HA Engine fitting Kent
Saturday saw me driving to Maidstone to install one of my recon’d 1057cc engines. It was a long day 5am start and back home for 9pm, 300 mile round trip and countless issues that each needed sorting. I had soem moral support form Nick Morgan, a local Viva owner who popped over for the day ( I worked him hard I can tell you).
The engine I provided was a bare engine, and my intention was to use the old parts off the old engine, little did I know that all those parts were worn old oily and dirty. No new parts were provided and even though the engine is in the car and running, all the HL leads, plugs, points carbs etc were all the old parts unadjusted and unchecked. In itself that was a miracle, and its now down to the owner to assist himself from now onwards, in terms of service items and running the engine in.
The most miserable point of the day came when putting the clutch cable on to realise the clutch arm had fallen off the pin in the bell housing and after some avoiding dealing with it, I got under the car late in the afternoon and put it all back in place. The clip was already broken on the clutch arm, one suspects who ever changed the clutch last broke it off!
I don’t feel like I realistically did a good job, but 150 miles from home with just what we have laying around us, and an owner who doesn’t know a lot, we did the best we could. Normally I would spend several days putting a new engine in a car and slowly check everything methodically, before even starting the car.
But it started, its in the car and it runs, all one needs to do now is run it in slowly keep checking everything and treat it gently for 400 – 500 miles and it should be fine for another 40 years.
I still need to unload the car, and thats todays tasks. Otherwise its a lazy Sunday for me.