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Hello all...

I posted how I got this Spitfire in my intro post Hello From Jacksonville FL.   If you missed that, basically this little beauty was given to me by my neighbor.  He bought it in 78, drove it for twenty years, it broke down, and it has been sitting in his yard for the last twenty, till he gave it to me.

I'm going to post the pics here that I posted there, so ya'll don't have to jump back and forth to see them.

From here on out, this is going to be my build thread.  Thanks for any interest and all the help I am sure to need.

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So this is my new build thread and today was the first day I had time to play with my new toy.  My first mission was to see if I could turn the engine by hand.  I pulled the spark plugs and took a look at them.  #1 plug looked ok.  #2 had a lot of build up on it. #3 looked like it burnt oddly. and #4 looked ok to me.  Note: the PO used mix match plugs.550125910_66Spitfiresparkplugs6-3-19.thumb.jpg.1ecd3f12370fade79a8e80bd51303fca.jpg

 

After I had them pulled, I shot some PB Blaster into the spark plug holes.  Grabbed my big a$$ wrench and attempted to turn the engine.  She did not budge.  I pushed, I pulled, I banged, and I cussed, but all to no avail.  

I then shot some ATF down the holes and moved on to the valve cover.  When I first pulled off the cover, all I saw was rust.  Not a good sign.311784894_66SpitfireValveCoverRemoved6-3-19.thumb.jpg.dce2c13b8443eb76426f968718f928da.jpg

This freaked me out a bit, but I took the air hose out and blew it off.  The rust was from what fell off from the inside of the valve cover and not on the engine itself.  Then I sprayed it down with a pound or two of PB Blaster as well.

Just for the heck of it, I also poured ATF all over and in it as well.

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Seeing as I had the cover off, scrubbed it clean with a stainless steel brillow pad and hit it with a splash of paint to keep it from rusting again..  I also cleaned the the gasket area and put it back together.

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So all in all, I got little to nothing done.  The engine will still not turn and when I sprayed a bolt I planned to remove tomorrow, I messed up the new paint on the valve cover due to overspray.  One-step forward...

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Im sure your spitty will get under your skin and before lomg put a smile on when its driven

Dont let any set backs put you off , its all fun , never disaster

Steady progress will see her revived to former glory and a proud owner behind the wheel.

Keep,us up to date with your project please 

Pete

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Another day, another surprise...  Still trying to see if I can get the engine unstuck.  Was trying to add some MM Oil to the cylinders but couldn't get the tube into One and Two.  Come to find out, they had sleeves in them. The holes are much smaller.   Guess at some point, the threads got stripped.  Debating on getting a new head and replacing it.  Also took out the radiator and ran it up to the radiator shop here in town to have it pressure tested and repaired if needed.

Good pic of one and edge of two with sleeve inserts...

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3 and 4 No Inserts

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How odd. They don't look like they're reducing the thread size particularly, more moving the plug out, but why? And if they are merely doing the job of a Helicoil, why is there a constriction at the bottom end? Can you remove them?

You may be right that a head swap is the easy way out. And taking the head off should give you more visibility of possible causes of the seriously stuck bottom end.

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Have used diesel in the bores for a stuck engine but let it soak for days, check if the valves are stuck as will also stop an engine turning. Have freed stuck valves with careful use of a soft faced hammer and big screwdriver with liberal use of plus gas.

All the best.

Paul

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19 hours ago, Pete Lewis said:

there used to be adaptors  made so you could fit long reach 3/4"  plugs in a short reach 1/2" head   as short reach became less available 

Pete

This could explain the mix-matched spark plugs I was talking about earlier...  Spark plug 3 and 4 look a bit shorter than 1 and 2 that the sleeve things are in.  Will try to remove sleeves and see if a 3 or 4 sparkplug will go in.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Well, in an effort to keep ya'll posted, not much has taken place for the last couple of weeks.  I took the radiator out and took it up to a shop.  Needs a new core.  For $300 bucks, I'll just put in a new one.  The engine is still frozen, but I hear that it can take up to a month to break one free if it ever can be.  Have picked up a few things to get started on working on it, but it's a hundred in the shade and I am holding off for a bit nicer weather.

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On 05/06/2019 at 11:08, NonMember said:

How odd. They don't look like they're reducing the thread size particularly, more moving the plug out, but why? And if they are merely doing the job of a Helicoil, why is there a constriction at the bottom end? Can you remove them?

You may be right that a head swap is the easy way out. And taking the head off should give you more visibility of possible causes of the seriously stuck bottom end.

Take the head off and see what those look like from the other side. There may be an easy explanation.

My first thought was that a plug had fallen apart, and that's the outer shell remaining.

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