Sunny and warm sunday!
Today has been a busy day! First I stripped the head off the 1256 engine down, and have wrapped all the parts up nice and safe ready for when it gets put back together, the bare head itself will be cleaned down and repainted, the bores and ports de-coked and the head face checked over. I don’t need to skim the head as its already at 80mm (same as a 90 head).
I did notice a repair on the head between the two middle cylinders on one of the waterways, a good job as well by the looks of things but I will have it checked out.
Below is the nutty head, the inlets are 30mm and the exhaust 36.5mm which is as far as you can go, seeing at the centre bridge is more like a knife blade!
Below you can see the same head with the valves dropped back in, there is no gap between valves! you can also see the repair to the head on the upper left water channel.
With all that fun put to one side, I set about looking at the parts washer that was donated to me yesterday, about 5 minutes into looking at it Scott form next door appeared and the obvious occurred, its now got a new home in his huge workshop and will be up and running after a new motor for the pump is sorted out. Phew, that means I will still have space in the shed and use of this washer when needed. the good thing is that its is big enough to get a full engine block in! Cheers Mike!
In exchange for the washer I was donated (there is a theme here!) some rubber feed, which was duly applied to all the door and window rubbers of RAY. the rubbers are like new and I don’t want them to dry out now the car is outside.
Following the boring GP, I set about looking at the rear brakes of RAY, I removed the wheels, of which the threads were all greased. I then removed the drum, which came off with no bother at all, to find the following set-up, everything is clean greased and reusable, But to be safe I am going to replace the wheel cylinders and shoes.
This is the first item on the list of things to get for RAY, I am aware its a non servo car and has drums all around. I have a new servo and a master cylinder for the servo. I might convert the car to Discs at the front if I can find a nice set.