Sunday, November 4, 2007

Engine Rebuilding Begins

I started tearing down the engine today, and with the exception of a few minor obstacles (a broken valve cover bolt, and the strange presence of a wood screw) it went pretty well. Even though the only other engine I've ever rebuilt was roughly the same size (a Briggs and Stratton lawnmower powerhouse in a tenth grade small gas engines class) this one is slightly more complex and has a four-speed manual transmission built into it. So, armed with this intimidating knowledge, I've been bagging and tagging all parts and pieces and taking pictures like a paparazzi stalking Brittany Spears. I'll need to start up Chad's solvent tank parts washer and get the thirty-six years of grease off of this stuff, but I'm leaning toward getting the engine compartment and interior of the body ready for paint.

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