I hear you Gick. People's ignorance amazes me sometimes. Not that they don't know, it's that they think
I know enough to KNOW I don't know. Well, not everything, but definitely not to do a restoration, and to know the difference between restoration and refurbishing.
On to todays endeavors!
Chris came over and we were psyched to get the engine running - spoiler alert - we're back to where we started!
Here is the blow-by-blow:
So we heat up the fly side of the case and put the case halves together, bolt and torque it down. Hmmm, the seal doesn't look right on the fly side case. We melted it while heating up on the hotplate.
Split the cases, replace the fly side seal and put the case halves together, bolt and torque it down. Dangit - here is the kickstart gear - fell out when splitting the cases.
Split the cases, in the kickstart gear and put the case halves together, bolt and torque it down. So far so good.
Install piston, cylinder, head, and pressure test - wooohooo - holding solid while we BS and drink coffee and eat cinnamon rolls.
So, install the carb, ....and stator, .....and flywheel
Then comes the clutch - we got it installed and realized it wasn't working right. We forgot the washer behind the clutch. After putting the washer in, we couldn't get the clutch to slide onto the woodruff key - filing and screwdrivers were involved....until....I noticed the seal behind the washer was damaged, by said screwdriver trying to pop the back of the woodruff key down and slide it into the clutch. DAMN
Split the cases - for the third time - and put in the new clutch side seal. Fortunately we had a spare set of seals.
And we ran out of time for the day. So we're essentially where we started. I enjoyed BSing in the garage with Chris and also learned two valuable lessons:
1) Don't overheat the rubber seal when heating up the case, and
2) Dont f&ck up the seal behind the clutch with a screwdriver - and don't forget the washer, which would've prohibited the seal from getting whacked by the screwdriver.
Still, a great day wrenching
Chris heating up flyside case half
On goes the head
Pressure is holding - premature celebration of more coffee!
Sexy Pinasco clutch
Damaged clutch side seal
New clutch side seal installed. Back to square one