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1500 engine fire

Discussion in 'Fuel System & Electrics' started by peter drogi, Mar 27, 2018.

  1. peter drogi

    peter drogi Member

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    Yesterday morning driving to work had a fuel hose come away from carb.. Had a strong petrol smell then in seconds loud explosion.. Turned of engine looked in rear mirror to see flames obscuring the rear view.
    Grabbed 1 kg powder extinguisher. And went to the back.. It was well lit..flames comming from under the engine also out of the wheel arches.
    The little extinguisher did its best. It ran out leaving a few spot fires about. Wiring still smoldering.. A fellow behind me jumped out of his truck and grabbed his fire extinguisher and came to finish the last few flames ..
    He then asked if im ok??
    Its my daily driver..cant afford to lose it.. We laugh and push it out of Hume Hwy.
    I call my boss to let him know. No show today.
    Got the little bug back home several hours later.. And in the sunshine.. I washed the extinguisher powder out of it .
    Its not too bad.
    All the wiring is gone.
    Fuel lines non existent.
    So pondering whether its a good excuse to pull it out and go over it.. Tighten the heads . degrease. Check clutch and throwout...oil change. Valve clearance. Just have a look around the tinware .
    While its out do the rewiring in the engine bay.then put it back in.
    Issue.. Its my only car. Need it for work.
    So the lesson is.
    Check fuel lines on regular basis.
     
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  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    WOW................glad it is all OK

    Had same same years ago but I was not so lucky :(

    Definitely pull it out as the heat will have affected many things
     
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  3. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Lucky save.
    Ensure all the powder is gone .
    Any remainder corrodes the carbs and engine metal.
    I would suggest a dilute vinegar rinse then fresh water.

    Thorough clean of all bolt on parts probably a good idea. ;)

    Peen and glue the spigots into carbs.
     
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  4. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Glad it was saved.
    No good time to pull an engine unless you have to so GO FOR IT ....... a good clean and check then fix what needs fixing - do it once and do it right for worry free motoring ahead :D
     
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  5. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    Ah...have a couple of experiences of this Peter. It's a bit disconcerting:oops:

    See it as an opportunity to make sure it doesn't happen again;).
    At least you'll have new fuel lines:p.

    As cbus says make sure you clear the powder & then do the big clean up.

    Give yourself a new starting point that you can RELY on. Do the comments you made.

    Sorry you're off the road but that's better than toast:D & no ride.

    :(
     
  6. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Glad it’s salvageable.........many aren’t! :(
     
  7. peter drogi

    peter drogi Member

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    So. The saga continues.
    Took off the twin Kadrons. Removed plugs and remains of the generator belt.
    Placed a spanner on the crank pulley and its %÷#!!@ hard to turn.
    Its just sealed the deal.
    Out for further investigation.
    Then do the sums on repairs.
    Approach minister of finances with flowers and break more good news.
     
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  8. Mordred

    Mordred Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry to hear that. I hope it isnt too big an inconvenience to get her back on the road. Damn lucky too.

    Adrian
     
  9. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Bugger :( ...... hope the MoF ok's the $$$$$ :confused:
     
  10. Alpal

    Alpal Moderator Staff Member

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    Not good but better than a total.
     
  11. peter drogi

    peter drogi Member

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    Looking at bigger displacement. Ringing around.
    MoF is divorcing me by the looks of things.
    Kids are telling time to grow up and get a conventional car....
    I am at a cross road. If im going to spend excess of $ 4000 to get the motor back bigger and better.. Or roll that money into a deposit for a shiny little characterless korean
    Shit%#x and be swallowed in the masses..
    Stay tuned..
    In negotiations with several engine builders.
    Engine will be shipped to the engine builder to be sorted out.. Thinking going bigger. Currently its a broken 1775 cc with twin Kadrons.
    Might go 1916 cc and put a big smile on my face and upset the little Korean cars at the lights..lol
    Thanks for following the ordeal.
     
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  12. peter drogi

    peter drogi Member

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    Just cant beat classic car driving.
     
  13. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Peter, can feel your pain .... the MoF here takes the same line :confused:
     
  14. melissa

    melissa Administrator Staff Member

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    Peter - spending $4k on a motor (which no one wants to do unless they have to) is better financial sense - it keeps its dollar value and increases whereas the $4K spent on a kmart car is depreciating with every day you own it and every km you put on it.
     

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