I recently aquired a spare Vitesse engine (ebay has alot to answer for!) either to rebuild or to go in the car while the existing lump gets a freshen-up. It is mechanically complete, turns smoothly and has moderate end float.
Like my existing one it is a mk11 and the engine numbers appear to be within 700 of each other:
In car: HC 541XX HE
Spare: HC 548XX HES
So question 1 is what is the significance of the 'S' suffix?
Also there are some visual differences.
1. The engine in the car has the older straight sided block whereas the spare has the later 'bubble' sided one.
2. The engine in the car has the front pulley and harmonic damper vitually the same diameter, the spare has the front pulley considerably smaller than the harmonic damper.
Anyone have any ideas why there should be these differences?
Heads both have the same number on them and are consistent with Vitesse MkII.
I always understood all Mk 2 Vitesses had flat top pistons and the hotter cam - I'm hoping this is true!