1159 sporty engine
Well I am felling a lot better this afternoon, might be something to do with sleeping all yesterday afternoon all last night and most of this morning! anyway back to Viva’s.
The news I should of brought on Wednesday night / Thursday is that I was given a nice little 1159 engine from a friend in Luton, its in kit form, which is no biggie and all the parts are labelled up which is good.
Its has another one of those modified heads a bit like the 1256 head, but this time some thought has gone into the valve arrangement and with some new inserts and re drilling the valve stems the large valves fit without such a mad shared bridge like the 1256.
One of the reasons why I was given the engine is that it had a water leak. One thought was that it was leaking form the water jacket into the engine, or maybe it was the head gasket, either way it was going to take some testing to confirm exactly what it was that was leaking and where!
I dropped it off at the workshop this afternoon around 3pm and within 20 minutes we had an answer, the rear core plug on the back of the head had a tiny pin hole, a quick vacuum test confirmed once this was sealed up with a blob of grease no other leaks were apparent… so I have left it there for all the core plugs to be changed.
TBH that’s me just about worn out, I might be feeling a lot better but I do feel like I have done 20 rounds with Frank Bruno just walking the 20 yards with a head from the car !!
More on this engine as it happens.