Once the engine had been helicoiled, we put the new pistons, rings and shells in place. Put everything back together..... again, reattached the starter motor and carb. We got a can of fuel, a pipe leading to the carb and attached a nice new battery all set for another bench test. Geoff set it all up, then with a little cough, a few splutters and a tweek it started up nicely, Yipee!!! We only let it run for a few mins as obviously there was no water running through her.
I refitted the gearbox, then had the fun of getting the engine back into the car, quite an endeavor on your own I have to say. With the help of 2 kids skateboards, 2 jacks and loads of wood and tools I eventually got it back in place and reattached the pipes and wires. Geoff came around and we started Snoopy up, with a few tweeks its was running beautifully, unfortuantely we then discovered that the water pump wasn’t working..... always seems to be another problem just around the corner doesn't there. So my next job will be to sort that out, although things will have to be put on hold for now as my Rialto, my daily runaround needs my attention, it needs a head gasket change due to the core plug going on it!
I will update you on Snoopys progress in due course.
Pete. August 2009
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