This classic car restoration project is proving to be slower and more challenging than anticipated! Our last report hoped that work would start in early 2014, but at last in summer 2015 the engine restoration is starting to gather pace.
The image below shows the engine block with the original Ferrari identification numbers – F101 AC 001 number 00174.
A new set of pistons were received from JE Pistons in the USA and replacement valves also arrived in Autumn 2014.
The engine has been thoroughly examined and cleaned, the piston liners machined and little other damage was found.
A few of the engine studs showed thread damage, and as Thomas Smith Fasteners is a leading manufacturer and supplier of both metric and imperial fastenings to the classic and historic car industry, we were easily able to manufacture the replacements in Grade 10.9 material (with M8 x 1mm pitch one end and M8 x 1.25mm pitch the other) on our CNC machining centre.
The studs have recently been delivered to John at Headshop (UK) in nearby Warrington. These studs will be used in the rebuilding of the short engine using the gaskets that have been supplied by Maranello classic parts.
Here are links to previous posts in this series:
Part 7 – Engine stripped down, diagnosis
Part 6 -Bodywork, oil & water issues
Part 5 – Replacement door sills and exhaust
Part 4 – Alternator, driving on the roads
Part 3 – Engine, front wing, braking system, MOT
Part 2 – Car history
Part 1 – Introduction