Flaminia Oil pressure, compression test and white smoke

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tanger911
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Flaminia Oil pressure, compression test and white smoke

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Hi to all,

I am looking into purchasing a Flaminia GT (826) that has been sitting for 10+ years. The seller has started the car but I have a few concerns about the engine:

- I checked compression for the 6 cylinders earlier this morning, results were very good, 135+ on all cylinders

- The oil pressure however, is not great. It reads almost 4 when cold, but gradually diminishes as the engine warms up, to around 3 at 3,000 rpm and maybe 1 when idle.

- And there is a significant amount of white/grey smoke coming out of the exhaust. We let it run for 20 minutes or so and the amount of smoke stays the same.

Any ideas? The car is very complete but needs to be restored. And I want to avoid a costly and complicated engine repair. After checking th oil, it could have been a bit over-filled. Could that explain the smoke? Could the valve seals be worn?

What about the low oil pressure?

Here is a link to a video showing the smoke [url]https://www.dropbox.com/s/zqy4rqbmz0yof ... 0.MOV?dl=0[/url]

Below are pictures of the oil pressure reading at idle and at 3,000 RPM, and a few of the car

Thanks for your comments, they will be greatly appreciated

Henry
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Mitka
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Re: Flaminia Oil pressure, compression test and white smoke

Unread post by Mitka »

Hey,

Looks like a nice car!

I find it normal for my oil pressure to drop to 1 when slow idle. As for the smoke it looks like it might have a bad head gasket leaking some water?

Best of luck
gcarenini
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Joined: 18 Jan 2011, 12:21

Re: Flaminia Oil pressure, compression test and white smoke

Unread post by gcarenini »

Hello guys,

15W40 @ 90°C:
around 1 Bar @ idle
2 Bar @ 1500 RPM
3 Bar @ 2000 RPM
4 Bar from 2500 RPM

The compression is not so high and the smoke is not normal, maybe Mitka is right, check carefully for water in the oil and/or oil in the water, also I suggest you to check the carburation.

Kind regards

Giovanni
Huib
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Re: Flaminia Oil pressure, compression test and white smoke

Unread post by Huib »

Or brake fluid getting into the intake through the vacuum hose?
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