Archive for September, 2007

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

I guess fate decided that one giant project this year wasn’t enough.

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

Two months and ~$2,000 later…


Crank and main bearings in



Rod bearings, rods, pistons, and oil pump in; so the shortblock is basically done here


Look what $250 gets you!


Fresh head on and ready; a huge mess is in the background


After realizing that I don’t have a clutch alignment tool for an M10, we sourced one from one of my dad’s friends. Even still, it was a royal pain in the ass getting the input shaft splined to the clutch disc.


The mighty 1-barrel Solex 36-40 PDSI sits atop an engine that clearly needs more than that. Yes, I ran out of black crinkle coat spray paint while painting the water distribution block, why do you ask?


Stahl header goes in easily when you curse, skin your knuckles and scratch the engine bay paint! For some reason my dad said that blue Loctite 242 would be fine for putting the exhaust manifold studs in. For the record, it’s not; as soon as the locking portion of the copper nuts hit the stud they turned easily. Some red Loctite 271 fixed that situation easily, though. Don’t worry, if you’re wondering, I’ve already melted the windshield washer hose. Also pictured: Valve cover that I painted (which turned out well) but totally halfassed in terms of stripping the paint from the raised portion.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dq_dlliEQo
It’s only timed by putting the distributor at #1 TDC so it hardly runs. It’s supposed to be timed with the steel ball on the flywheel in the hole at 1500RPM (I don’t expect anyone to know what I’m talking about) but the timing is pretty retarded in this video IIRC.

Conclusion later today!