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    2004 Virage i 2019/2020 Winter Project

    I commenced work on my second winter project a couple of weeks ago. I purchased this Virage early last fall with a blown engine. My plan was to utilize a spare engine I had removed from another when the stator developed open coils, salvaging the stator and flywheel, if necessary, from the blown engine.



    As a fuel pressure regulator reinforcement and fuel hose replacement is a part of every project, requiring the fuel tank to be slid ahead, I have found this makes removing/installing the exhaust resonator much easier. Once the exhaust resonator is loose, sliding it ahead, into the space normally occupied by the fuel tank, and removing ti after the engine has been extracted. Likewise, placing the resonator in the fuel tank cavity before setting the engine for re-installation.





    It'll buff out, right?





    Ouch! That must have hurt.





    The donor engine had lost flywheel magnets:







    Once the flywheel magnet debris was cleaned up, closer inspection of the donor engine found the crankshaft was damaged. This was likely from sudden stoppage when the flywheel magnets came loose. Grasping the PTO end of the crankshaft with one hand, the MAG end with the other, and attempting to rotate each end in an opposite direction revealed about 10 degrees of "slop" in the crankshaft. So there went by donor engine. I decided I'd go with an SBT longblock replacement that'll pick up at their facility when we snowbird to Florida in January. Once I prepped the donor engine for a core return, I could view, through the reed cage opening, that issues was between the MAG outer rod counterweight and the flywheel taper.

    I continued work on the hull and other items as far as I could, re-enforcing the fuel pressure regulator, adding O-ring and clamp to oil tank sending unit, buffing the hull, washing out the hull interior, scrubbing the seat and storage buckets clean, etc.
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    Here is another preventive item I perform. On the rear of the EMM mounting bracket is a piece of rubber weatherstripping utilized as a bumper, to prevent the bracket from rubbing through the hull fiberglass wall. These are almost always loose and about to fall off or do fall off. To prevent this, I glue this weatherstrip to the EMM bracket with 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive, clamp, and let dry overnight. It makes a strong bond and alleviates the issue of it potentially falling off and a hole being rubbed through the hull wall.

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