Why Do Mice like Delicas

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Why Do Mice like Delicas

Postby lrp374 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 11:45 am

On my recent trip to Silence lake I came home to find another mouse nest on my batteries. This is @ least the third time it's happened and I'm concerned they'll do more than chew up the paper towel I use to check my oil. I've also had other occasions where I can hear them chewing somewhere under the drivers seat. A blast on my air horn usually quiets that down but that is best used when your the only one in the camp site. Has anyone else had this issue or found a simple solution?
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Postby Growlerbearnz » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:06 pm

Is it because we store comfortable nesting material close to the warm engine and delicious wire insulation?

...wow. When I say it out loud it's humorous, but written down it sounds properly snarky. Which in itself amusing, so it stays ;-)

How's the Hyundai engine going? I'm up to 9000km on mine and it's getting better and better as it breaks in.
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Postby lrp374 » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:50 pm

Your eagle eye has caught an unusual sight! I got the engine provided and installed by Benn @ Comox Valley Delica in January. So far so good after about 3500 km. I have just increased my boost to about 15 psi which was quite the chore. It brought back a few curses I'm surprised I even remembered.The only issue I seem to have , now that my A/C is working again, is it appears to run hot after long uphill grades even if I shift down as low as second and keep the RPM's up. I had this issue ( note NO Problem ) with my old engine but I don't think it was quite as bad. This mostly happens when I have my boat on top and the inside full of camping gear. The temperature will rise with just the van as well but of course it is much more manageable. I had the radiator recored a couple of years ago and it really didn't seem to make any difference. I'm not sure what to try next. Maybe a mouse is in there somewhere as well!

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Postby Growlerbearnz » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:10 pm

My temperature gauge sits a little higher with the new engine too- I think the Hyundai sender has a slightly different response curve. I have a second gauge on the radiator header tank, and that reads about the same as on the old engine (Radiator was re-cored about 4 years ago) so I'm fairly confident the new engine isn't running any hotter. The radiator takes longer to heat up too, which suggests the new engine is running cooler, or at least more efficiently.

EGTs are dramatically lower with the new engine (Cruises at 600F, where the old engine was cruising at 900F. Absolute maximum I can provoke is about 1200F, whereas the old engine would happily zoom past 1400F if you let it.)

The temperature gauge now sits at 1/3 or below around town, can rise to halfway when going up a long hill unloaded. When towing the caravan or with a load of plywood in the back the same hill will get the temperature gauge up to 2/3, maybe 3/4, but always comfortably below H. With the old engine I would back off when it got above 2/3, but the new engine seems to stabilise there and doesn't get any hotter.

My boost is also set to 15psi max. The Hyundai turbo is allegedly good to 17psi, but it doesn't seem to make any more power above 15. I've also turned up the fuelling a little, using an air/fuel ratio meter to make sure it never gets below 18:1 (at anything above 1300rpm the turbo is working, so it's difficult to provoke anything less than 25:1. Usual cruise is around 40:1).

My engine is approaching 9000km. It's still loosening up, running quieter and more efficiently with just a bit more power. The other day I had to lower my idle speed; I'd set it to 750rpm when the engine was new, and it had crept up to 1000rpm as the engine bedded in.
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Postby lrp374 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:38 pm

Thanks for the info Growler. Your EGT readings are interesting. Mine is exactly the opposite! My old engine had the probe after the turbo and I never let it go above 1100 and if the Boost was still 15 I could go quite a awhile before the water temp went up. The new motor has the same probe installed in the EGR blanking plate. It is very fast to respond and can easily reach 1200 or more if I let it. The temp gauge does take quite a while to go up but I've let it go to within likely an 1/8 " of the upper line. That makes me nervous. Once up @ that point it takes a long time to go down even on level ground. Do you think my fuel ratio could be off? I know Benn said he did make some adjustments.
Now back to my mouse problem. I was out for a week of fishing, camped in a very nice area where I didn't even see a mouse or any other rodent for that matter but I know they are there!!!
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