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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:23 am

Coupe' Racing wrote:I modified my Essex heads to take CVH stem seals - the face of the head where the spring sits needs a tiny bit of machining so the top hat sits flat
Thanks for that info Steve!
ScimmyMike wrote:The rocker covers are to be powder coated so I popped the first one into the oven to burn off the unknown paint that was on it before a wire brushing them blasting in the cabinet, I'll post some photos of what they turn out like.
What colour is the question of course, I have red, black and chrome silver available, I'm thinking red, what's your opinion then chaps :?:
Colour choice is always a subjective :w :lol: but personally, I rather like red (if you're not concerned about originality)
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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by Oaksey » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:24 am

Silver looks nice but looks dirty too easily. I'd go for black


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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by scimjim » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:31 am

black or body colour for me every time :-)


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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by ScimmyMike » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:53 am

scimjim wrote:black or body colour for me every time :-)
Hmm, wonder if I can get some Gulf Racing Blue powder from somewhere, quite like that idea, Oaksey, yep silver does show the dirt, one is silver one yellow (don't ask) so looking like black as I think red may clash with the blue.


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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by philhoward » Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:51 pm

Was the car sprayed in a specific car colour or a RAL colour? Sure we used to powder coat bits in a light blue at work occasionally. Before you ask, firm closed down about 7 years ago.


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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by ScimmyMike » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:21 pm

Phil, it is in porsche gulf racing blue or at least that is what I ordered might see if I can get nearest ral for it got a swatch at work, well I would have working in an Architectural practice wouldn't I
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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by Roger Pennington » Tue Jul 16, 2013 9:28 pm

ScimmyMike wrote:Phil, it is in porsche gulf racing blue or at least that is what I ordered might see if I can get nearest ral for it got a swatch at work, well I would have working in an Architectural practice wouldn't I
Well in that case, perhaps your rocker covers should be orange? :D


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Post by philhoward » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:08 pm

ScimmyMike wrote: Oh by the way that danasoft thingy in your sig tells lies unless linux is a version of android
No idea - I think if it isn't windows and not iOS (Apple) then must assume its Linux..?


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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by AllingtonGT » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:19 pm

I just used the string technique on both rear cylinders. it was too much hard work using the air compressor. I have to say that it's just as effective and it's 'solid' when you use the spring compressor. Just make sure you use nylon string not sisal........



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Re: Resto of XCP, stem seals being changes

Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:05 am

AllingtonGT wrote:I just used the string technique on both rear cylinders. it was too much hard work using the air compressor. I have to say that it's just as effective and it's 'solid' when you use the spring compressor. Just make sure you use nylon string not sisal........
It wasn't the compressed air bit I was having trouble with, that went fine, it was the spring compressor that was the issue, anyway 5 out of 6 should cut down the burning oil smell.

Well put it all back together today having spent yesterday trying to blast, burn and dissolve the shite paint that was on one of the rocker covers, a right job it was, seems to be the most indestructible paint going, all three layers of it, the final one being black, so that's what they are now, Eastwood's radiator satin black, and they look great, took the opportunity of doing the same to the alternator bracketry as well, yep, same paint was used on those as well :hand: , so that was Saturday wasted.

Left them all to dry overnight and first thing today started to put it all back together....except I managed to shear a rocker bolt clean in two, case of reading, remembering (wrongly in this case) and setting, then realising after that horrible feeling that I'd just set N m rather than lbs ft, 60 rather than 46 in this case :oops: :oops:
Confessed this to make others aware of what a cock up can easily be done if you try and work from memory :roll:

Bugger thought I, well it was truthfully a moving moment as I realised the head may have to come off to drill and tap, and Silverstone departure is Thursday afternoon, managed to find a replacement thanks to Steve C directing me to Greeny who still has his dads old cologne, so not as bad as I thought, quick head swap and we are off, took it all apart again and the penny dropped :doh: the stud, or what's left of it that was, shouldn't be under any tension, so I carefully with a big ommer and centre pop drifted it round and managed to get it out.
So with Greeny's spare engine parts assembly is the reverse of taking it all apart
Isn't it :w


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Re: Resto of XCP, Mike C*cks it up again

Post by greeny » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:26 am

Well that answers how that happened :hand: moment I think closely followed by the _\|,<>>€$$$€<~<>^!?~|{~<€><{%*$€!¥*^=*#{| moment!

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Re: Resto of XCP, Mike C*cks it up again

Post by speedy555 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:46 am

My choice of words to him via text were Ham fisted clot :)
But Ive done worse myself! I just need a new project for myself to cock up on now :)


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Re: Resto of XCP, Mike C*cks it up again

Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:31 am

greeny wrote:Do you have tools with you Mike?
May not need to avail your bolts afterall Dave if I can get to Francis Kirks and they have some in stock, will know early afternoon though, how are the rocker covers held on your Dad's engine, screws, bolts, or not too sure, just so I can bring the correct tool should I need to.
I'm going to replace the two non busted ones as well as I will have over stressed them wazzing 60ftlb of torque through them in error, safety first me thinks.

I was soo tempted to clear coat this one I'd cleaned it up to look this shiny
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Re: Resto of XCP, Mike C*cks it up again

Post by greeny » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:48 am

ScimmyMike wrote:
greeny wrote:Do you have tools with you Mike?
May not need to avail your bolts afterall Dave if I can get to Francis Kirks and they have some in stock, will know early afternoon though, how are the rocker covers held on your Dad's engine, screws, bolts, or not too sure, just so I can bring the correct tool should I need to.
I'm going to replace the two non busted ones as well as I will have over stressed them wazzing 60ftlb of torque through them in error, safety first me thinks.

I was soo tempted to clear coat this one I'd cleaned it up to look this shiny
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No rocker covers on it. Which bolt is it you need Rocker bolts or cover bolts? If cover bolts they are standard M6 I have used roofing bolts in the past (when I dropped one into the depths of the back of the engine bay.


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Re: Resto of XCP, Mike C*cks it up again

Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:57 am

No, it's the post bolts 17mm they are will bring necessary over, will be in touch cheers


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