I have this week off work, to enable me to chill out a bit before the what not hits the fan at work starting next week and possibly ongoing for a while, but less of that and more of what I managed to do today.
Starting off with timing case covers, I have two engine for cars in build and both timing case covers were hand painted black and looked a bit nasty, so after a hour or two in the acid bath to strip off the paint, a quick wash and straight into the Bead Blaster (thanks as always Retropower, you really are to good) we have what appears to be two brand new covers. I need to push out the oil seal in one and put new oil seals in both.
Next on the list of things to do was to make up the head for the Blydenstein Development engine, the head has had some work done, the top face has been milled to make it flush so the all in one rocker fits flat (but will still need a nice gasket of sorts making) the ports polished out, the seats recut, the valve stems checked (no new ones needed) the head skimmed 20 thou, the valves cleaned up and angles cut to match the seat angles in the head. The valves are larger than the original ones in the head, and these were taken from an old cracked WB stage two head, I picked up last year.
The rocker cover was bead blasted a few years back, but its dirty again so I will redo it before final fitting.
Some reshaping of the chamber shape has also been undertaken
I need only fit the water pump, oil pump, timing gear and sump. At that point its almost finished, the final assembly is going to be done at John Tooveys in Cannock, and the engine bench tested. I will need to borrow Marvin’s old exhaust manifold for the tests. All of this is planned for this year, but everything takes a little longer than one thinks with these things. There is the small matter of the carb to sort out yet and weber DCD’s are not always laying around.