Jump to content

Revival of the Chickenhawk...


Recommended Posts

I recently picked up an import L16, and since we decided that's how we wanted to go with the car, we tore into it to see what it'll need...

 

normal_20140426_125257.jpg

 

Being a used import motor, it thankfully has the closed chamber A87 and not the crappy 210 head. Also dug a '69 valve cover out of my stash to use on it...   :thumbup:

 

normal_20140426_130359.jpg

 

 

Overall it looks to be in very good shape. At some point it was bored 0.50mm and new pistons fitted, chain and guides look great, crank turns butter smooth, and the valvetrain all looks good aside from some surface corrosion on the cam lobes. 

 

Downside is at some point a small amount of water got into the #1 cylinder and there's some minor pitting on the cylinder wall at BDC. I'm hoping that some vigorous honing will get rid of it, but we shall see. Worst-case-scenario we have the block bored and bigger pistons fitted. Need to see if it can be bored enough to install L18/L20b pistons...

 

 

And since I was asked for current pics of the car, here it goes. Prepare yourself.  :blush:

 

normal_20140426_130654.jpg

 

 

Keen-eyed observers may notice it has changed a bit. Before, it had fiberglass BRE flares on it, we have since tossed those in favor of some steel flares that were welded on then blended in. Soon we will get it inside and torn down to address the body and paint, then when the engine is rebuilt reassembly will commence...   :thumbup:

  • Like 1
Link to comment
  • Replies 1.1k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Posted Images

I recently picked up an import L16, and since we decided that's how we wanted to go with the car, we tore into it to see what it'll need...

 

normal_20140426_125257.jpg

 

Being a used import motor, it thankfully has the closed chamber A87 and not the crappy 210 head. Also dug a '69 valve cover out of my stash to use on it...   :thumbup:

 

normal_20140426_130359.jpg

 

 

Overall it looks to be in very good shape. At some point it was bored 0.50mm and new pistons fitted, chain and guides look great, crank turns butter smooth, and the valvetrain all looks good aside from some surface corrosion on the cam lobes. 

 

Downside is at some point a small amount of water got into the #1 cylinder and there's some minor pitting on the cylinder wall at BDC. I'm hoping that some vigorous honing will get rid of it, but we shall see. Worst-case-scenario we have the block bored and bigger pistons fitted. Need to see if it can be bored enough to install L18/L20b pistons...

 

 

And since I was asked for current pics of the car, here it goes. Prepare yourself.  :blush:

 

normal_20140426_130654.jpg

 

 

Keen-eyed observers may notice it has changed a bit. Before, it had fiberglass BRE flares on it, we have since tossed those in favor of some steel flares that were welded on then blended in. Soon we will get it inside and torn down to address the body and paint, then when the engine is rebuilt reassembly will commence...   :thumbup:

 

 

Looks like a fine automobile that just needs some TLC  :console:

  • Like 1
Link to comment

Didn't get much accomplished today, but...   B)

 

Since we didn't have a lot of confidence in this block as is, seredipity kindly stepped in and helped us out. A buddy in San Antonio needed a little help on his 510, and he let slip he had a complete L18 short block he had no use for. So we hit the road, helped him out, and scored a clean(ish) L18 short block!  :thumbup:

 

Going to tear it down and clean it up next week, but the cylinder walls in it look brand new!  :wub:

  • Like 1
Link to comment

Today was the "work on a little bit of every car" day...     :rofl:

 

Tim did some cleaning and maintenance of the carbs on his 7...

 

normal_20140510_090952.jpg

 

 

 

Then we got the L16 off the stand and the new L18 on it. Yeah, it's a little grungy...   ^_^

 

normal_20140510_101836.jpg

Link to comment

Cleaned up pistons and top of block...

 

normal_20140510_103902.jpg

 

 

Unfortunately, it became clear at this point the cylinders needed a hone at least. Too bad because the bearings and rings were really clean...   :rofl:

 

Pulled the pistons out, and honed them all...

 

normal_20140510_130704.jpg

 

 

This was the worst hole and came up pretty clean...

 

normal_20140510_130728.jpg

 

 

 

Gonna get some new rod bearings and rings and put the bottom end back together next time.   :thumbup:

Link to comment

Also note we pulled the 7 foot long PCV pipe out to use the flush L16 pipe. Will need some minor mods since the hole in the block is a slightly different size, but I'm sure we can cut off the last inch of the L18 pipe and slide the L16 pipe inside it and weld them together. Then it should pop straight on.   :thumbup:

Link to comment

What valve cover is that that it says "Datsun?"

 

Also, check my events thread. I'd like your and Tim's input. I've got the member title, but I feel like you guys are the biggest contribution to Ratsun Texas.

Link to comment

Ahhh. The only a series I've been around is on my father in laws welding machine, and it's a Nissan I believe. Makes me wanna go check it out and make sure it's not aluminum though.

Link to comment

Tim did some cleaning and maintenance of the carbs on his 7...

 

normal_20140510_090952.jpg

 

Love the under hood tool box. :thumbup:

I would think that is to keep the British vibe, gotta have tools everywhere you go, or a tow truck handy. :rofl:

  • Like 1
Link to comment

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.