Monday, May 25, 2015

Done In Distributor, Done Up

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>
Back in December last year, I bought a knackered distributor off ebay for the princely sum of £7.50. For that price, you don't get much, but what you do get is a project. Add that to the other semi-knackered distributor that came with one of the engines I bought and you have a recipe for '2 into 1' success'. Well that's the plan at least...

Not looking too tidy.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Front Plate and Timing Decisions

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>
In the post Putting The Gearbox On , I loosely attached the front plate to stop the half moon seal bulging out when the gearbox squashed it into place. Now that all the RTV on the gearbox and seals has properly cured, it's time to attach the front plate permanently and also decide once and for all, what type of timing drive I'm going to use.

Front Plate


Friday, May 15, 2015

Transfer Housing and Flywheel

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>

In the previous post, the gearbox and engine were finally reunited and for the first time the project looked like it was going somewhere. Hopefully from now on, with each step should the engine should start to look more and more like an engine should. To that end, my attention now turns to bolting on the transfer housing.



Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Putting The Gearbox On

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>

Finally after weeks and weeks of work, it's time to bring the newly refurbished gearbox and the engine block together. For some reason this fairly straight forward 'bolt together' job seems very significant, almost as if some kind of milestone has been reached. As ever with these kind of 'simple' jobs though, the devil is in the detail.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Setting The Idler End Float

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>

It seems like the engine build has been dragging on for ages with little progress recently as I've spent ages rebuilding the gearbox, but before I can race ahead and attach the gearbox to the engine, I need to make sure the end float on the idler gear is correct. I'm aiming for between 3-4 thou. The problem is though when I checked it, it was so tight it was locking the idler gear in place. Hmmmm, what to do...



Friday, May 8, 2015

Installing New Idler Bearings

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - (Gearbox Refurb)' project>

Now that the transfer case and clutch cover are back from the soda-blasters and looking all clean and new, the last thing to do to them before they can be fitted is to install new idler bearings. Seems fairly straight forward and it probably would be if I had a bearing press, but as I don't have one, I'll have to find another way.

Looking nice!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Squealing Brakes

Driving around in a car that is 27 years old, there are always little quirks and noises that come with the deal. Occasionally they get to the point where they need sorting. Generally I move it up the list based on how dangerous it sounds v's how much time I have to fix it.

Recently though the brakes have started to make a horrendous squealing noise, which although isn't dangerous, is so bad on the ears that it needs sorting asap. Below is a short video highlighting the problem.



Friday, May 1, 2015

Transfer Housing Idler Bearing Extraction

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - (Gearbox Refurb)' project>

In the previous post I managed to come up with a quite frankly genius (by genius, I mean free) method of extracting the idler bearing from the gearbox. Unfortunately the corresponding idler bearing in the transfer housing seemed stubbornly immune to my thrifty tinkerings, leaving me in perilous danger of having to buy a special tool for the job! Just when all hope seemed lost, I had a brainwave.

The idler bearing stubbornly remains in place,
but not for long...