Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Turbo TR1 (part 14) - It's never too late for a happy childhood

It's gone a bit quiet around the ol' Turbo, right? Well let's just say, the legendary fail-possum (RatbikeZone-Readers will understand) has struck in form of that T3-turbo neither being properly balanced and the positive obviously not being the first choice for a draw-through setup.

Dama con l'ermellino - Leonardo da Vinci
(Who said there's no such thing as classic education here, eh?)
Originally my plan was to use a GT1544 from an old Opel Turbodiesel and rebuild the whole lot to a blow-through turbo. This would have been the right way to do it, but also very complex and time-consuming.

Luckily I stumbled over a couple of posts, that a CT20 turbo as found in the old Toyota Hilux "2L-T" engines is actually carbon sealed (at least certain versions) and is quite a bit smaller than the old T3, so spool up should be better.

This is where my friend Mouse comes into play as I found a CT20, which seemed to tick all the right boxes and was being sold at a breakers not too far from him. A matter of hours laters, I was sent this picture:

It'll be a while until the horse-drawn carriage of her her majesty's finest Royal Mail will have the parcel delivered to the old continent, but it will.

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