I picked the engine kit and a conrod up from Skatey. I took all the conrods and new pistons down to the Crankshaft rebuilders in Blackburn. Just before Easter, after several weeks I finally got a balanced set of conrods. I had to get a new set from Skatey in the meantime which delayed me a bit.
I got to work on the block, installing the pistons and conrods.
I fashioned ‘sleave retainers’ out of plywood. The oil gallery bolts have the same thread as the cylinder head bolts. A couple of triangles of 9mm ply drilled for the bolts worked well.
The basic Sidchrome tool set (in the background) was the most useful thing I bought. The spanners were my buddies to coax the nuts to turn. Rather than my old set which were bastards trying to force the nuts and bolts.
Unfortunately, I broke one of the oil rings when installing the last piston. The ring compressor was most likely not tight enough. I think it was just luck I didn’t learn this lesson sooner, as I thought that tightening up the compressor too much might damage the piston and rings. So another few weeks go by and few more bucks.
In the meantime I ground the hood bolt off and the toolbox from the front axle assembly. Called Charlie a few days later but he will be away for a few weeks. Not to worry. He advised me that its usually not worth welding sumps to repair them. I look forward to Charlie making the repairs on the axel.