Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Clutch and Flywheel Check

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>

With the crank and new shells sorted, I now need to move on to the clutch. This is an area I didn't really understand until I took one to pieces for the first time and saw for myself what was what. Unfortunately the best clutch I had was the one I had to grind off the crank and as I did such a bad job, I kind of... well... totally wrecked it - (read about that fun here). This leaves me with the one I took from the earlier engine, which while is still intact, does look a bit worn and tired. So in this post I will be assessing what can be salvaged and what is scrap.

Verto Clutch Components

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Crank Polish and New Bearing Shells

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>

After one failed attempt at buying and rebuilding a spare engine, I kept on searching ebay and eventually struck lucky with a newly machined partly assembled 998 lump which was something of a bargain. As they say however, 'caveat emptor' as bargains can sometimes come with problems. In the previous post, I detailed how upon close examination, I found small particles which had got in and ruined the bearing shells and scratched the the crank journals.

So that leaves me with the task of fixing the problem...

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stripped and Checked New Engine

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>

Back in March this year, I bought a spare engine in the hope of stripping it down over winter and getting it to the point where I could swap it over with the one currently in the car. Once I got it stripped down however, it was obvious it would need a rebore and a set of new pistons which would make the project too expensive for me. As I only paid £50 for the engine though, the purchase wasn't a total loss as I did manage to get an unleaded head and a heap of other spares from the deal. Also as this was my first engine strip, I did gain valuable much needed experience.

Still determined to have a spare engine, I managed to win an auction on eBay and bagged myself a bargain in the shape of a 998cc block with a 40 thou overbore and matching pistons along with a reworked head and a decent gearbox. When I got it home, the first thing I noticed was the crank felt a bit notchy when it was turned, so the first thing was to get it apart and see why...
Looks good, but I'm not so sure!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Bought Yet Another Engine

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>

After the recent fiasco with the flywheel, I eventually managed to remove the gearbox and strip down the rest of the engine I was working on. With the pistons and crank out, I could see what was needed to get the engine back up to fully working order, but as I started to price up the cost of everything, it was beginning to get a bit expensive.

The cylinders needed a rebore which would be about £100ish, the top of the block also needed a skim costing another £30. Not too painful in the wallet department, but the real killer would be the cost of a set of new oversized flat top pistons to fit the freshly rebored cylinders, coming in at well over £200 for a budget set and nearer £300 for a decent set. The cost of that along with all the other odds and ends like a crank re-polish and new bearing shells, it was getting up to £500 which is just too much for me. In the meantime though, I had my eye on yet another engine on ebay, but this one had already had all the necessary machine work done and had a new set of pistons.  But what would it sell for?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Spare Engine - Flywheel Fiasco

Seeing as it's winter, well nearly winter! I know it doesn't actually start until the 21st of December, but in my book it's winter already. Anyway, seeing as it's winter, I thought I'd best get cracking with the 'Grand Winter Project' of rebuilding a replacement engine.

Back in March I bought a spare engine on the cheap to see if I could rebuild it with the hope of swapping it over. I have been gradually stripping it down over the year and now I need to get the flywheel off. This is not the easiest task at the best of times, but this time, it was a nightmare...