Category Archives: Time to Start putting the Old Girl back together

Cleaning and Re-fiting Super Charger and Gearbox

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The first job this weekend was to clean out our parts washer, as you can see  we have removed a lot of muck and crud from this old girl!

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After flattening down the out side of the super charger we flushed out all the oil ways.

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The gear box drive shaft took some cleaning, as there is an inner tube inside the the drive shaft to create an annular oil gallery, this was well bunged up with muck but using the 12 bore shot gun barrel cleaner we soon had it cleaned out.

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After a couple of hours work we had the Super charger and Gearbox ready to be refitted.

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After cleaning the rear crankcase bolts, we lubed them with grease and refitted them, then refitted the “O” ring and applied new sealant ready for the Super charger.

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Peter looking serious here as we get ready to fit the Supercharger, must be time for a beer!

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And on she goes, next job rejig the chain pull higher up in the roof to lift the gearbox on.


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Here we have to pass the gearbox over to the chain hoist and lift it way into the roof!

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We had just enough height to clear the engine…

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And there we have it, next job is to paint the engine mount ring and engine mount frame.

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Engine mount frame painted, just the engine mount ring to do now then we can etch prime the back half of the engine, fit the engine mount and rotate the engine back to the horizontal position.

Front Crankshaft Re-Assemble

The next job will be to fit and tighten the front maniton stretch bolts.

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To tighten the maniton bolts, first check the length, then put all the Carlsberg to good use and stretch the bolts by 0.014″ to 0.016″

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Once tightened we fitted new split pins.

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We have now removed the extra steady legs from the stand, ready for the front section to be fitted.

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Before we fit that we will clean out the front sleeve drive shafts and lock them off with the blocks we have made, and then flat off all of the external paint.

Assembly Starts

Well we have been busy cleaning the middle crank case section, flattening down the paint so it will be ready for paint when assembled.

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Before we can start putting parts back onto the engine assembly stand, Pete did a great job of prepping the stand then etch prime , then a couple of coats of satin black.

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The first section to go back on was the center section.

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Next after cleaning the crank oil jets they were refitted. We are using 75/90 oil to lubricate all parts as they are fitted.

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A good slug of oil fed into main center bearing.

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Also plenty of oil down the center of the crank before fitting the end plugs.

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Next after a final wipe down, the front even row master rod and con rods were reassembled ready to be fitted.

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Before the con rods can be fitted the oil feed ring is fitted and lubed up.

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That’s a good mile stone achieved, the even set of con rods fitted, time for a beer!

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Next job was to clean the front maniton of little patches of surface rust.

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Another little special tool was made from a 1/4″ drive extension to remove the jet.

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We the aid of our third member of the team Mr. Engine Hoist the front maniton was refitted and lined up.

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We have fitted pipe insulation to the con rods to protect them while the rest of the assembly is carried out, so when we are turning the engine and the con rods flop about there coating won’t get damaged.

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The next job will be to fit and tighten the front maniton stretch bolts, this will have to wait to next weekend, as this will take three people to achieve the tension required!