Hi – Sorry, I’ve been without an internet for just over a week and am now playing catch-up.
With respect to the ‘K” series engine:-
I currently have a wreck of a 416 Tourer with an engine that needs (at least) the head gasket doing. My original suggestion was to do an engine swap at the show (I have a spare, supposedly good, replacement engine at home). If we were to do an engine swap, I would also like to do the steering rack and probably the c.v. joints at the same time (and maybe anything else that becomes easy to get at while the engine is out).
Once the old engine was out we could then do the ‘K’ Series bit on the removed engine, but we could well be running rather short of time by then.
The issues regarding an engine swap:-
1. Need to get the whole car and spare engine trailered there and back.
2. Need to get a lot of toolkit there, including a hoist.
3. This would be a very messy job, but I could drain all the fluids before the show.
4. We are going to get very messy doing this job – what are the washing facilities / arrangements at this show?
5. There would be little opportunity to have anything else happening on other cars.
I would only think this would be worthwhile if there are members of the club who would like to treat this show as either a learning, or teaching opportunity (a bit like a ‘fix it day’ but only using my car). It would be a great opportunity for less experienced home mechanics to learn and practice under the guidance of the more experienced. If we could get some real experts involved then even the more experienced could learn something. I don’t know what the appeal would be to the paying public, but maybe some of them would like to see classic car owners actually getting their hands dirty.
Any thoughts on this? Does anyone in the club want to come along and learn these things? Equally, does anyone want to be a tutor?
If we go for just the ‘K’ Series option then we would only have to get an engine there. My concern would be that we could not do an entire head gasket change if there is any sign of the head needing a skim (unless there is an engineering company on site that could do it there). I assume that we also have problems if the liners have dropped, or any other unexpected problems become apparent. If we can’t do the whole job, there may only be activity on the engine for a couple of hours, even including a water pump change. A head strip in preparation for skimming might add another hour or two. Or are we looking to dismantle the whole engine?
I need this firmed up by the start of next week (15th Feb) really because I will need a couple of days to whip the engine out ready.
And does anyone have a crankshaft locking tool for the ‘K’ Series? If not, I’ll have to slacken the crank pulley nut before I remove the engine.
I'm not looking to dominate proceedings here, it was just an idea. If other members have things they want to do or see done they can take priority. They might be easier to organise and allow more topics to be covered during the weekend.
1989 216GSI + 1990 216GSI + 1997 416 Tourer + Triumph T160V