Baby has arrived so this post might be all over the place. The block is in my kitchen, loom is in 5 pieces in my study, the crank is in a machine shop, the head is in a different machine shop, various parts are getting blasted in Kent, the dampers are in Bristol, the hubs are in the shed in about a million pieces.. But the good news is that I have some potential sponsors / partners to work with this year which I am really excited about.
Briefly had half of the loom in the car to check that the lights still worked, the crash had ripped the front section off and I had spliced mine and the loom that the shell came with. Ignoring lots of warnings on the dash (no ECU) It all seemed to work which means I can retape and install. There is going to be a lot of work involved in sorting the wiring on the inside, lots of earths have been removed and I don’t / can’t use the standard dashboard without heavily modifying (could do without the weight as well).Contemplating something very ‘minimalistic’ and potentially a digi dash depending how this engine rebuild goes.
Few weeks ago I dropped the crank off at AMS in Ditchling to be polished and balanced, mentioned it was from a Clio, ‘Are you the guy with the white Clio who had the crash?’, seems I have become famous. This has now been polished with no issues on dimensions or condition and is now being balanced with the complete bottom end.
Relieved as in some daylight the main bearings look like they have had a hard time. Cleaned up the caps with brake cleaner and removed the sealant on #1 now all ready to be installed.
Stripped the head down, Amazon special jewellery boxes have worked a treat in storing the various parts in order. Checked the valve guides and realised that they had a lot of movement / wear especially on exhaust side so back to AMS for replacement and seat cutting. Very kindly offered to rebuild a few parts / measure and given me a ton of advice on what to do / not to do. Engine building is a complete mine field, everyone does things differently and they are all correct.
Yesterday I finally had some time to start cleaning / checking the pistons, of course there is a chip in #1. It looks fresh so potentially this was crash damage and / or caused by the ingestion of the intake air temp sensor. The only good news I can take from this is that the rebuild was required, a chip like this risks hot spots / detonation..
Alex from AW has offered to send me a replacement, this coupled with sourcing the engine parts means a few stickers will certainly be on the car. The guy is a complete legend as I have done nothing to deserve all his help and advice. A made the effort to weigh them all and interestingly they are all within about 2g of each other which is impressive for OEM, might try and get this closer when I revuild
Found a local vapour blaster to clean up a few of the components which are now looking better than new!
I want to get the engine rebuild started and the shell rolling on 4 wheels by the end of the month, let’s see what happens…