Well my GTV came back to me a little under a couple of weeks ago with the newer engine in and various other things done whilst it was out - Belts, Tensioners, Clutch and Water pump and some brake lines that are easier to do with the engine out.
Results are fantastic, and I'm really pleased - haven't tried out the new chips as yet.
I got the old engine home today and hired a crane to lift it out of the van and into the garage. I'm looking to buy an engine mount stand so that I can work on it either standing or sitting. If anyone has any recommendations on a brand to buy I'd be really grateful.
The engine itself is drained of fluids, but is there things I need to look at doing whilst it undergoes the rebuild preservation wise. I'm going to be rebuilding it partially to see how it all fits together to satisfy my own curiosity and also to future proof my car. So it's going to be done in stages.
Here's the pics of the car with the new engine in place
Pics of the old engine to follow - first job is to give it a clean, so need advice on that, second job is probably heads off as that's what was suspected as being in need of a rebuild. Comments much appreciated.
good move in stripping the old lump down, if nothing else you will have a better understanding of how it works
I have one of these Engine stand
it was man enough to be handle a Vauxhall V6 which is about the same weight as the Alfa unit, you can rotate the unit and when its not in use it will all come apart
first i would suggest get the engine on a stand, block off all holes (inlet/exhaust manifolds etc.) then give it a really good clean, i use either Gunk or Jizer brush it on with an old paintbrush that has been cut down a bit to as to make it less flexible, then wash it off with a hose pipe at low pressure, making sure no water gets in the engine.
Then i would strip it, heads and any ancillaries that are left on removed, cleaned and inspected, from there turn it over, whip the sump off, clean the oil pickup out and check the big end bearings, also turn it back over and check the bores for wear and tear.
Then give the block a coat of paint, sump back on (after being cleaned) heads on, ancillaries refitted, new belts, and voila a rebuilt engine