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Posted August 30, 2014 - 06:49 AM

One nice thing about taking this all apart is that I now know that the engine is in real good condition.
Besides it gives me something extra to work on for a few days.

You could come get something of mine to putter with if you're bored. Just bring it back when it's pretty. :D
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Posted September 06, 2014 - 06:34 PM

The new rings for the Wisconsin engine came in today.
My ring compressor is in storage with all my other tools so I decided it was time to do a little improvising.
I'm making a temporary ring compressor  with a hose clamp and a strip of thin aluminum.    
Using a needle nose pliers, I formed little crimp marks along one edge of the aluminum strip.     
This is the edge that will set on top of the engine block and the crimped areas will keep the strip of aluminum from slipping down between the piston and the cylinder.

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The rings are oiled and the ring compressor is tightened down on the rings and the piston is set on the engine block.

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Then the piston is tapped down into the cylinder.

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Posted September 06, 2014 - 07:03 PM

Nice comprressor. Ingenuity at its finest.
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Posted September 06, 2014 - 07:06 PM

Neat improvising, Ray! Looks like it worked just fine!


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Posted September 06, 2014 - 07:15 PM

Macgyver.


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 02:42 PM

The head gasket came in today so I can get the engine put back together.
The ignition switch, amp gauge, throttle lever and coil are all mounted on the gas tank bracket that bolts right on top of the engine.

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These are the bolts for the cylinder head.
The three on the right are also used for mounting the gas tank bracket.
Two of these head bolts have a large hex area so the cylinder head can be bolted down tight.
The bracket is then bolted down on top of the large hex bolts.
The third mounting bolt is a 3 inch long stud with a tube spacer to fit between the top of the head and the bottom of the bracket.

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The problem with this is that every time the third head bolt is removed to take the gas tank bracket off, the clamping tension is removed from that part of the cylinder head.
To correct this, I got another stud with more threads on it.
Then I cut part of the spacer tube off to equal the thickness of a 3/8 nut.

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Now all the cylinder head bolts are screwed down tight and the gas tank bracket will mount on top of the two large hex bolts and on top of the nut on the third head bolt.

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With the top of the air shroud in place, you can't tell that any changes were made.

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The gas tank bracket is then bolted on and can be taken off later without removing any of the head bolts.

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Posted September 12, 2014 - 02:54 PM

Looks like a good re-engineer of a poor design.  :thumbs:


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Posted September 12, 2014 - 03:09 PM

Nice problem solving!


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Posted September 13, 2014 - 07:00 PM

Looks good!
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Posted September 13, 2014 - 07:57 PM

I wonder if the third bolt wasnt originally a large hex bolt like the other two, and it got lost or broken along the way and replaced with a bolt and spacer.....

Great fix by the way.
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