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    Diesels are for tractors, this is a better camless engine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UsPlPMpD-o

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    The free valve system in the Koenigseggs is pretty cool too.

    But I think the 2-strokes are best left to Saabs.
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    Just picked up set of Ajusa lifters sent by OGTS. They are actually made in Spain.
    Waiting for the set of US made lifters.
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    Old racers never die. They just go bench racing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.J. Romano View Post
    Interesting discussion with Gil. He has very good experience with Ajusa lifters reliability.
    He even had them tested for proper hardness.
    Still, we have agreed to replace them with a set of US made Opel lifters from his stash.

    On the other hand, he hears only horror stories about BGA lifters from England.
    Almost ordered BGA lifters from England, but decided to wait for comments as noted.

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    I currently have set of Ajusa lifters, set of BGA lifters and set of US made GM lifters.
    Some say Ajusa lifters are garbage, others say they are excellent. Some recommend BGA, others say they are garbage.
    I will use GM lifters but it is all shot in a dark. Very frustrating, so this is my Friday rant.
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    Your dilemma is partly why I made my disparaging remarks about not liking hydraulics. This whole business of getting replacements that you can trust to stand the test of time or to even function correctly right from the start is very discouraging. At various times it has been extremely difficult to get any at all from our US suppliers. I'm currently on my second set of new lifters because several from the first batch seemed to have inconsistencies compared to the others.
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    One thing about solids, there’s no intermittent sticking of the innards, that has to make them easier to diagnose even though they go bad too once in a while. When I hear these horror stories I always think about the risks a reputable company such as OGTS takes in exploring all aftermarket parts and believe there’s often a lot more that goes into putting something on their shelf than meets the eye to determine its reliability. I trust from my past experience that you are much safer going to them than venturing out on my own. Unlike some others, I seem to have had good luck reconditioning the original Opel hydraulic lifters. Everyone says solid lifters are noisy and need constant adjustment. That said I still have a desire to use a solid cam someday, I also read that they are or can be more aggressive. I’ve been fanatical, still using Brad Penn high zinc on my continued break in knock on wood it seems worth it. I drive down to this repair shop that services Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls Royce and here come that guy in the Opel GT again, (man do I feel out of place) the last time the guy who recognized me gave me a deal on the oil, it’s becoming one of my rituals that I look forward too. At $6-$8 a quart I figure if it’s good enough for those other high end cars it’s gotta be good enough for me. Sorry, not much of a rant, but my 2¢ on a Friday night anyway.

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    Brad Penn

    What weight are you using? and again why? I've always used Vavoline 20w-50 from the time I purchased my car. I read their PDF file on their website and also found this: https://www.dragzine.com/news/penn-g...rom-brad-penn/ Thanks, Jarrell
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    Quote Originally Posted by soybean View Post
    What weight are you using? and again why? I've always used Vavoline 20w-50 from the time I purchased my car. I read their PDF file on their website and also found this: https://www.dragzine.com/news/penn-g...rom-brad-penn/ Thanks, Jarrell
    My car seems to have always liked the 10w-40, it’s a good compromise.
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    BGA lifters arrived from England packed in a plastic bag. Original box seems old and dirty, so it broke and the lifters were all over plastic bag. Some cartridges opened and the lifters were out. Three lifters weree packed in a different cartridges. I see no quality there and wouldn't dare to install them in my engine, so they are going back to the sender!

    Couldn't wait till Friday, so this is my Wednesday rant.
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    Presume that these were BGA lifters purchased from ebay Seller?
    Different packaging containers suggest different manufacturing production run dates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.J. Romano View Post
    BGA lifters arrived from England packed in a plastic bag. Original box seems old and dirty, so it broke and the lifters were all over plastic bag. Some cartridges opened and the lifters were out. Three lifters weree packed in a different cartridges. I see no quality there and wouldn't dare to install them in my engine, so they are going back to the sender!

    Couldn't wait till Friday, so this is my Wednesday rant.
    Before you incur the cost of shipping them back to England, I might be interested in them as "spares". What might it cost to purchase and ship them to me in Calgary? Cheapest option on Canada Post (a clear oxymoron if there ever was!) would be fine. TIA
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    Keith, PM sent.
    Old racers never die. They just go bench racing.

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    It took only a week for Enem to make new cam and to ship it. It arrived quickly but it has been sitting at Canada Customs for the whole week.
    Tried to reach them by phone but they could not give me any information. Their customs clearance can take 1-12 working days!
    They have their web page. Here are some fedbacks:

    “The officer was extremely rude (female) unfortunately I didn’t catch her name. Unhelpful when I asked questions for further clarification for the future and she was very abrupt... however I do believe she was trying be intimidating.. for what reason, I don’t know.”
    “Speak so rudely”
    “There are some really terrible, rude, and unhelpful officers here”
    “Dont expect any good customer service here”
    “Items take forever to clear.”
    “Bunch of goofs working here”

    My Friday rant...
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    ... must be Friday again ...

    Sorry P.J. for your trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.J. Romano View Post
    They have their web page. Here are some fedbacks:

    “The officer was extremely rude (female) unfortunately I didn’t catch her name. Unhelpful when I asked questions for further clarification for the future and she was very abrupt... however I do believe she was trying be intimidating.. for what reason, I don’t know.”
    “Speak so rudely”
    “There are some really terrible, rude, and unhelpful officers here”
    “Dont expect any good customer service here”
    “Items take forever to clear.”
    “Bunch of goofs working here”

    My Friday rant...
    Rude Canadians?

    I don’t believe you.

    Did you try offering beer?
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    I talked to a dude in the NYC Customs building in an attempt to find a package that they had been sitting on for 6 weeks. He said no way would he be able to find it.

    "Why?" I asked, "Can't you just go over to the room or area where the German packages are and take a look?"

    He laughed heartily and said "Imagine a room the size of a jet airliner hanger with a 3 story tall mountain of packages about 50 yards wide at the bottom inside it. At one end a giant snow plow is pushing more packages onto the pile and at the other end 3 people are processing the packages."

    "So, can you take a look?"

    "Uhh....no."


    That package got delivered the day that Hurricane Sandy hit NJ, just before they ordered all the mail men off the streets at 11am. I didn't get the package until 3 days later when, at 8 o'clock at night, a neighbor 3 houses away rang my bell and presented me with the package. The wind had blown my package about 100 feet down the street and onto their lawn where it sat for 3 days.

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