Saturday, June 6, 2015

Rusty, Crusty Parts - Purged, Painted and Polished

<This post is part of the 'Winter Project 2014/15 - New Engine Rebuild' project>
This post is really just a set of before and after shots to document the painstakingly slow transformation of each of the peripheral items that were chosen to go back on the engine. Each item was stripped back to bare metal with a selection of different wire bushes and a drill, then cleaned with meths and a cloth ready for paint. The first coat was a light mist of acid etch followed by several coats of undercoat and finished off with 3-4 coats of gloss black.

Decisions, decisions!

Water Pump Pulley
Stating with the water pump pulley, I only had one available and as you can see from the pics it was pretty heavily rusted, but I wanted to avoid buying a new one as they were quite expensive. So after a lot of work with circular wire brush, eventually I was able to bring it back to bright metal. It was a little pitted here and there, but the many layers of paint smoothed them out enough not to be unsightly.




Timing Cover and Lower Pulley
Next up for the treatment was the timing cover and lower pulley. Here again the timing cover was suffering some very unsightly surface rust which took a beating from a selection of wire brushes. With a lot of time and patience it too was brought back to metal.

While I was at it, I removed the old oil seal and cleaned that area up also.

Looking better, not brilliant, but better

And done... just like that!

When the paint was fully dry, a new oil seal was inserted.

Tappet Covers
Last but be no means least was the tappet covers, one of which was fairly straight forward as it was more or less flat. The other had a breather attached and was quite awkward to get a brush into certain places to get it stripped and cleaned. But persistence and a mix of different size brushes saw the job done.

Now that all the rust and muck has been transformed, all these items are going to be pushed to the back of the spare room or put in a box somewhere where they will wait for theirs moment of glory when they are finally reunited with engine.

Until then, though, there is a ton of stuff to do!!!!

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