|April 17, 2007 - The engine comes together.|
It's been a really slow process, mostly because I've been hunting down all the fasteners and miscellaneous bits and pieces that are scattered all over Flyin' Miata. I didn't strip the engine down, and in the long time it's been apart many of the components were liberated for other uses. This even includes the piston rings! So it's a minor victory when even one part is installed.
Several parts are installed, however. I investigated modifying a pre-2001 oil pan to work with the bearing support plate, but no luck. So it's the earlier design that got installed. Once the pan was on, I flipped the engine over to keep working on the water pump. Hmm, those pistons don't look right...