Today has been mainly steam cleaning what I can of the front axle and engine / gearbox assembly. From then onwards if was a bit easier to strip things down. One good thing happened today the steam cleaner has un-seized the engine, it now turns over. I have stripped it right back to a bare engine and removed the cam carrier and head to display a badly coked up head and tops of pistons, but the bore don’t look that bad at all, maybe get away with a good hone at most? Anyway this morning I was looking at this pile:
After rolling out the high pressure steam cleaner and spending silly amounts of time washing the engine to within an inch of its life, I was left with a much easier to get at pile of engine and gearbox to split down. The exhaust manifold was an issue as three of the bolts were seized and rounded heads, so a 9 inch angle grinder was employed to remove the manifold and bolts. I know that’s a terrible waste of a manifold but I am having a new exhaust made anyway so the cast unit was going in the scrap bin
I then broke it down to small parts to clean in the parts washer and wrap up to bring home and look at later. Tomorrow I shall bring the gearbox home the bell housing and look at breaking the main block down (sump off crank out pistons withdrawn etc).
Looking forward to tomorrow already. This weekend will be sort the shed as its also full like the garage. I need to move all the OHV engine parts out of the way now, so I can make room for my GT.