Ok, so I had grand plans to have the engine out, cleaned and landed in my project frame for mock up purposes. Fat chance. Three hours to muscle it out of the frame, and that was all I got done.
Just a quick pic to show you my engine “trolley”. Once an engine is out of the bike, I use this to wheel them outside for cleaning, and around the shop as required. I scrounged the castors off something else. Some left over pine from a project around the house. Total investment = zero $ and half an hour. You don’t have to spend big bucks on stuff like this…
And finally it was out. I do have an engine crane which I used to hoist it out. I can’t lift this engine when its complete. Its f&^king heavy (and I’m not a small guy). If I didn’t have the crane I would have pulled the engine down in the frame (heads off, cylinders off, then pull the case out).
The next day I didn’t get much done, apart from kero blasting the engine, and then building a quick and cheap engine stand out of some scrap pine.
I rolled the engine into my “dirty” space (where I paint, weld and generally make a mess), laid down some newspaper to soak up the kerosine and went at it:
If you haven’t seen a kero gun, this is what it looks like:
This is the “after” shot – its not spotless, but enough to disassemble further without getting covered in oil and road grime.
NEW PHOTO BY MATTHEW MCLEOD / GOOGLE PHOTOS
As you can see, some of the baked on stuff is not coming off with just kero, it’ll need more scrubbing when I get it disassembled:
I needed another stand to sit this engine on. So…ten minutes build time with some scrap pine…
Got the cylinders and heads off next. A couple of reasons I went this way at this time:
1. The iron cylinders and heads need to be repainted in engine black
2. The alloy cases need a really good clean and soda blasting, and it’ll be easier with the cylinders off.
3. You need a shoehorn to get the engine out/in, and I can’t see that happening without scratching my future fresh frame paint. So I’ll check whether I can fit the engine cases into the frame, then build the cylinders and heads on the cases while they’re in the frame.
Ok, so after much swearing, heaving and sweating, I manhandled the cases into the frame on my own. Next time I should really call someone to help me…
To save me trying to get the pistons back into the cylinders, I just took them off and wrapped a rag around each connecting rod so they wouldn’t scratch up my cylinder bores….
Then I just put the cylinders and heads back on….
Then I spent the rest of the afternoon going through boxes of parts and sifting through the ones I’ll need for this build…plus building up a shopping list of stuff I still need…