still waiting for the thrust washers but had a couple days off work so maybe they've been delivered
christmas shopping yesterday
family day out though so not all bad
called in at a pub dinnertime though and had a carvery, amazing how many roast 'tates will go on a plate
so back to the shed today and thought i'd try out the plastigauge on the big end & main bearing shells. i don't usually bother tbh, just rely on the guys that know what they are doing in the machine shops telling me that everything is within acceptable tolerances. got myself worried that the mains were too big a clearance gap so gave BLS a quick call and thankfully i was reasured that i was perfectly inside the specs that they use on their own builds, so happy again. cheers tom & phil
so set to and cleaned up the pistons. a fair amount of carbon built up on the crown and down the skirts up to the oil rings, which were fully blocked with old crud. the oil control ring was fully blocked and didn't look like it had been functioning properly for a while. needless to sya all new rings will be going in.
used the tried and trusted method of ring groove cleaning, a broken piece of old piston ring. perfect for getting in the groove and peels away so baked on oil without damaging the piston itself.
also finished off painting the rear cover oil filler/breather tube. hopefully it won't be too much longer until it can all go back together....