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?

I had my limit of £150 and waited until the last 10 seconds to stick my bid in and I was as surprised as I was excited to see that I had won the auction for just £115. As can be seen from the auction pics below, there is a block with a +.40 re-bore and new pistons. A reworked unleaded head with new valve guides and re-skimmed gasket face and to top it off, a gearbox in excellent condition plus a few other odds and ends thrown in. All I had to do now was to go and collect it.

After an hour of driving to Stafford, I met the seller who was running a spares business and had a warehouse chock full of parts. I was like a kid in a candy shop and ended up coming away with a few additional items that I just couldn't resist: a pre-engaged starter motor and a spare set of dashboard switches as mine are a bit tatty. Oh, and an oil pressure gauge.

Hopefully now I can make some headway with getting the replacement engine together!

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  1. Hi, do you have the name of the place in Stafford?
    i live there and it would be very useful to have a look for some parts for my project so close to home

    1. Hi Peter. The details are G and B Mini Spares.
      Phone number 07595 503703