Not Dead Yet

18 August 2010

Finally… an update! Only, a year in waiting… The engine has been fully rebuilt, and is back in the car. Video below!



The electronics were lashed up to prove the engine. The current coil and points will be replaced soon with a Pertronix FlameThrower II coil and Ignitor II module. The intake and carb will be replaced with an Edelbrock manifold and Holley carb. The radiator replaced with a new shiny one. And a few hoses and the plug wires replaced with coloured ones to jazz things up a bit. A new battery is needed and am thinking about an Optima RedTop, also possibly replace the starter motor with a small high torque one. Fund permitting of course.


Next on the agenda is to fit the exhaust and run the engine through that, to get a better idea of how it sounds. I have a MagnaFlow system ready to be installed, but need to drill a few holes to mount the pipes. The Doug’s headers come with a reducer flange that must be welded to the exhaust pipes, which first need to be cut to size.


Now… a few pictures… showing the engine, and also the front wheelhouses and fenders mocked up. Starting to look good. A little bit excited.


Work in progress.
Should be updated soon…









Removing crank shaft.

20 July 2008

To remove the crank shaft, the crank shaft clamps/bearing caps must be removed.
1 – Bearing cap bolts all loosened. 2 – Gently knock the cap free. 3 – The 5 bearing caps.


Now the crank shaft can simply be lifted up and out.


Now with the engine stripped… you have a very big, very heavy paperweight…

Removing cam shaft.

19 July 2008

With the timing chain, gears and cover all removed (see previous posts) removing the cam shaft is very simple. Just undo the thrust washer and it’ll slide out (carefully).



With the timing chain cover off, it is just a case of unbolting the camshaft gear…


… And pulling the gear and chain off.

Removing pistons.

19 July 2008

First is to flip the engine upside down and remove the oil pump and pan.


Showing the crankshaft and piston connecting rod ends…


It may be needed to rotate the crankshaft until a piston connecting rod end in accessible and also in line with the piston.


1 – The piston rod bolts undone. 2 – The bearing cap gently knocked free. 3 – The bearing cap removed. 4 – The bearing cap and bolts.


1 – Place some rubber hose on the connecting rod studs to prevent damage to the cylinder as the piston is removed. 2 – Two of the head bolts and some elastic bands will catch the pistons as it is pushed out the cylinder. 3 – Place a stick on the piston to be removed and hit the stick with a hammer. This will cause the piston to move through the cylinder…


… and out the other end.


Then just repeat 7 more times and the engine is piston free.