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Some of the work we have carried out on this car

Water pump, carburettor rebuild, cooling-fan conversion

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John's Panther Kallista 2.8L This was John Morrissey's Panther Kallista 2.8L, Molly, before its, sorry, I meant, her respray in 2009. (Pictures of the new Molly are on page 2)

This car has an automatic gearbox and when John first contacted me he was concerned about the engine running erratically at idle, causing all sorts of problems when trying to drive at low speeds. I diagnosed a worn carburettor and possible inlet manifold air leaks causing poor vacuum "signals" to the carburettor's idle circuits. As with any tune-up job, all the ignition parts were checked and renewed where necessary first. To assist with this the 20 year old engine analyser scope was kick-started back to life as it sees very little use on today's cars.

John's Panther Kallista 2.8L Inlet manifold gaskets were an issue on these engines years ago I recalled. They are prone to failure due to heat cycling and I replaced a number of them on Granadas and Cortinas in the 80s when the cars were common. Removal of the inlet manifold revealed that the gasket was not sealing correctly on all the inlet ports so it was replaced with a new gasket. Cylinder compressions were measured and valve clearances adjusted - a fiddly job on this engine.

The carburettor was dismantled and the various serviceable parts removed for examination. We serviced lots of carburettors years ago when they were regarded as a magical item by many professional mechanics and DIYers

Very often, all that was needed was a thorough cleaning and renewal of the various gaskets, valves, diaphragms and springs etc. to restore the part to a state where it could be adjusted and bring the engine back to smooth and efficient running.

If a carburettor was too far gone for us to service it then it was despatched to a specialist rebuilder who could carry out reboring of throttle shafts and other necessary machining or it could be replaced, very often with a Weber kit.

However, in this case a service kit was obtained and the carburettor simply overhauled with this and then set-up on the engine when reinstalled. The fuel pump delivery rate and pressure were also checked and found to be good. The result was a marked improvement in the engine's running.

General view of top of engine A view of the engine top and parts that can influence tuning. The automatic choke, just visible under the air filter, was to be a continuing problem. It was later converted to a manual system. The transmission kick-down cable was defective and a new one was unobtainable so one was manufactured in the workshop.

The automatic chokes fitted to these engines in the factory were very often a problem even on relatively new cars. They could be very temperamental in operation and in Molly's case caused driveability issues when starting from cold as well as regularly filling John's garage with fumes! Molly was to return later for a manual choke conversion (More on that later).

Kenlowe fan conversion Overheating can be a problem on the Kallista so attention was paid to the cooling system. A Kenlowe fan kit was fitted (shown here with the later addition of a rebuilt radiator) and the system flushed and a new thermostat and water pump fitted. New hoses and clips were fitted where needed and the system refilled with fresh, extended-life 50% antifreeze.

The Kenlowe fan kit was fitted to the original weak radiator using a tubular mounting system rather than mounting directly to the radiator core.

The mounting system was made in the workshop and took some time to fit neatly.

Molly left running better but was to return soon for more work, including renewal of the transmission cooling pipes. They were so badly corroded that it was decided that the radiator rebuild would have to be done at a later date if the pipes were to be disturbed.

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