Return of the "Spare Engine" for Willa Dean

Vintage Don

Well Oiled
Oct 9, 2017
3,750
Medina, Ohio
First Name
Don
Willys Model
  1. Pickup
Willys Year:
  1. 1948
I've been distracted the past few days, because of some new things going on (vehicles) here, and some resulting changes. That's all a long story, for another thread, when I get caught up... (HA!)

But today, I finally got back to this engine for a while. I was anxious to see how the oil pump looked inside - to see if there was anything visible there which might give any clue about what caused the spun bearing problem. But it was all normal inside - eveything all "in spec."

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Then, back to the Block... I finished up cleaning out the bores, from that recent honing - and masked off the block, while we're having warm (50°) sunny weather. Got it all cleaned up, and got it painted.

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I also got paint on several other parts - filler tube, timing cover, tappet cover, etc. Time permitting, I'll get the cylinder head and some other stuff painted tomorrow, after the turkey.

Why silver? I don't know.... I like the look better than black. I was going to paint it dark green, but The Bride told me to use silver again. And @JABJEEP once said he liked the look. Good enough!

The Machine Shop called this afternoon, too, and the crank is now turned and ready. I'll pick that up on Friday.
 
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Bitzf4

Well Oiled
All-Star
Oct 13, 2020
1,492
Hastings mn
First Name
Jim
Willys Model
  1. CJ
Willys Year:
  1. 1948
I've been distracted the past few days, because of some new things going on (vehicles) here, and some resulting changes. That's all a long story, for another thread, when I get caught up... (HA!)

But today, I finally got back to this engine for a while. I was anxious to see how the oil pump looked inside - to see if there was anything visible there which might give any clue about what caused the spun bearing problem. But it was all normal inside - eveything all "in spec."

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Then, back to the Block... I finished up cleaning out the bores, from that recent honing - and masked off the block, while we're having warm (50°) sunny weather. Got it all cleaned up, and got it painted.

View attachment 130488

I also got paint on several other parts - filler tube, timing cover, tappet cover, etc. Time permitting, I'll get the cylinder head and some other stuff painted tomorrow, after the turkey.

Why silver? I don't know.... I like the look better than black. I was going to paint it dark green, but The Bride told me to use silver again. And @JABJEEP once said he liked the look. Good enough!

The Machine Shop called this afternoon, too, and the crank is now turned and ready. I'll pick that up on Friday.
Hey Don. Jeff mentioned you were able to get the inside galley plugs out of your motor. One of mine is a slotted screw type and doesn’t want to move. Any thoughts. Here is a pic of the one 5A672A8B-C6E2-4C88-BDC2-6103544A10F9.jpeg
 

Stakebed

Well Oiled
All-Star
Mar 4, 2020
8,772
Northern California
First Name
Joe
Willys Model
  1. Pickup
Willys Year:
  1. 1957
Why silver? I don't know.... I like the look better than black. I was going to paint it dark green, but The Bride told me to use silver again. And @JABJEEP once said he liked the look. Good enough!
How ironic. I was admiring the silver color before I read the above. I was also wondering if that was the stock color.
 

Seabee

Well Oiled
All-Star
Dec 23, 2014
2,003
Mulkeytown, IL
First Name
Joe
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1952
An old machine shop owner buddy of mine taught me the trick of heating the plug up and touching a small candle to the plug. The heat will draw the wax down into the threads and you can almost back them out by hand (well, that's the theory!) It does help a lot.
 

scramboleer

Super Moderator
Staff member
All-Star
Aug 16, 2011
10,396
San Francisco, California
First Name
Dan
Willys Model
  1. Wagon
Willys Year:
  1. 1964
See? We need one for the engine. Collect the whole series, engines, transmission, differentials, heck maybe with enough pre-orders the manufacturer might print Fixing Rusty Door Bottoms shirts?
Then we could insert them in the re-prints for of factory service manuals and actually have useful, readable part/assembly diagrams.
 
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