Sunday, 16 May 2010

DHC report nr. 92; The Marriage ...

Today was the last day of my two week May holiday. And although there has been a fair amount of progress on th ecar over the past two weeks, today stood out. It was time to put the engine back in its designed habitat, the engine bay.
But first there were some small jobs to complete, like fitting wheels, cleaning the sump, fitting the lower engine mount and repairing some of the threads from the exhaust manifold bolts. Turned out I misjudged the situation slightly yesterday evening. All threads had already been re-coiled in the past and were fine safe one. This one had come out of its designed hole, as a result of which it got damaged by the bolts thread. I only needed to remove the old insert, clean up the thread and insert a new one. And by lunch time the engine was in the hoist, ready to be dropped back into the engine bay.


After lunch it was time for the big moment. With the engine at the correct angle in the hoist, the rear of the car jacked up as high as possible, and some wooden blocks under the front wheels for extra clearance the engine slid in pretty easily.


Only thing that took some time was aligning the two engine mounts properly. But after we agreed how to tackle this one, it slid onto its mounts fairly easily. After securing the engine on its mounts with some loosely (hand tight) fitted nuts, I fitted the rear mount under the gearbox. And while I was working underneath the car René found my camera ...




By now Robbie had come in to have a look at the progress and bring us some coffee, so time for a well deserved coffee break. After the break we fitted the ventilator and the radiator. And to finish a nice days work we fitted the bonnet. Now it really is coming together nicely. Can't wait to get her on the road!


Plan is to connect up everything and finish her over the coming week or two. And hopefully after that an MOT ...

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