Looking a a 2.0 GL Calibra engine which is forsale. the engine runs fine and gearbox is tight to. but there is a tick from the engine. the engine has about 50000 on the clock. the engine had be sat for while but started after a few turn of the key. then every time after that it turned over on half a turn.
The engine had just about the minimum oil in it. would filling up the oil remove the tick if not what is causing it. also how much would the engine be worth??? Bare in mind condition of buying the engine means taking the whole car from preston to basingstoke via a trailer. which they will do for petrol and a few quid.
At 50,000 miles, I work for Lanarkshire Vauxhall Breakers, and we sell these engines for £400-500. If you can find one for less than £300, you should take it immediately - lots of people want these engines for mods in Novas and replacements in 200k mile cavaliers.
Most of the early 90s 2 litre 8v Vauxhall engines have noisy tappets (cam followers) for the first few seconds, and it will be really pronounced if the engine oil is at minimum - if the oil hasn't been changed recently (you say it's been stood) then it would naturally be a little more noisy because the oil has completely drained to the sump.
So to summarise; 8v engine tappets are virtually inaudible after the first few seconds, unless the oil is low. Most of these engines had self-adjusting tappets, most low-maintenance engines I ever saw.
Incidentally, if this is the C20NE engine from 90-93 with 115bhp, it's one of the best produced by Vaux. Modifiable easily and almost bomb-proof. Bit of a pain to drag it over that journey, but worth it.
putting a carb on would be madness IMHO you'd probably lose power/torque unless you put twin carbs on, and then you'd be visiting the tuners monthly and the petrol station twice as much
also i paid £180 for my '90 SRi 130 engine delivered, dunno the miles but it runs sweet and got 156bhp at the mig shootout
he was on about a weber single carb, which are twin choke. i presume his 40/45/50/ is a guess at the primary choke size. I know two people on mig who ran 2.0 8v succesfully with the good old 32/34 dmtl.
nobodies saying it will be more power tommy. But its a cheap and easy way to get a simple torquey and bloody reliable 2 litre project up and running.
Just a note but you can source an inlet manifold off the early 2.0 carltons which were carbbed. same engine as the 2 litre 8 valve engines we know and love, only difference they were longitudinally mounted for the rear wheel drive setup. I think the carbbed ones were made up to about 1986 so D reg, and they made 100bhp.