NOVEMBER - 2010
A good month! Had the call from Jeffrey Engineering to say that the engine was ready to be collected. Diane and myself, with the assistance of Nigel and Joseph, took off to Kent for the much-anticipated rebuilt engine. According to Nick and Ryan, the engine was as original as they had ever seen. It had been rebuilt before because they found that it had been rebored to +10, but still retained all original Ford marked parts. Due to the damage to the bores by the rusting pistons and rings, the engine has now been bored to +40. The crank has been reground, new c/shaft bearings, new pistons, new valves and guides, valve seats hardened for lead free, oil pump overhauled, new starter gear ring, water pump overhauled, new clutch assembly, new fuel pump and oil filter unit cleaned, exhaust manifold dismantled and freed off heat control valve. All parts assembled & painted. The electrics have been added along with the oil pipes. This allowed them, with the aid of a donor carburettor, to bench test the engine for oil pressure (45lb). More photos of the engine will follow later.
Also this month, the gearbox nears completion. Had to change main drive gear, second gear and first / reverse gear due to pitting on the gears. New synchros and countershaft were also replaced as well as all new oil seals and gaskets. Have stripped down the wings, hood, seats, grill and front screen frame and taken them to Mel’s for shot blasting. The inner screen frame is too rotten and will have to be replaced. Only when the parts are back will I be able to see the extent of any damage there may be.
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