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Oct 18, 2017, 10:15 PM
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Enya VT 240 Restoration


Just a bunch of dirty metal pieces. Disassembly was straight forward, a few stripped head bolts that needed careful drilling and extraction. Back plate was tight due to the cam gears being stuck. Heat and Kroil did the trick.
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Oct 18, 2017, 10:20 PM
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Cleaning parts, starting with the larger pieces. Most go into the ultrasonic for a few 10 minute cycles at 55 degrees Celsius. Solution is 1/3 LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner, 2/3 water and a capful of Aluminum Brightener.

After the bath, I started polishing the crankcase pieces. Some folks probably consider that a sacrilege doing that to such an engine, but it's mine and I can do what I want with it!
Oct 19, 2017, 05:05 AM
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Absolutely beautiful engine Jim! Congrats on that one. I would love to see/hear a run video of that beautiful piece.
Oct 19, 2017, 04:07 PM
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Thanks David, I've never done a video before but will attempt to do so with this one. My current dilemma is trying to decide whether or not to blast the cylinders and anodize them. The original paint is chipped in a quite few spots.
Oct 26, 2017, 04:36 PM
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Ok, not going to strip the cylinders. Touched them up as best as I could, doesn't look too bad. Several screws have been rounded, so considering replacing them with stainless. Wonder what others think about that and the use of anti seize?
Oct 26, 2017, 05:33 PM
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I would not use stainless steel screws personally. The black oxide screws I get from ACE Hardware work just fine. I simply put a drop of oil on the screw threads or in the hole and install them. Never had a need for anti-seize.
Oct 26, 2017, 05:39 PM
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Cool, that's probably what I'd do then. What do you think the issue with stainless would be? Might strip the aluminum easier or maybe chemistry difference may cause reaction?
Oct 26, 2017, 05:41 PM
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Shiny stuff..waiting on gaskets, o-rings and bearings before reassembly.
Oct 27, 2017, 03:08 AM
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Cool, that's probably what I'd do then. What do you think the issue with stainless would be? Might strip the aluminum easier or maybe chemistry difference may cause reaction?
I don't think there is an issue using them. I personally wouldn't only due to the cost of the fasteners. Unless you just want the look of shinier screw heads there is no structural need for stainless.
Nov 05, 2017, 12:20 AM
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New bearings installed. The piston rings felt alright, so saving the new ones as spare for now. Assembly underway.
Nov 05, 2017, 12:21 AM
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Can't decide on types of screws, stainless button head or regular black cap head?
Nov 09, 2017, 09:15 PM
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Went with stainless screws, I think it looks good. Reassembly is complete, now waiting to test run and tune.
Nov 09, 2017, 09:16 PM
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Wonder how much tail weight I need to add?
Nov 10, 2017, 04:04 AM
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Absolutely beautiful Jim!
Nov 11, 2017, 10:46 PM
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Thanks a bunch, David. This one took almost a year to source all the parts for the rebuild.


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