Saturday, February 27, 2016

Rocking and a Rolling!!

Work on the new engine has been plodding along very nicely of late and some good progress has been made. Today's work though has the significance of finalising most of the engine assembly work, leaving it almost ready to be transplanted back in the car, so without further ado, let's get started...



Thursday, February 25, 2016

Clutch Cover

Now that the cam timing is sorted and all the 'sticky on' bits are stuck on the engine block, it's time now to get the clutch cover on.



Monday, February 22, 2016

Fuel Pump and Front Bits!!

Work on the engine seems to be zooming along now.  In the previous post I got the valve timing sorted out which was causing me some turmoil, so now and it's time to stick a few other parts on the engine. Namely; the fuel pump, oil pressure relief valve, oil filter housing including it's pipe and banjo, oil pressure sender including the take-off for the gauge and lastly the distributor.

It sounds a lot, but it amounts to about an hour or so's work, starting with the fuel pump...



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Valve Timing Turmoil - To Belt, or not to Belt

In the previous post, I made this fantastic (...ly free) timing protractor, so now I suppose I'd better put it to good use and get my money's worth out of it. It's time to check the valve timing...



Sunday, February 14, 2016

Timing Protractor

After the recent flurry of progress, it's time now to get the valve timing sorted which is something that I've thankfully already mastered in this post here. It's something that at first appears complicated, but after getting stuck in you soon come to realise it's really pretty simple.

Anyway, to do this job, I'm gonna need a timing protractor and as they are about £10 or so to buy, I decided to make my own so, here's a quick blog showing the process.



Saturday, February 13, 2016

Oil Pump, Cam In, Clutch On!

In the previous post, it felt like a major milestone was reached when the transmission and engine block were bolted together making the engine look fairly complete. However looks can be deceiving as there's still a ton of work to do. Luckily though, I got a bit of free time, so I tried to blast through the work.


Friday, February 12, 2016

Transmission Housing - Housed!

Now that the idler endfloat has been checked, I can finally get on with the task of assembling the engine, and the first big job is to attach the gearbox or transmission if you prefer..



Monday, February 8, 2016

Idler Endfloat

Now that the pistons are installed, there's one last thing to make sure I get right before I go racing off with the rest of the engine assembly and that's to make sure the idler endfloat is spot on.

Idler gear

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Pistons In

In the previous post, I spent quite a lot of time and energy making sure all the engine parts were scrupulously clean, and having already installed the crankshaft, it's time to get the pistons sorted.



Friday, February 5, 2016

Crankshaft Install - Third time lucky... I hope!

So far, I've found building engines to be a lot like playing a very long game of Snakes n' Ladders... without the ladders... and where all the snakes take you back to square one! You plod along making slow and steady progress thinking all is well, until you land on a snake and end up losing weeks or months of progress, stripping everything back and have to start again.

After my first two attempts at installing the crankshaft (detailed here and here) ended up being not quite as successful as I'd liked. I find myself once again back at square one, about to install the crank, hoping for a little 'third time lucky' goodness...

Don't forget to marinade your crank before cooking!