterproof my V8. As I understand these engines really don't like the wet, so any pointers you can give me will be great.

I will be looking to add a snorkel later on, but for now, It's just the electrics and things I'm concerned with.

Thanks.

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its easy to waterproof a v8 just remove the engine and fit a tdi lump i for one would not go back to petrol as even fast ford driving used to make her cough and splutter but i only greased things up and never really looked into doing it properly so im sure it can be done i was just lazy,i do miss the old girl though let us all know how you get on as im real interested in this

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Megajolt!

Just fitted mine (I run on gas nearly all the time so didn't want the extra work of Megasquirt) - it started and ticked over beautifully (much better than it ever has before) and to celebrate I threw 2 litres of water all over the ignition and it (as expected) never faltered.

Simple, effective, waterproof. :)

Roger

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The side benefits of a totally waterproof MegaSquirt or MegaJolt ignition shouldn't be forgotten :D

This is one of the best sparky pictures I have seen and I hope that 'FlashRS1998' on the AutosportLabs forum doesn't mind me linking to it...

jolt2.jpg

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hmmm, the mega squirt idea looks awsome, but 2 issues with that

a) I'm not skilled enough to do it, either elctrically or mechanically..I can fix cars ok, just not redesign/modify engines.

b ) Lack of time..I use this car daily, so taking it off the road for several days at a time is a no go for me.

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a) I'm not skilled enough to do it, either elctrically or mechanically..I can fix cars ok, just not redesign/modify engines.

You can always join the queue for my back garden ;) although there's no modifying or redesigning involved, it's basically just joining a few wires and bolting a bit to the crank pulley. You don't even need to worry about tuning it these days, there are maps for most Rover V8's out there available.

b ) Lack of time..I use this car daily, so taking it off the road for several days at a time is a no go for me.

My record is a couple of hours from running on Lucas to running on MegaSquirt, with a bit of prep beforehand (that can be done at leisure without affecting the current setup) you can swap very quickly.

Also, Nige was a total electrophobe when we finally persuaded him to go MS, and now look at him - he's beta testing tuning software that I haven't even played with yet! :o

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is it really that simple fridge?where could i get this megasquirt thingy from and whats it going to cost me as i really miss the v8 power and want another for off roading.im getting all excited here like a kid on christmas eve,cant belive i aint heard about this before is it a new product out or have i had my head under the bonnet for to long?

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Peasey - have a search, Nige's thread is a sort of best-example of a worst-case scenario as he started from scratch, with a fear of electrics, built a complete loom from scratch to very high quality almost entirely off his own back. The end result is a real credit, and also an absolute goldmine of information an explanation.

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  • 2 weeks later...
Also, Nige was a total electrophobe when we finally persuaded him to go MS, and now look at him - he's beta testing tuning software that I haven't even played with yet! :o

I am still a muppet when it comes to electrics - I need to concentrate so hard I can bring on a headache :P:lol:

oh

And its 'Alpha' Software actually :P, :lol:

the last .97 alpha TS Rel will apparently be the last before the beta release,

it has all sorts of tweaks in it, some of which have grasped some I am learning as I type :)

Nige

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