July 2007 – Compression ratio test, email humor from a vendor

Compression ratio test I actually have the engine pretty much complete. The value covers are still off (more on that sometime later) and I need to get a crankshaft pulley (really, a matter of ordering it, but more on that below). I figured that I had some catching up to do, and the compression ratio Read more about July 2007 – Compression ratio test, email humor from a vendor[…]

June 2007 – Cylinder head differences, ’63 and ’79

The head — 1963 E-type v. 1979 XJ6 As a side note before launching into depictions of the 3.8 and 4.2 heads, I discovered in my reading that Jaguar wasn’t the first to have bored out the 3.8 (or, maybe, the 3.4) liter engines to 4.2 liter displacement. It was reported that race teams had Read more about June 2007 – Cylinder head differences, ’63 and ’79[…]

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[…]

June 2003 – Bonnet, outer sill, etc.

Bonnet POR-15 It may have been Thursday night, I forget. Anyway, the forecast for the weekend was rain again, and I wanted to get the bonnet center section and wings sealed with POR-15. So I did that on Thursday night, with the center section in front of the garage and the wings nestled inside the Read more about June 2003 – Bonnet, outer sill, etc.[…]