1057cc Engine (nearly finished) and a long day on the road
As the title suggests the engine is now almost complete, the bottom is all together, flywheel clutch etc all fitted and ready to drop straight into the car. The head is away having its seats cut and the new valves machined to fit. I shall pick those up during the week and finalise the engine. I am due to drive down to Maidstone for the weekend of 17th Aug to install the engine.
Here is the finished bottom end (ignore the head sat to one side, that from a different engine I have yet to start on):
After dropping the 1057cc head off at the machine shop this morning and having a moan; (I had dropped off the 2300cc crank and block last weekend, only to find out their boring machine is broken and the man who does the crank grinds is on holiday, so nothing has been done yet!). I digress, I took a trip over to Uttoxeter to collect one of the engines I built a few years back. The chap I sold it too has moved away from Vauxhalls and sold his collection of cars. The engine was spare and has sold to a chap in Devon. I offered to collect the engine for the chap in devon and give the engine the once over before getting it down to him.
The engine in question is the one on the Left and the odd head between the centre engine and the one on the right. The head will need a full rebuild, but the bottom end looks as if it has been stored very well indeed, it shouldn’t take me more than one day to look inside confirm its all good to go and put the sump back on.
Saving the best till last, I then left Uttoxeter and headed further North to a village just north of Stoke to collect the second engine of the day (the one in red in the above image). Its been a bit of a mystery this engine! All I know is the head is skimmed, the ports have some work, the valves look stock, the bottom end looks stock but I note the double main bearings and high capacity pump. Its going to take some time to work out what it is before I play with it. I wouldn’t want to undo good work from the original builder, so this one will stay as is for a long time till I get to understand what everything is. Why is it special? lets just say the engine number gives it away.
There is no number on the block and its stamped “BLYDENSTEIN DEVELOPMENTS 617X”. Does anyone know more about this engine?