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My 1966 Bellett 1500 sedan 
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Joined: Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:41 am
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Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Car(s): 1966 Bellett 1500 sedan
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Stickman wrote:
redback wrote:
Well done and congratulations on the placings.


Are you burning the oil (smokey) or is it leaking out?


By the looks of the rear bumper there could be a bit coming out the tailpipe


Stickman has it correct, the oil dissapears through the exhaust. Actually I was told before I bought it, that the engine smokes. It's not visible smoke, but the result is visible on the bumber.

I guess I need to check the compression in cylinders. If compression is unequal, I would suspect that oil rings are stuck, if compression is OK, then I suppose the problem is in valve rod gaskets (What is the correct term in english?).

I think I need to dismount the engine anyhow, because there is a broken bolt in the exhaust manifold, which needs to be replaced.

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Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:33 am
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Some pics from Special Stage.
As you can see from the 2nd picture, the brakes are still uneven. Left is locked while right one still spinning. But it didn't bother at all.

Full gallery here

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Mon Feb 12, 2018 3:58 pm
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Got the compression checked today. All cylinders have almost equal 130-150PSI (9-10bar), that leads to two theorys: 1) The engine is badly worn, thick oil itself causes good compression.
2) Piston group is OK, oil leaks from valve seals.

But question is, why and how is there no visible smoke and no marks of oil burning on the sparkplugs. I think there should be with that kind of oil consumption.
Sparkplugs are OK, only 4th cylinder's was bit darker than others. Fuel mixture may be bit strong, soot on rear bumper comes from that.

Has anyone else had anything like that, oil dissappearing mysterically?
Could it be through the crankcase ventilation? Why?

There is no visible leak, I haven't found any oilspots under the car.

Need to figure out what to do with the engine. Easiest should be to replace the valve seals and see what happens.



I also got some info from Finland today. My car first arrived in Finland 19.07.1965, and was bought 02.04.1966 by a guy named Martti, just like me.


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Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:57 pm
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:D This has been a great read,love your car,and the photo's,my first Bellett was a Tear Drop,not left hand drive,but was a very similar blue,great lookin car,Gerry


Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:43 am
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Location: Tallinn, Estonia
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Thanks Gerry, I'll try to keep up!

Today I was lucky. During some random googling, I found my Bellett from the internet for sale. The ad was many years old, but there was a phone number. Of course I called, and got in contact with the first owner in Estonia.

The car had been a gift for his 16th birthday in 2000. His friends had bought it from Finland for a bottle of vodka. In Finland, it had been in a barn for a long time, it had literally been sunk in the ground.
When brought to Estonia, it had been under original color, light beige.

He also told me, that original door upholstery is still there, under the white covers, but on the front doors, there have been holes cut for speakers.

It was also confirmed, that the car had never been inspected (street legal) in Estonia before 01.02.2018. The first owner only drove it illegally on some smaller roads round his home. Most of the time it stood in the garage.


On the pics in the ad, the car looks much better than it does now. Chrome parts seem to be almost spotless.

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