Engine Rebuild

Beginning the Engine Rebuild...

By the way, YES - I, webmistress Laurel, am still in charge. I know that this is somewhat shocking, but apparently William never looks at the webpage (this is lucky for me, since we rarely agree on artistic endeavors).

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Here we are, back at the Lempicke ranch where the engine rebuild is taking place.

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Before mechanical work can begin, cleaning is essential.

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Start of the engine rebuild.  This is the back of Dad's shop.
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Beginning to tear down the engine - removing the intake.
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Removing the rocker arms.
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William removing the rocker arms and sporting his stylish 80's Garfield work shirt. (I won't let him wear "Good" shirts to work on greasy stuff)

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Ready to remove lifters.  It took about 1 hour to get to this point.  It went pretty fast with 2 people working on it.

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Side view of pistons 5 thru 8.  This side looks good.
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Side view of pistons 4 thru 1.  Check out 2nd from the left which is #3 on the engine.  All of the cylinders had about 120 psi compression before teardown EXCEPT # 3.
engine teardown8.JPG (59757 bytes) Getting ready to take out the crankshaft.  That's my Dad (Tom Lempicke) on the right.
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Heads removed and on  the bench.
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The heads look to be in good shape, and the main bearing caps seemed okay as well.
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Almost ready to remove the crankshaft.
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Pulling out the crankshaft.  Wow that looks heavy...I was pretty content just to take pictures.
crankshaft closeup.JPG (51298 bytes) Close up of the crankshaft.  There was a little wear, but it looks pretty good.
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When we got out the #3 piston and rod, this is what we found.  What's wrong with this picture?

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Here's another view of our lucky rod # 3.  We found this on Friday the 13th by the way.

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William comes from a long line of insane racing people.  His brother used to race at Myrtle Beach.

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After the engine teardown we went to the Miller house.  We borrowed Jack's truck and Michaels trailer.
jack's truck.JPG (75956 bytes) Jack's truck. Jack is my father-in-law and I love his truck.  I'd steal it if I thought it wouldn't cause a divorce.
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Michael's trailer.  This used to be used for the race car shown above.  Ahhh those were the days... hauling the Nova on a Saturday night.
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This is the back of Michael and Laurie's house.  We appreciate their willingness to loan us the trailer (to be used for picking up the Kit)
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This is M & L's house from William's parents' house.

Well, now we're ready to go pick up the Cobra Kit.  We are planning on going up later this week.  It should be exciting...

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