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Old 03-17-2017, 05:15 AM   #41
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I was going to use Rotocast Bronze, but Draganfly had babbit lined replacement bushings available in 0.100" undersize. I had to machine them to 0.0010" under to fit the regrind.

I've used rotocast on several other jobs, in fact one came back to me recently that I had machined about 25 years ago. It wears well and is very easy to work with. Had I not been able to get the babbit lined ones, I wouldn't have thought twice about using the Bronze instead.
Thanks Goldy.... and i ment Bronze obviouly.....lol.
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Old 03-17-2017, 10:51 AM   #42
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Ok Photobucket seems to be working now...

Here's the new bushings before machining with the an old one for comparison:



And here are the new bushings with the oil grooves machined and the bores done to fit the crankshafts:



Setting the thrust clearance:



Finally found that oil scavenge pipe! A look at the inside:



...and the reassembled crankshafts:

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Old 03-24-2017, 05:35 PM   #43
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Completed a bit more engine work this week. Had to machine a little spacer to fit over the camshaft to locate the cam properly in the crankcase, then slipped that in. Got the coupling gears mounted to the crankshafts after fitting new vibration dampers...they really do work...the gears ring like a bell without those simple fibre discs. Connecting rods were installed and torqued. Took the cylinder block to the machine shop to have the old liners pressed out and new ones installed and bored to match the new pistons. Started working on the cylinder head, took a while but I managed to get the rocker arm shafts out without damaging anything (the rocker arms had seized to the shafts).

Crankcase with all the guts in place:

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Old 03-26-2017, 05:19 PM   #44
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You seem to be slapping this together like you build them every week, with just a shop manual to refer to, and having never worked on this engine (which is unlike any other) before. I don't know how you do it!

It's looking great, I'm already looking forward to the day you fire this one up.
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Old 03-26-2017, 06:41 PM   #45
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Well, to be honest, I'm really taking taking my time and studying everything very closely before any assembly takes place. I've been checking everything at least twice...and the shop manual..well I suppose it's better than nothing, but for all the information and instruction it leaves to the imagination, I might as well not even have it. It's damn near useless! I do have some other literature that helps fill in the blank spots though.
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Old 04-02-2017, 06:39 PM   #46
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Not much to report on this week...did get the valve guides knocked out and new ones installed. Machine shop still has the cylinders. There has been a death in the family and I'm going to be pretty busy getting the legalities looked after as well as clearing and cleaning her apartment this month, so things may slow down, but not stop altogether...shop time is my form of decompression. :P
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:22 PM   #47
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:09 AM   #48
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man this really makes me wants SQ4
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Old 04-15-2017, 01:08 PM   #49
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Am always interested in progress on projects like this, keep it up!
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Old 04-16-2017, 09:03 AM   #50
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Mike picked up the re-sleeved cylinders from the machine shop a few days ago and delivered them to me this morning. Needless to say, they did a nice job installing and boring them to match the pistons. I'll post a picture or two later. Happy Easter!
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:08 PM   #51
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It's been a busy month and not the sort of "busy" I like. I believe I mentioned before, I had to empty a deceased relative's apartment (all alone...at least I had the "boss" to help me with the final clean up). On top of that, I had to help two of my boys move. I don't know how I even had time to take a friggin' dump this month...but at least that's behind me. So... here are the pics of those cylinders I promised in the last posting. Currently on the hunt for a couple of exhaust valves....have all but two in that pile of bits and pieces....but there's nothing really holding me back from fitting the pistons and cylinders next week...I hope!



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Old 05-01-2017, 12:40 PM   #52
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You'll get there, it's a worthwhile project....
And I sure do know that feeling of ever thing else that keeps poppin' up and needin' to be done !!!!
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Old 05-12-2017, 05:42 AM   #53
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Was going to put the pistons in place the other day, but the motor on my lathe bit the bullet...I hope I can fix it without having to resort to a new one...time will tell. In the meantime Mike has been busy getting the chassis and tinware assembled, here's some Ariel porno for you:


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Old 05-12-2017, 11:09 AM   #54
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:Snort: :huffa huffa: That tank makes me twitchy. In a most welcome way, of course.
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Old 05-12-2017, 01:30 PM   #55
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Very nice.
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:21 PM   #56
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Turned out that the problem with the lathe was an easy fix after all...it's down to me being a poor housekeeper. The motor got shorted by a piece of aluminum swarf that got sucked into it. Anyhow the other day I cleaned the place up and now at least the shop looks presentable and the good ol' lathe is back in operation...I honestly don't know what I would do without it. With that looked after, I finally got back at the Ariel and put the pistons on the rods, fitted the tappets and guide blocks to the cylinders and slid them down over the pistons. I was surprised at how easily it went! Now if that valve I am waiting for would show up I could get the head back together and fit that in place too. I do have a pitted up old exhaust valve, but I don't want to resort to using that.

Squariel peek-a-boo...cylinders going on over the pistons:



Cylinder heads and valves...the pitted one is shown lower left:

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Old 05-17-2017, 06:03 PM   #57
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Mmmm, the slightest problem would have you wondering - better to wait for the new one. Loving this thread! Tank looks fantastic!

I did that to my lathe too, fitted some mesh over the motor cooling vents, works a treat.
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Old 05-18-2017, 05:07 AM   #58
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[QUOTE= I did that to my lathe too, fitted some mesh over the motor cooling vents, works a treat.[/QUOTE]

Did something quite similar with mine...could have avoided it altogether had I kept the damn thing reasonably clean in the first place. Live and learn.
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Old 05-18-2017, 09:20 AM   #59
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This thread has been a real education. I always wondered how this engine worked....two counter-rotating cranks! Wow! Thanks for posting the pics and info. I can't wait to see it come together.
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:11 PM   #60
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Thanks, love that current build you've been working on. I wasn't going to bother posting this, but here goes anyhow...that is if I can remember how to do it.

https://youtu.be/UobIOhJhaOI
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