right, i know its been a few weeks, but time for an update,
still chucks out loads of diesel smoke on startup, takes longer to warm up now the weather has changed, but once warm runs ok, i have changed the glow plugs, the injectors, new spill pipes, and all fuel sealing washers, aka copper washers, all to no avail.
i've had 3, yes 3 so called diesel specialist's look at it , and all have been pretty much stumped, i have checked the compression twice, all within tolerance, +/- .5 bar of each other, now have a glow plug on no' 4 cylinder broken due to the centre pushing out of the body.
i have come to the conclusion that this engine wants a fight, so this week end i'm going to pull the head off and check all the valves, seats, push rods, i'm fitting a new lift pump, re checking the injection pump timing, removing all the fuel lines and cleaning them again, re grind all the valve seats and then rebuild the top end.
if you guys can think of any thing else i should do while the top is off please let me know, i will check the turbo while it is off also, even though this is in no way connected to the starting problem.
any ideas folks, and if any one is at a loss for something to do this weekend ,and your in my area, your welcome to pop round for a cuppa, and show a bit of moral support for a bloke at wits end in the battle between man and machine
if this does not cure it i'l bin this engine and buy another,
all the best folks,