Monday, 31 August 2015

What's in the box?

Go on, tell me, tell me, what's in the box? All will become clear later, but first, I want to talk about studs.

I don't mean a type of piercing, racehorse or gentleman who is popular with the ladies, nor do I mean a piece of timber for fixing plasterboard to, or the thing on the bottom of a football boot.

No, I mean: "a bolt with threads on both ends, to be screwed permanently into a fixed part at one end and receive a nut upon the other; - called also standing bolt" not my definition I hasten to add, but accurate enough. I have used many of them throughout the rebuilding of Izzy's engine but the ones Ii want to talk about today are the chaincase cover ones. Why, aren't they just studs? well, interesting you say that, on one hand (not sure if its the left or right) they are yes, but on the other, they are different. Time for a picture I think, after all, it paints a thousand words apparently. That was an idiomatic expression, who knew (no me neither) but I'm sure some did. By the way, I'm not a big fan of bread (bread products yes, just not the group) but I felt it emphasised my point.

So, back to the task in hand, studs..........

I'm sure by now you know I do like a pic of the same thing, from a different angle, so there are 3 above. Studs in a crankcase, could almost be musical piece couldn't it, "studs in a crankcase" it's not, it's just a description. So, these studs, why so different, well, they have holes in, allen key sized holes, for fitting and removing said studs. I thought it was a cracking idea when I saw them, no more stuck studs that you end up drilling, cutting, heating and  getting extremely frustrated at trying to remove. 

3 more pics, same thing, different angle, but this time with nuts on, how exciting, I know, you're like me, you cant contain yourself can you. On a side note, I'm a bit worried about my chain, its adjusted as it should be (according to those wot know about these sort of things guvnor) but I cant help thinking it should be tighter, still, the play in it is the play its supposed to have so for now its staying that way. If, in the future, changes are needed, then changes they will be made. 

You wanted to know what was in the box didn't you, go on then, I will show you...........


Shiny new things, new things all ready to be fitted. Guess that' the next post sorted then :-)

Friday, 14 August 2015


Dirty, round the wrong way, bare, need I go on. I apologies in advance, but its going to be another post of few words and many pics, most of which will be slightly different than the ones before. Maybe I should have a spot the difference feature, hmmmm. thinking with my brain now.

Same pic, closer up, illustrating the bareness of it all.

Oooh, bit different, cleaner, less bare (oil seal fitted) though now upside down, the chaincase, not the oil seal. This side was the part that was vapour blasted (along with the engine casing) as mentioned back then so it should be clean, unlike the other side, that will soon be dirty (once the gearbox oil is added) so doesn't need to be overly clean.

Many more bits fitted, kick start shaft and mechanism, return spring, stop, guide and bits you cant see (brass bushes) as opposed to brass monkeys, which is something completely different. I was going to (and probably should have) replaced the "kickstart shaft piston" (several of the posts in this blog have had the potential for being innuendo heavy) with new (unchipped) teeth (unlike me, the chipped teeth I mean) but didn't as they aren't too bad (worn wise) and they will also match up nicely to the first gear to which they will be meeting when kicking Izzy over. It's also me keeping original parts as much as possible due to, on this occasion, laziness lol. Still, if I come to regret it and need to replace it (the kickstart shaft piston) its not a massive job once Izzy is all assembled and I really don't think I will need to, it doesn't look that bad (worn), I know, I'm trying to convince myself aren't I....... 

Yes, it is like the above pic from a different angle, I did warn this may happen.

That one is slightly different, it has a clutch arm shaft in it, with a clutch lever (not to be confused with the headset clutch lever) ..... (that will feature many posts from now) and associated circlips and washers. 

Look, there it all is again, from a further away angle, which allows you to take in all that is now there that wasn't in the first pic, at the start of this post. Well not all of it, as some is internal or covered, so you can't see that, but its there.

You will be relieved glad to know, I didn't use all the pics I could have, but I still have them, so be warned. Remember though, this whole process is (as previously stated several times) more of a record for me than anything else :-)

Saturday, 8 August 2015


Not me I hasten to add (that's crying I mean), no, Izzy is, look, tears of oil stream from her crankcase like a lone stream of water travelling in the middle of nowhere departing from a wide river of mixed emotions.............. actually, its just a bit of the oil that I used to soak the clutch plates in that has seeped out after they were compressed. It could also be the remnants of the oil used on the gears when they were lubricated prior to being fitted, so nothing to worry about.

Whenever I write the word crying, I find it very hard not to think of a certain Only Fools and Horses sketch, you need to forward to around the 40th minute, but it still makes me laugh now, I am easily pleased though.

So, back to the post, it's only a short one (you may be pleased to know) as I have been helping with an an erection putting a shed up today and the time has flown by, so yet again, Izzy has been neglected.

Look how she weeps all over the workbench...........

Seriously, it is just a bit of oil, there is no need to call social services, it is all under control and as they say, there is no use crying over spoilt oil, not sure who says it, but I am sure I have heard them, or imagined it, it doesn't matter now, its happened, we need to move on, I need to move on (clearly)

As stated earlier, this is a short post, more will be done to Izzy tomorrow but I will most likely not post (on this blog) tomorrow as its a special day, an anniversary no less, so I will probably post something, just not here??????????????????????????? you cant beat a bit of mystery, well you can, but I'm not going to explain how now, for I must away...............

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Olympic Rings (aka clutch plates)

Well maybe not, there are only 4 (not 5) and they aren't organised correctly, but just imagine, if there was one more (it would be a 5 plate clutch) it would be the same number as the Olympic rings and if it was organised differently, it would look just like them. If you want to know more about the Olympic rings, click here, if you want to know about Izzy's clutch, stay here and keep reading.

I soaked the new cork plates overnight (as you do and I'm sure you know why) in oil, prior to assembly, funnily enough, in a tub in the lounge much to DB's dismay, but it made it easier for me to turn them to make sure they were well soaked (not said in a cockney accent) just thoroughly soaked.

I then fitted the strengthened clutch springs, held in place with a dab of grease (supplied with the Gori kit, the springs, not the grease) as you can see below.

Then the clutch basket, followed by new cork (and steel) plates went in, one after the other, repeat until done.

Pic above is basket with no plates, pic below is basket with all cork and metal plates fitted (and clutch compressor still in place). Well, even I couldn't be bothered to take a pic of each one in turn being fitted, that would be far to dull for you to look at dear viewer.

What I will do though, in the way of bonus of Sunday night pics, is put another 2 from different angles, with the clutch compressor still in place...................

No idea why, so dont ask........

Followed by a further 3 pics with the compressor gone, and the clutch all happy and as it should be (including its retaining circlip) from different angles for your delight and delectation :-)

Don't say I never give you anything to look at, goodbye for now..................