A couple of odds and ends first, however. I finally found my other steering knuckle and got the bent bolt swapped out. I also went with the new flat washers that I bought for that purpose since they were a bit thicker.
|There it is! Right where I left if, of course...as is usually the case.|
With the new bolt, the crookedness of the knuckle disappeared, as I hoped it would. I also got the bolts lockwired together with not problem. Lockwiring isn't too bad, but you do have to put the wire under a good amount of tension, pulling it tight around the piece, before and during the twisting. This prevent a lot of slack when you're all done. A bit easier said than done, but it's okay with a bit of practice.
|Starting the lockwire twisting with lockwire pliers.|
|After four tries, it's done. On the shelf for future use. Clamp bolts seem a bit long...might have gotten the wrong lengths?|
|Went in with no problem.|
I also got a lot of stuff painted including the front and rear engine plates, oil pan and valve cover. Two coats of Rust-Oleum Engine Primer and two coats of Rust-Oleum Low Gloss Black Engine Paint.
|Taping off the front engine plate.|
|Decided to go with a Signal Red valve cover using some of my chassis paint.|
As for the motor, I went at it again with the brush hone. Turned out much better this time with the cross-hatch. After reading a long post on my favorite forum about one member's adventures at rebuilding his engine in-place, I discovered that a perfect cross-hatch is based on cylinder size, drill speed and repetition rate (how fast you move it in and out of the cylinder). So, given that, I ran the drill at 450 RPM and ended up with the picture you see below after about 45 seconds, at about 2 seconds for each repetition (in and out).
|Got a lot of the pitting out as well, but I didn't want to cut any more.|
After that, I had to wash the hole thing again so that sucked up some time and, with a kid's basketball game fast approaching, I essentially stopped for the day, outside of putting the coolant drain plug and oil galley bolts and plugs, all with new washers, in.
|Water drain plug installed. That crankcase breather hole is laughing at me.|
|New oil galley bolt washers; copper in this case. Block is upside down here.|
I still had a bit more time after that so I did an idiot check to make sure that I did indeed have a Mk2 flywheel for the new clutch that I got on Friday. I hastily cleaned up the flywheel of some of it's surface rust...
|Before. Some cobwebs in there, too.|
|After. Still needs more work, of course.|
...and it fit just fine. Lucky me!
That was about it. Doesn't seem like much, but that was about 6 hours of work. When you think about each part getting at least 4 coats of paint and having to wash the block, it adds up. Until next time...