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  1. Hi guys, I have just finished fitting my Dellorto 40s to my 8v 1.9 for the third time! The first time I discovered the carb manifold was warped and that water from the holes in the block was leaking in, causing loads of white smoke from the exhaust. The second time I acquired a new manifold and plugged the water holes with silicone prior to fitting, but is still managed to find a route through resulting in more white smoke and bemused neighbours. Tonight I got the set up sorted but I still have the same problem. I'm sure there's no water from the block getting through but I'm still getting loads of white smoke. The oil in the sump is now just a creamy emulsion and the water in the header tank is frothy and smells of oil. My question is, is this a result of so much water being dragged through the engine or should I've looking at the cylinder head gasket? Or perhaps something else I've missed converting to carbs? Any help greatly appreciated before I rip the whole lot apart again!
  2. On my way to work today there was a a lot of road works. A lot of stopping and starting for a good 20mins when suddenly loads of steam starts bellowing out from under the bonnet. The plastic water outlet had given way and broke off leaving the water hose flapping about spewing coolant everywhere. Car looked like an old dog that had just pissed itself. I was pretty furious and the big queue of people behind me were quite unsympathetic. Let it cool down and managed to get it home as I was only half a mile away. Either the car has overheated due to the radiator fan not coming on (I didn't hear it come on but I had my music up loud) and caused the overheating resulting in the failure, or this is just a failure point and it was just bad timing. I've ordered a new water outlet and a new thermostat and thermostat gasket and they should arrive on Tuesday. I'll fit it all and run it to see if the radiator comes on and if thats the problem. Don't suppose anyone has heard of this happening or had the water outlet suddenly fail. Water hoses are all brand new bakerbm and water and coolant has been changed in the last month. Cheers, Gav