Friday, December 27, 2013

Holiday progress

Well with the holidays around and a busy week last week, I had little progress to show for the bug!

Sad, I know.

Some things I did get done were buying a parts washer and upgraded it with a few accessories.  I also got a flow-thru brush which is really nice.

I cleaned all the engine parts, oiled, and bagged them.  They are awaiting a trip to SoCal to the machine shop.  While I was visiting Caroline for Christmas in Palm Springs I had a free day so I drove the hour and a half to go visit the shop.  Reputable place, should be good place to get the things done I can't do locally.

I used all my available resources to clean.

The block was degreased, pressure washed, cleaned with solvent, then washed with soap and water.....before I put it in here.  Don't worry too much about coming over for dinner :)

Today, I picked up the taps and other miscellaneous things I need to get the engine case oil galleries opened, tapped, and filled with pipe plugs.  This is an upgrade to better clean the case in the future and also allow for full flow oiling with an oil filter to protect the new investment!

Saturday, December 14, 2013


Haven't done much since the tear down.  No pics to share right now.  I did buy a parts cleaner and modified it a bit with some rubber weatherstripping, wheels, and a ball valve to drain in the future.  Next project is to start cleaning up the parts.

Going to be quite a big chunk of change to do the engine, so trying to pay down some debt and see if I can't make some things work.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Engine disassembly!

Well after a relaxing week in Florida for Thanksgiving, I am back to the bug grind.  It's not really a grind I guess, I always end up having fun in the long run.

I did pick up this hood I had been chasing for a few weeks.  Got it shipped via Greyhound.  They were confused and I spent close to an hour there before they looked again and found it in the back.

It is a much better improvement over my hood.  Will need a bit of work, but nothing that can't be fixed.  Best of all, it is an original period correct hood for my car!

Also got this vise on eBay and mounted it.  Struggled to find the right stainless steel hardware but eventually made it all work.

And then started disassembling the engine today, which I finished up.

Just after I had removed the air cleaner and some other odds and ends.

Holes in the intake manifold, this will have to be repaired/replaced.

Fan shroud, carburetor, and generator gone!

Heads and cylinders off.

Case separated!

Removed all the internal goodies and leaving it over night to drip dry.

Need a bit more disassembly, cleaning, and inspection.

Engine parts!