View Full Version : Built Engine Myself

15-05-05, 09:27 PM
I decided to get hold of an old engine, so that I could strip it about rebuild it myself... I have never done any work like this... Anyway, bought the engine, bouhgt a rebuild book, bought loads of new parts from Jegs, Summit etc from The States...

Block was rebored, decked by engine specialist... Crank was ground by same comapny... all the rest was done by myself with lots of telephone help from Adricar2 from this very forum, also got the engine from him..... What Adrian does not know about engines aint worth knowing... Top bloke....

Decided on new heads, valves, springs etc etc... new pistons, rods, pretty muc the majority o things are new...

The attached pictures show what it was like originally and then a few months later, the engine in the car, ready to test...!!!

So, when you see an old engine that looks bad.... Its not really... Inside, it was fine...

The best bits about doing the engine, is that, I have now built it myself, I know what is inside it, when the car is complete, I can pretty much say that the whole lot was done by myself...!!! Although I have never done this before, I am pretty confident, following the book and lots of advice from people who know what they are doing, along with my nice new MSD6AL, that this engine is gonna work a treat..!!

Next job is to put radiator on.... Then prep the body (underside, trim edges etc)... and then that can go on, then its phase 2 to the finish...!!! So Excited...!!!



16-05-05, 06:35 AM
Nice work, doing the same thing myself to a Ford 302. Although I appear to be taking a little longer on the job! Know what you mean about Adrian, very helpful top bloke.:thumb:


16-05-05, 09:27 AM

Nice work!! Its looking good!

Did the same with mine and never regretted it.

One observation however, is that you appear to have fitted the dizzy at the wrong end!!:D :D ;)

Other than that, it looks damn near perfect.:thumb:

Good luck when u fire her up!

16-05-05, 09:34 AM
LOL, thanks...
did you notice my clear dizzy..!!!!

My next question is going to be, i am not sure about which way in the dizzy goes....

I know this much....

- I have to put engine to TBC on piston 1...
- I have to make rotor Arm point roughly at 11:00 clock... and then I wire up all the plug wires in the sequence etc...

but does it matter which way the base is inserted into the block?


16-05-05, 09:55 AM
hi carl

its looking very nice engine,
its a credit to you, and its amazing what you can do to a old engine , let me know when you are going to start it up.
and dont forget i am at the end of the phone or email if you need help.

all the best

16-05-05, 10:31 AM
Brilliant job and I bet you've learned a ton. You shoudl be really proud.

16-05-05, 11:34 AM
Yeah, its been a learning curve... I am a computer geek, not a car geek..!!! But like doing practical stuff...