(Morrigan, as a synonym of Morgan of Arthurian legend)

Monday, 23 November 2009

More engine parts cleanup

No photos but have attacked the sump, timing cover, bell housing and bell housing adaptor castings with marine clean. Pretty pleased with the results, still some spots of muck and grease to get off but will need a pressure washer and wire brush to get them.

Cleaning was prompted by crystal flakes growing off the castings, the engine must of been through some serious salt early on in its life. The stuff is still there in places and will take a wire brush to remove it.

Am going to keep the castings with the painted engine block under my desk at home for the moment, its better than the damp of the shed. Will get around to sorting of the roof out and applying a coat of waterproof sealant, then the de-humidifier will need to do less work.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Painting Head & Block

Managed to get a coat of paint on the head and block, I'll wait till the first coat is dry and then put a second coat on tomorrow evening. Once its cured the head will be re-built and the block is getting mothballed till I can afford the parts.

Ready for painting

First coat on

looks good with the cam cover

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Machined head and Block

Collected the block and cylinder head from Engine Services in Edinburgh, they've done a good job with skimming the block and head, honing the cylinders to remove the glaze and cutting the 48 valves and valve seats.

The plan now is to paint up the block and head, and build up the head. I cant afford the parts for the rest of the engine this month so that will have to wait. The main thing is to get paint on and protect the surfaces.

unclean head

Cleaned head - Valves

Cleaned head - Top

Cleaned Block

Cleaned Bores

On another point I found the receipt for the tyres which are barely used; Pirelli PZERO ROSSO 99Y XL priced at £204 each! With the alloy wheels that's ~£1200 all told... if I can sell them for £600-800 then that would pay for either the whole engine re-build or for a good sized milling machine for producing the throttle body's. at this point I'm ering towards the milling machine.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Engine rebuild stuff

Well dropped the block and cylinder head off at 'Engine Services' in Edinburgh on Saturday, the parts will get dipped, the head and block are going to be skimmed, the valve seats and the valves are getting re-cut (the valves whilst i wait, when i go and pick the bits up next week) and finally the cylinders are having a 'glaze-bust' or light hone to re-condition the bores.

Spent 6 hours stripping the old paint and corrosion from the cam cover and polishing it up as far is possible for aluminium casting. the bare pars have had a coat of Eastwood Extreme high temperature paint / Lacquer. which i will also use on the bell housing and gearbox when i've cleaned them up.

From this

To this - freshly painted Cam-cover