I got a Corvair
engine core from my friend David
York and after the case gets a through checkup by Kevin
Fahy & William
Wynne, a cleaning in the environmental cleaner, and being blasted
by walnut shells in William's
Scat Blast Cabinet I can really get to work on it.
Went to William Wynne's
hanger today and he inspected some of my core motor parts. I pressed my
rods off of the pistons so they can be reconditioned
and balanced. Needless to say, the stock cast pistons are in the trash.
Cleaned the jugs, push rods and push rod tubes tonight. this was not a
through cleaning, mainly a degreasing and inspection of the parts.
They sure were grungy!
Had a few issues.
I have one cylinder with a good size part of the cooling fin missing and
another with a small piece of a fin broken off (not pictured).
I have one bent push rod that is unacceptable.
Not hard to tell what tube it was from.
But the other tubes and push rods look ok. There is a small
dent in another tube but I don't think it will be a problem. I'll ask
William to have a look at it next time I go to his hanger.
Updated 2-8-2005: William
Wynne says the small dent is not an issue. I think I'll try running
a socket through the tube to knock the dent completely out though.
More part inspection and cleaning today. Not really a through cleaning
but more getting the gunk off. I'm giving all the metal parts a bath in
a solution of Goo-Gone
and hot water then going after them with a dish scrub brush. It really
does an amazing job of removing years or road grime, grease, and old oil.
It will dry out any o-rings or gaskets so take them all off first. It
also makes my garage smell like an orange grove.