Here’s our clean engine back from the engine shop with the new sleeves installed. George mounted it on our “new” engine stand so he can rotate it 360 degrees while he reassembles it. They shipped it UPS freight to our house (instead of the freight dock) and the UPS driver ended up dragging the engine by hand on a pallet jack 2 blocks through our neighborhood because his truck wouldn’t make it under the power lines. George had to guide him out because he couldn’t turn the truck around.
George pressed out the small end bushes on the connecting rods and pressed in the new ones. But they had to be “reamed” to fit the pins. His plan to use a brake cylinder hone didn’t work, but our friend, Tuffy, took care of the with some fancy machinery. Everybody needs a friend in the machine shop!
Here is one of the pistons built up. Earlier in the day George discovered that they had sent 0.10 oversize main bearings, so they are overnighting the standard size ones he ordered:
Yesterday, George built and installed the pistons. He installed the crank, tappets and cam, and torqued the main and rod caps:
Here is a view of the crank and cam:
And shiny pistons:
Right now, the engine has been put on hold while we do a little hurricane prep work. George and David are removing the boat canvas and sails this morning and filling gas jugs for our generator. We also had a 5.9 earthquake in our area (originating near Richmond, VA) yesterday afternoon, and here are pictures of some of the damage we sustained to our front porch:
The above is a result of our house being built on swampland. We’ll deal with that next year. Maybe.
Our main concern right now is for our friends in our beloved Abaco, Bahamas and Mayaguana, Bahamas. Hurricane Irene hit Mayaguana this morning and is heading towards the Abacos. The Bahamians are a strong, resilient people, and they’ve taken every precaution they can, so the only thing to do is wait, watch and hope. If you have a moment, please send some good vibes their way.