Cheap Tricks for engines
an old ignition wire to get to those har-to-reach plug holes. This way you
avoid ruining the tread while using a wrench.
avoid that the rubber or cork seals wander around and slide away while you
try to fix that damn thing here's an easy trick. Strip off a few inches
of an old cable. The inner wire consists of many thin copper wires. Use
one of those thin (generally 0.1 mm2) strands to fix the seal to each hole.
After fixing the whole thing you can either simply remove the wires by pulling
on them or leave them in place as they are so thin.
make checking oil levels easier put some fluorescenting paint around the
end of the tubes. It will come very handy on those dimly lit service stations
an big piece of cardboard to collect the various nuts and bolts. On some
parts with a lot of differing bolts trace the outline of the piece on the
cardboard and stick the bolts in the corresponding places. The water pumps
on modern Land Rovers are a good example for practising this.
taking your intake manifold and head off take some time to remove any casting
traces and marks. Make a nice, smooth finish but do not try to enlarge the
passages unless you know what you're doing. Simply removing the casting
burrs allows for a much better air flow, giving a better filling with air.
Don't think you will get a racer though, this modification can only be detected
by a rolling road. Think about 2-3 horses max. And don't try to make a polished
finish, this isn't good for air flow in most cases. At last, dont forget
to clean the heads very thorougly.
time you have removed your fan paint the outside edges of the blades in
a bright color. They are so sharp you will never forget them once you touch
them running. It's a very cheap way to avoid nasty wounds.
you have to remove the clutch pilot bearing which is always a good idea
as it costs only a few bucks, you can get by without buying a special bearing
puller if you fill the hole with grease. Than get a tube or bolt that matches
the bore as close as possible. Tap now this in. The pressure of the grease
will push the bearing out.
easy way to check radiators for leaks is using an old bycicle tube. Cut
it up and connect it between upper and lower inlets. Fill the radiator full
with water than pump it it with a small hand pump. Don't use a compressor
as it needs only a very small amount of air to get high pressures. Anything
over 15 p.s.i. will damage the radiator