140 Rebuild

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140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:59 pm

It's alive!! After nearly 11 months, and a few parts each month, this poor, nasty '66 140 has been completely rebuilt. I have over 60 photos and one video, so I'll post a few a day. Here we go...
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Bringing it home. I haven't seen an engine this dirty in a long time!
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The previous owner said he started disassembling it when he was 18 years old...he's now 58.
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The left head, and #6 piston had been removed. That's as far as he got.
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Major oil leakagr everywhere!
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Plenty of sludge and varnish...
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One Heli-Coil had been improperly installed.
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Most of the rings were stuck.
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Wow...filthy!
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The sludge was baked on!
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At least the crank journals look OK...
Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by toytron » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:48 am

Thanks for the pics. It is exciting to watch the process.

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by cad-kid » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:14 am

Congrats! Great photos, looking forward to the next batch.
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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by 66vairguy » Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:37 am

Congratulations - That was a crusty engine. Sad when someone doesn't change oil in an engine. Glad you saved it.

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by BobWitt » Tue Sep 06, 2016 11:08 am

keep them coming, we are watching...
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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:42 pm

The cleaning begins...
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The carbs matched the engine in their nastiness.
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I expected the oil pick-up screen to be completely blocked - this was a pleasant surprise!
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Time for a new cam gear. I hope the crank gear is OK!
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Fasteners clean and sorted. Missing a few...
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The distributor, all cleaned up. A new bushing was ordered. It will also get new points, condenser, rotor, and a lead wire.
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I soda blasted the heads, and what a difference!
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The valve seats look good. I debated installing deep seats, but finances said no.
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Pretty!
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The cylinders cleaned up very nicely, and were well within tolerance. They were de-flashed and honed.
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The cam journals were micro-polished, and a new gear installed.
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The crank was also polished, and measured - it's within specs.
Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by bbodie52 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:43 pm

Instead of retaining the aging, worn, problematic distributor...
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Have you considered replacing it with an electronic, breakerless, cost-effective, brand new distributor from...
Performance Corvair???
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:link: http://www.perfvair.com/stinger-ignition-distributors/
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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 4:59 pm

My thinking is...eventually...an electronic distributor, and possibly fuel injection. I do kinda like the fact that the only thing on the car that's electronic is the radio. Simple is good, but efficient and dependable are better! We shall see...
Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:26 pm

Starting to come together...
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De-flashed the heads. They needed it - badly!
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Gotta love a clean case!
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A nice, clean rear!
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Just a few more details...
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Mounted the left half on the stand.
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Only one stripped hole to repair. Not too bad...
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Step 1 - done.
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I almost used this insert, but ended up using a longer one.
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A buffing wheel on the Dremel cleaned up the mating surfaces like new.
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Absolutely positive the timing marks are lined up!
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Everything turns nice and smooth, so it's ready for all the fun stuff!
Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:30 pm

Assembly continues...
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The oil pump measured good. A bit of paint and a new seal makes the rear cover ready to go.
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Starting to look like an engine...
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The pistons were soaked in gasoline, then Evapo-Rust, carb dip, ATF, and finally, PB Blaster. Several wrist pins were seized, but they freed up just fine.
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A little more progress... New, standard main and rod bearings are being installed. Clearances are good so far.
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I finally bought a ring groove cleaner, something I should've done many years ago!
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Ready to go, after 40 years!
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Number four into the bore.
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It's almost a shame to cover these with carbon again!
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A sight I've wanted to see for many years!
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It looks a bit better than when I first opened it up.
Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:19 am

Getting closer!
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The valves arrived!
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A work of art...
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Spring height measured, shimmed, lapped and ready to go.
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Set in place. Not torqued down yet, waiting for the new lifters.
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Time to start on the nasty carbs...
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I don't know how this poor engine even ran!
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A little PB Blaster to start off with...
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All cleaned up, with new stainless fasteners. But first...
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1 1/16" and parallel to the gasket surface.
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I'll eventually make new fuel lines, but for now, the originals will do. The PO was 18 when he dismantled this, and I think he only used a pair of adjustable pliers!
Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:44 am

Finishing up...
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The final cleaning and painting.
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I expect it to look like this after 100,000 miles!
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Almost ready to go...
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I just now noticed - I need to drill out that broken temp sending unit. I wish I'd caught that while the head was off!
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Oops...out of sequence! Oh well, it's still pretty!
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Cleaned, lubed, new bushing installed...ready for the fire!
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65 amp alternator, new blower bearing, new coil, and new fuel pump.
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I primed the lubrication system using an old distributor shaft on a drill. Good pressure! Just a few more minor details...
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So...what's wrong with this picture? Well, the car is a PG, so I used a PG bellhousing. I installed a flywheel and pressure plate so I could start it.
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Fuel system primed, timing pre-set, 10 volts to the coil, 12 volts to the starter, and she lives!
Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by Steve62 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:48 am

A short video of the first start...

Could be better, could be worse...could be riding in a hearse!

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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by cad-kid » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:29 pm

Excellent work! :not worthy:
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Re: 140 Rebuild

Unread post by bbodie52 » Wed Sep 07, 2016 3:42 pm

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Amazing... the quality of your work in the shop appears to be as methodical, pristine and precise as the work on the drawings you created! I think we could all learn from the approach you take in your work!

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