A Small update...
Or maybe it's just far away?
The heads have come back from the machinist, new valve seats have been fitted. So all they really need now is the valves lapping in and they can be built back up again. Slightly bizarrely they took it upon themselves to reface the inlet seats as well, I’m not entirely sure why as there was nothing wrong with them…
I sent the block (to a different engineer) to have the bores checked,
Thats come back as all ok fortunately so no need to get it honed and I should get away with reusing the piston rings that came off. They also pressed the pistons off the con rods so that they are ready to be sent for balancing.
They also skimmed the flywheel...
There's also a plan in progress to DIY modify my existing tubular exhaust manifolds with some eBay parts, this should let me do away with the ball joints and move the collector and lamda sensor forward without the need for getting a new set of tubular downpipes made which was going to cost £££.
Back in December I ordered an uprated clutch from Burton Power but nothing has arrived. Chasing it up I was surprised to find out that it wasn’t likely to be ready until the end of January. AP racing clutches have apparently stopped taking new orders and this has meant the other main UK maker of performance clutches Helix Autosport have found themselves with a much bigger order book than normal, causing delays for anything not already on the shelf.
This is disappointing as I can't get the rebalance under way until the pressure plate is here. So that means I'm probably not going to be putting the engine back together now until the start of February at the earliest.
Which I suppose is handy as I still need to sort the front pully / trigger wheel / crank position sensor and as hinted in my last post I've gone off on a gearbox related tangent. Spoiler Alert: ( this tangent involves multiple gearboxes, from different cars all of which are not entirely compatible with each other… Its become complicated and will probably be the cause of many headaches to come...) - Frankenstein's Scimitar will have a monster of gearbox to mach the rest of the car.
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