March 2007 – Bores and thrust washer damage

I’ve been picking away at the engine. The cylinder head has gotten a clean bill-of-health after inspection, pressure testing, and a shave. The SU carburetors are cleaned up, though not quite ready since replacement parts are needed. Bores are all measured, and they have little wear from the last rebuild, when .030-upsized pistons were installed. Read more about March 2007 – Bores and thrust washer damage[…]

November/December 2004 – Various and sundry

Interior insulation and sound dampener From the outset of the restoration, I’ve been planning on insulating the interior and inside the trunk, especially below the spare tire storage and fuel tank area. I’ve kept an eye on products that would do the job well. I found two good candidates — Dynamat which is available through Read more about November/December 2004 – Various and sundry[…]

April 2004 – Cylinder head paint, small plating, bushes installed

Cylinder head gold paint When my dad was here, we inspected the tappets that accept pressure from the cams. One of these appears to have been damaged either by dirt or by corrosion. The surface of the plate where the cam touches has been pitted. This will probably have to be replaced, since a roughened Read more about April 2004 – Cylinder head paint, small plating, bushes installed[…]

March 2004 – Bonnet test fit, plating prep, cylinder head cleanup

Bonnet test fit The garage had a very special visitor over this weekend. My dad, Wallace DeLong, came up to North Carolina after making the rounds through Florida to see relatives and participate in a travel exchange with people in Sarasota. I was a little worried about suggesting that we take on a project with the Read more about March 2004 – Bonnet test fit, plating prep, cylinder head cleanup[…]

September 2003 – Pistons removed, rear body shell block-sanded

This weekend marks the first year It’s been a full year this weekend since Derek, Aaron, and I drove out to tidewater Virginia to pick up the old car. At that time I was thinking that I’d be driving the car a year after picking it up. But experience has taught me otherwise. I think Read more about September 2003 – Pistons removed, rear body shell block-sanded[…]

August/September 2003 – Engine stand, oil pan removed

Engine mounted on stand We went to a local auto parts shop and bought an engine stand. I had looked around and I thought they were much more expensive and was delighted that we could walk away with ours for under $40 USD. We hadn’t really explored the engine — like the removal of the Read more about August/September 2003 – Engine stand, oil pan removed[…]