|April 12, 2007 - Tap tap tap goes the piston into the block.|
The black cylinder is a ring compressor. Once the piston is in place, the bearing clearances are checked on the big ends of the rods, then everything is lubricated with red assembly lube and torqued up.
It's not fast work. It's a long time since I last built an engine and I'm working methodically with a lot of help from Bill Cardell. Things should go more quickly from this point, as things only need to be assembled once instead of twice. By the end of the weekend I want the shortblock done, ready for the tardy head to arrive.