I was just turned seventeen when I first dismantled an engine. It was from my newly acquired 1934 Singer. Nothing much wrong with it, but it just seemed like an interesting thing to do. My automotive engineering experience at that time was limited to watching an agricultural engineer take apart a Ferguson Tractor Engine. Looked quite simple really. You just take everything to pieces and throw all the bits in the sump. It didn’t occur to me that he’d done this dozens of times before and I can clearly remember him saying that you don't need to make notes because an engine can only go together one way, but my engine must have been the exception that proves the rule. Fortunately my £35 outlay for the car included enough bits to almost build another, including a spare engine which was also then dismantled to see how the first one went back together. The only bit leftover was a small bronze bush which turned out to be the gearbox end shaft bush. I still have it.
|Spotless engine oil - could it be that it had an oil change |
back in 1965 when it was taken off the road?
|I guess the answer is yes, and a filter change. This filter has|
never had oil throughit but has obviously been fitted a very
|First discovery - end of timing chain spring tensioner broken|
off. A dig around in the sump with a magnet finds the missing bit
|Number three piston also looks quite different from the rest.|
Could it be that its been replaced after a dropped valve and
has done relatively few miles since?