First we lifted the engine off the new stand.
Then we prepped and primed the new stand.
After the engine mounts wear cleaned and painted we refitted them using a very clever mounting pins.
After the frame get its top coat silver and lacquer, we refit the engine.
Also we refitted the bump stop underneath the engine to absorb shock loads while on the road.
Next we refitted the tank and actuator mounts after being zinc plated coated.
Now it was time to assemble the fuel control tank and the fuel tank. The left hand tank houses the priming pump and control valves.
After quite a few hours welding we had them finished.
Last job on the left hand tank was to fit the access door.
After testing the fuel tank for leaks, the tp was welded on and the filler cap fitted.
The tanks were now fitted to the stand using stainless steel straps.
Well steady progress this weekend with a few more heads removed and three more cylinders removed.
Here we are using the air line adapter to aid a head removal, obviously this can only be used when the piston is at , or near TDC.
Here we are using our “C” spanner that we made to slacken of the induction pipe rings, when they have move a quarter of a turn, we can use another “C” spanner with out the extension handle.
It was time to try out the rotating engine frame! So Pete requested a rotation to starboard of 51 degrees 25 minutes and 43 seconds exactly!
Not a problem the frame works a treat!
With the engine tilted over we can have a good peak at the carburetor, it is
nice and clean inside and all moves freely.
Shelve’s are filling up with more and more parts.
For us to strip down the 264 we decided to make a engine stand that would allow us to rotate the engine through 360′.First we bought some castors rated at 750 kg’s each, then make some mounting plates for them.
Next we fabricated the front frame to attach to the engine mount and add a 3″ bush to allow us to rotate the engine.
Next we test fit the frame to the main engine stand to make sure we have got our clearances worked out right.
All seems good, so lets pop the old Bristol On!
We then fabricated an “A” frame support for the front of the engine ready for its short trip up into the top shed.
With the aid of the Kawasaki Quad and forklift truck and Big “G” (AKA Graham Potter) we move the engine into the top shed.
It was a tight squeeze but she made it.
Big G asking Pete, where the hell do you start dismantling!
Every project should have a beer wall!
I think we may need to address the size of the prop we have acquired!
Here we are having a small refreshment to re-hydrate!