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Recovering the pickup
1. Introduction
2. Stripdown begins!
3. Rolling chassis stage
4. Chassis stripped down
5. Further chassis pictures
6. Cab & panels removed
7. Springs and front axle
8. Refurbished chassis
9. E93A engine overhaul

9. Engine rebuild.

The E93A-type sidevalve engine is stripped and overhauled.

The 10hp E83W engine, common to all upright 1950s sidevalve Fords, is given a good overhaul.

Engine shown here still in the chassis

"The start of Stage Two - the engine. It actually looks worse than it was. A little bit of rust at the top of the bores, and a tarry 'gloop' in the valve gallery. It was stripped further, and taken to an engine specialist to check for wear etc."

Top of the engine now removed ready for inspection
Engine stripped, cleaned and overhauled

"Back from the Specialist. The bores were good, and only needed honing. The big ends and mains were good and didn't need attention. The camshaft was given a light dressing. A little bit of wear in the small ends was cured by rebushing. The engine has been cleaned in a bath. The block, head, clutch and flywheel have been re-faced. New hardened valve inserts have been fitted, and the crankshaft was polished."

Crank and bottom end of the engine

"The results of the honing can be seen, and also the valve inserts. New piston rings, valves, guides, springs and (not obvious in the photos) adjustable tappets, have all been fitted. New head studs are in place and new nuts were obtained as well.

Because they are heavily stressed, we have fitted new cap nuts on both the mains and big ends. Only the mains caps are wired, the big end caps have locknuts. Let's hope it will be a long time before this sort of view can be seen on this engine again! The oil pump as totally stripped for cleaning."

Engine bolted back together and repainted

"A completely overhauled and reconditioned engine, should give trouble-free running, and looks a pretty as a picture!

In these shots, the oil filter mod. can be seen (a modern filter fits in a housing that looks like the old-style canister). It is virtually undetectable from the original filter, but the modern, spin-on innards cost a fraction of the original sealed canisters."

New oil filter housing fitted to the recon engine
The fully reconditioned Ford engine

 
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