Well, what is new since the weekend? Well...
- it's snowing
- the Bantam has been out around the garden
- Limoncello makes great Martinis
On the bike front, we are still cleaning & inspecting the engine. I've attacked a 14 mm hex socket (not a bi-hex) with a file and have made it fit the connecting rod nuts. The rods are now off and undergoing cleaning. Number 2 is nicely polished.
Hopefully I will show you factory abrasion in another entry - I had cleaned it off Rod No. 2 before I thought to photograph it.
There is a nice little scratch in the cap:
The big end shells are all shot; the journals are a little undersize but are perfectly serviceabe.
The crankshafts have now all been cleaned out. Number 3 sludge trap was full past the big end oilway, though there is no damage to the journal or the big end so I think the engine has been lucky.
I've loosely reassembled it all in preparation for taking the bottom end for line boring. Here are the crankshafts back in place:
Here are the cases cleaned up and back together. I am debating what to do with the polishing of these.
And as an aside from the engine, I have been:
- sketching up a wiring diagram with Microsoft Powerpoint. Currently it has six fuses, no earths (because I haven't put them in yet) and no indicators.
- I have ordered the engine bearings from Drags
- I have ordered a replica Lucas 529 rear lamp
- I've ordered the engine/gearbox mounting set, the coupling gear cover studs and the primary drive screw set from Acme
But now it's back to work. I'm hoping to have a trip to London in a couple of weeks to take the engine down to Ashpoles; that depends on the bearing arriving from Drags.