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Post by TrevorG » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:52 am

Heading says it all really..

Gonna be starting on my engine rebuild soon (decided to renovate existing engine and not use the engine that I purchased). However, manuals all quote use of special tools for various stages. Now, I've got many bearing and pulley pullers as well as an hydraulic press. Do I need the special tools? If so, are there tools that I can make?

I'm gonna be taking my time but would be grateful for any advice.



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Post by scimjim » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:03 pm

The only one that springs to mind is for removing and refitting the cam bearings (if needed)?


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Post by Coupe Racing » Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:30 pm

Some engines need the front cover aligning


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Post by TrevorG » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:10 pm

Yes, it's the front cover alignment that I noticed and was more concerned about than anything else. I'm not too concerned about cam bearings, all looks fine there, but the amount of swarf that was on the oil strainer and the noises i heard when the engine ran last suggests to me main bearings. Looking at the front cover alignment, I wasn't sure whether the tool was needed if I can use a press and gauge for the free play?



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Post by peter freeman » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:14 pm

You will have to de- glaze the cylinders.



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Post by AJL Electronics » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:24 pm

Front cover alignment can be done with the pulley to centralise the seal.


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Post by TrevorG » Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:45 pm

Many thanks, was reading the articles in "scimitar restoration" which explained it better than the manuals....how to turn the seal housing to centralise. All other details like removing glaze no problems as I've rebuilt my racing bikes enough times in the past. It's just the Essex specific details that I'm probably being too paranoid about! But keep the advice coming, I'll probably forget something....showing my age.



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Post by Coupe Racing » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:00 pm

Ok seek advice ref lapping in the valves as opinions vary


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Post by b.c.flat hat » Sat Nov 24, 2018 7:05 pm

Just my two pennies worth.
If an engine crane is used the fit/remove the "boat anchor" make sure the ground legs are long ones to reach well over from the front of the car to the engine. Mine is too short so I have to go in from the side, sliding the engine forwards to release the flywheel is a right pita!
A clutch plate lining-up tool can save hours of faffing about.
Most of the "special tools" mentioned in the maintenance manual were probably for main dealer engine fitters, it's a simple if heavy lump! Best o' luck, Crusty.



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Post by peter freeman » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:52 pm

Fitting a metal timing wheel is top of my list.



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Post by scimjim » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:58 pm

The crank seal on the later engines is self aligning.


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Post by TrevorG » Sun Nov 25, 2018 12:42 am

Thanks jim, that's good to know. Engine already out....see photos in 'engine and gearbox removal'.....I modded the crane by welding a bar across the back so that it can be manouvered easily. Yes, you need a long reach one (ooh misses!) and I agree a clutch alignment tool makes life easier, I made mine out of an oilite bar turned up on my lathe. Will be lapping in the valves according to material types and robin rew fitted a steel timing wheel in the eighties when he modded the engine but thanks for thinking of all this.



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