It's quite frustrating. There is nobody within 150 miles who knows SPICA pumps - heck I probably know as much as many others closerby, but I just don't have the time to do the work as I had twins a month ago.
Plus - after I changed the pump, an oil leak sprang up between the timing chain cover and the cylinder head - a gusher. So the car hasn't been driven 1000 miles in 15 months. Additionally, I have an internal engine problem which leads to smoking on decel. Unsure whether it's rings or valve seals / guides. Leak down test makes me think seals/guides.
So - I think the engine needs to come out. I found a guy who can do some work - but he's never seen a SPICA pump. So, that's not much help.
I'd consider pulling the engine on my own with help from another local board member, saving some $$ on that labor and installing the pump myself - except i'm not very good at it. Also, with that amount of $$ and time invested, I'd expect the dang thing to work. And with the twins - time isn't there.
Which leads me to my point - I'm considering switching to Webers. I don't like the idea, but most any 'foreign sports car' mechanic will be familiar with them. Since I'm pulling the motor, I could get a ported head and some high compression pistons, which I couldn't really do without having Wes build ANOTHER pump for me to handle the higher performance engine.
Basically - what I got with my SPICA install was about $700 in knowledge that I've got alot of other things to do that cost alot more $$!! But my car doesn't run any better at all, and has a new oil leak. Doesn't inspre confidence in doing future projects on my own.
Of course, I could just pull the motor and replace with a standard head and hope the smoke on decel is just the valves, and get a new CSS. I'd save money at least.