Well, since we were so rudely interrupted by boats exploding, we were doing other things in the barn at 97 degrees. Like trying to change a Valve Seat and Valve. We will of course update folks with any new news on the couple and investigation. But today we are gonna show a complete idiot can do this without tearing apart the engine.
First thing you do is call Dave VanNess. “Hey Dave, I broke a valve and the valve seat is out.” Second thing you do is laugh. I mean what are ya gonna do? Cry? The good news is Dave said its very possible to repair this without any over the top stuff. maybe for a mechanic or machinist. But a fat fingered sugar deprived old geezer artist… HAHAHHAHA, now I am gonna cry.
The good news is Jimmy is a great friend and “says” he enjoys this. So, we get new parts, Seat, valve and the tools to make this happen.
7 AM before the sweat fest takes over. I had already removed the head, and valve cover. Which is harder than you think under the manifold. Hey, I can take stuff apart like a champ.
Okay here is the deal. Its possible. Here is a self captioned photo series. WARNING, I have no idea what the right words are. And we decided to go old school on this. Taking it all to a machine shop seemed so… well.. so un Woody Boater. After all, this is how it would have been done.
At this point we have been on the phone with Dave about 10 times, No phone service or Wifi in the barn, so lots of back and forth. I am also sure at this point many in the Peanut gallery will have something to say. Have at it, you cant insult me, since I know I am a fool.
Now the valve is inserted with some lapping compound and turned to expose the seat. Ya, I have no idea how else to explain this. But where it rubs it leaves a mark and you know its sealing.
At this point I was brought in because my shaky hand is less shaky than Jimmys. We stuffed with a rag the inside of the valve area so no part would drop into the oil pan. Now, this is the bitch part. Cause you have to navigate over the carb the manafold and slip it on the valve. By this time its 11 AM and 1 billion degrees in the barn. We both look like we have been swimming in a pool, and well. The one thing I do, and PLOP!
Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of Lost Lock! Will we find it? Will we chance it and run the engine with a new set? Can we find a new set?