Quick update on our track day (road legal) ‘sud ti after its thrust washer ‘incident’ at Castle Combe & a question at the end:
The gearbox is with a local guy having 2nd gear sorted out so we have a good box again- syncro & some bearings required…
The 16v bottom end found through the forum (thanks Bodger for this and resizing the photo) is in the engine shop- Padfields in Bristol with a long and expensive list of jobs to hopefully give us a good strong (powerful!)engine.
Summary; Block decked (skimmed) & rebored to suit our oversize pocketed for 8v (but originally for a 16v) pistons, Crank polished, new main, big end & thrust bearings, block chemically cleaned, new core plugs and shiny red paint. Whole bottom end dynamically balanced. Big valve heads stripped, decoked & seatings checked.
Suffice to say that you (we!) don’t want to know how much this is going to cost but putting some different stickers saying ‘padfields engineering’ on the car will hopefully help. But as people have said in other threads it’s not about the money it’s about the enjoyment as well.
Anyway before it all goes back together we need some help to work out where a couple of small bits go – they fell out when we were stripping the crankcase end plates off the engine and it is not over obvious on the engine or the manual where they go.
Before anybody points out the obvious we know we should have noticed where they cane from when we were taking it to bits but they both just appeared on the bench to comments of ‘where did that come from’ as things do (well in my garage anyway).
If anybody can help that would be really good – please see the picture.
One is a small metal Colet approx 11mm in diameter 9mm tall and the other is a sleeved plastic grommet approx 14mm by 12mm and looks to be a (clearly vital) part of the oil system…..
Hopefully the plastic bit will be in the full engine gasket set (anybody want the 16v specific bits?) so it gets replaced but we still need to know where it goes before it all gets nailed together ready for the rolling road and the new season.
By the by we have been recommended Dave at Mech Motorsports in Cheltenham as well by three differnet sources now.
Regards, James & Nick.