Posts Tagged ‘Cylinder Head


Project KP30; RE-Engine-ering

OK, I know what you are thinking; its back in bits already?! Well, It was nice to drive with it’s mild cam and quiet lifters but where is the fun if it doesn’t terrify you?

So… off came the head. Incidentally it turned out there were no valve stem seals on the exhaust valves which explained the little bit of oil consumption.

Out came the hydraulic lifters which I replaced with solid lifters (shown at the back with the adjustable rocker gear).

The simplex timing chain had to go aswell

With the engine mounts released I was able to jack the engine enough to remove the cam without having to take the engine out

The it was time to put it all back together. In went the Kent T125 Cam

Duplex gear fitted and the cam dialled in

Fresh gasket set, oil and filter

While I had the manifold off I took the opportunity to re-wrap it as the old stuff was falling to bits. I went for black wrap this time to help it stay looking fresh even if I am messing about with grubby hands

Head, carbs, manifold, adjustable rocker gear and cooling system later she fired first go!

I can finally say I have an engine that uses no oil, runs amazingly and is fully scary! Result!


Project KP30; Heads UP…………

It never ceases to depress my how long it takes for me to get things done on my car these days. Between work and real life getting in the way the amount of playtime I have is ever reducing!

Enough moaning…….

Today I got out in the garage and managed to get my KP’s head rebuilt; Cleaned, valves lapped in, new stem seals and fresh coat of paint. I also picked up my gasket set so hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will all be back together.

I really can’t wait to get this thing back on the road now especially as we have been having some nice weather.  It is going to need it’s MOT and one of the things that needs doing is front strut seals. After a trip to my local Toyota dealer (read 3 trips including pulling my vin plate off and taking it down to prove the car exists!) I have a set on their way from Japan due to land on the 11th March!