This morning I was up early to pay a visit to the engine balancers. they are a few miles away from me, but nothing that doesn’t take 30 minutes, they are on a farm and I would never of found them in a million years had it not been for Mark up at the engine machine shop I use for my work. I shall be collecting it all tomorrow, I will have the camera with me and get it all checked and verified.
I took up a crank, a set of conrod’s, a set of pistons a flywheel a clutch cover and the front pulley from the 1159cc Fast engine (Tony yours if you are reading this). Unfortunately I couldn’t use the engine as it was due to seized little ends, but I happen to of already honed the block for 0.020″ oversized pistons and I have a set of Hepolite the same size.
Some quick measuring indicated the pistons were within 1 gramme of each other, but they will all match when finished, the conrods were about the same, but these are going to be lightened by around 40 grammes each and balanced end to end as well as matched. The crank will just be balanced, no lightening going on there on this engine, the same with the flywheel.
I also dropped off the 1256cc stock car engine flywheel for a once over, it appears its too thin, as the heat builds up in the flywheel and if it is to thin it can warp it. Its not warped but there are signs of excess heat wear in it. Not a problem I will just get it balanced and put that to one side for when I get back to that engine. I am still going to make this engine, and I am going to do some radical lightening on this engine just to see how far I can take it within a budget.
After I did all this I then popped down to my local tyre centre and got them to take off the old cross-ply’s from RAY’s rims (£1 a pop) and then dropped them over to the shot blasters I found this morning, I will be picking them up tomorrow afternoon and then painting them, ready for the tyres that should arrive Friday.
The yard at the shot blaster’s, shares with a few other companies is again on a farm miles from anywhere, but includes a forge, a floor casters (might come in very handy soon), the shot blasters, a caravan repair workshop and a paint shop. they all seem to compliment each other, I think I might have to poke around a bit.
This afternoon I think I might just relax a bit, after all I am on holiday at the minute! RAY runs, the engine for Marvin will be ready to assemble tomorrow, the wheel and tyres for RAY will be done by the weekend, Maz’s engine is ready for him when needed, and apart from getting on with putting Marvin back together most things are where they need to be.