After 9 months in gestation, this baby is going back together. I have been stumbling over parts to this engine (main caps here, front cover there, toe stubbed on crank under rag) while treadng the circuitous detour paths paved by the Sprint, Berlina, TI, Fiat, Multipla, and GTV and it is time to get it together before any of it’s parts disappear.
I’ve been throwing in one part for this rebuild with every Centerline order and, with a few exceptions, I think I have everything required to get this thing together.
This engine had been sitting in the corner until the Sprint engine came off the stand, at which point it went back on. Refreshing the 2 liter for the TI meant it came back off. A couple of weeks ago in a fit of working against entropy, I got it back on the stand, gathered up all the parts I had stumbled over in the last 9 months and made the practical decision to put it together soon. Practical becasue a: it’s hard to loose engine parts that are assembled with foot pounds and sealer/glue to a very large heavy object and b: if I have nice shiny three thousand dollar engine waiting to go in the SS I might be more motivated.
With safety glasses on It goes thus… Step one: apply Simple Green, let soak and then scrub with a stiff bristle brush. Step two: powerwash. Step three: reapply Simple Green. Step four: powerwash, repeat until clean. Look at the warn dusky glow of sunset reflecting of the newly clean engine.
Once the returns from powerwashing have diminished to a trickle, I like to use a wire brush and brass scraper to dislodge any tenacious grime. This going-over is of course followed by simple green and powerwashing.
Once the benefits of powerwashing, scraping and all are thoroughly exhausted I get the air nozzle out and hose this down with high pressure, high velocity air. Earplugs are nice while you do this as the potential for eardrum discomfort is high. I’ll remove and clean the transmission spacer and oil galley cover soon.
A little white glove treatment for the fresh from the spa engine block. Heat gun is good for heating it up enough to evaporate any trapped water. I just set it on the engine so it blows hot air on the engine walls near oil passages.
While the heat gun evaporates any remaining moisture out of the engine I set to cleaning up some other stuff. Here I am using a die to chase really stubborn black goo of some sort from the threads. One of the front cover studs is broken. Will get fix it on my next visit with the patient.
I was on a roll so I removed and blasted the transmission spacer and cleaned the two shallow head bolts that hold it on. Should I get this thing cad plated or paint it black? I also removed and cleaned the oil galley cover and bolts. The gasket was in good shape so I reused it. I will get some gasket sealer on it before I do a final tightening on these bolts. Last thing I did was clean polish and mount the breather. I know the concours judge would deduct a point for using stainless nuts instead of getting the originals cad plated, but I don’t care.
I dug the .010 over main bearing shells out of their box and installed them. I couldn’t find my Redline assembly lube so I borrowed a little and set the crank in place. This afternoon I’ll find my assembly lube, clean up the crank, install it with cleaned up main caps and test fit the timing gears.
There you have it, 2.5 hours of totally non-exemplary fussing with my 1600 Veloce engine. Today if time allows I’ll measure the piston ring grooves and bore diameters to see if I can reuse the piston/liner set. If so I’ll clean them up and to get them ready for install add a set of hastings piston rings to my next Centerline shopping list.
Yes, as a matter of fact I do get a little discount for plugging Centerline, so do me a favor and mention to them you saw them mentioned here. Got an Alfa business I can plug in exchange for a discount? Drop me a line…
The next installment is here.