What seemed like a straight forward job turned into an agonizing long process due to COVID. First I waited too long before ordering parts. Then the piston manufacturer Ross took significantly longer than expected. Finally my local machine shop was backlogged by the time I had everything. So 6 months later it finally has come together. I didn't take as many pics as I should have due to wanting to quickly get driving
With everything set to do put the head back on, I began assembly only to discover in process that the bottom left bolt in the front cover had been broken off in the block. With no way to address that in the car, the rest of the engine had to come out.
And this is where the opportunity presented itself to drag my future plans into the present since I'm not driving anywhere these days anyway.
Rather than just drilling out the broken bolt, I decided to switch horses
I got my head back from the machine shop and began getting it ready.
Head has new stainless exhaust valves, all new guides and seals, new heavy duty Ireland rockers, reground and reground cam.
I know it's a driver but I bought a new fastener set and painted all the parts in dull aluminum to keep them looking bright and clean.
It wasn't long before there was trouble in paradise. I began to notice more and more white smoke on startup. And then my suspicions were confirmed by the telltale milky oil underneath the fill cap.
Leaky head gasket and/or front cover gasket? A dreaded crack? Driving season ended abruptly.
The engine in the car is a 74tii engine. The original engine (tall block) was included in the sale and swapped in the past for reasons unknown. My original plan was to build
After getting the car home I set about rectifying some of the immediate concerns.
1) Falling our of 2nd. Thanks to the wealth of info on this site I was able to fix simply by torquing the gearbox output shaft nut. Problem solved
2) Upholstery. Before selling the 74 I swapped the rear seats. I had put new foams and Aardvark covers in the 74. I also scavenged the rear seat belts. For the front seats I put new foam in the bottom with heated seat elemets. I was abl
So here it is, the new tii.
The Good; Roundie, tii, sunroof. Matching number engine included. The perfect starting point. Original BC car that never saw salt. Underside and rockers are solid except for a small patch in passenger floor. Previous owner put lowering springs and Bilsteins.
The Bad: corrosion along belt line of hood and trunk lid as well as rear quarter wheel lips. Pops out of 2nd gear.
The Ugly: Green cam cover and tired upholster
This is my third 02 in as many years. How did I get here and why?
My first 02 was a roundie tii that I completely restored and sold. It's story was detailed here. The sheer cost of the restoration and the fact I already have other high level restored cars resulted in a change in strategy....
Hence my next car was to be a 3 season driver. The concept was to get maximum usage and enjoy daily driving of a vintage classic without worrying about every raincloud or stone chip. I