You sound knowledgeable and not to hijack the thread, could you list the typical uses for the equipment in your post? I am looking to get some Experience and Practice on my powerplant. Maybe, you could provide some pointers for a new DIY'er trying to learn? It might also provide some insight to how much each piece of equipment gets used and if outsourcing is a better approach due to the cost of tools. I am slowly assembling the tools I need and plan on outsourcing what I cannot do my self. I have the items with an "*"
Available in AMCA Library:
Available at Local engine shop?:
*Milling Machine - rough boring cylinders, deck cylinders,
Boring Bar - used with Mill for boring cylinders
Hone - Hone cylinders, case races, rod races, pushrod guides
*Lathe - ?
*Surface Grinder - ? maybe flywheel/rod shims?
Valve and Valve Seat Equipment - obvious?
Plus a whole bunch of Special Tools......
*Gear Pullers - Pinion
Gear Installers - have any pics? is there a special installer for the pinion gear?
*Race Pushers - Rod races
Race Pushers - case races - any pics for case races prior to 46?
*Micrometers - measurement
*Bore Gages - measurement
Flywheel Jigs - any pics and usage information?
*Truing Stand - is a bench center adequate?
*Dial indicators - used with truing stand/bench center
Balancing Setup - any pics and info? and Is it really necessary unless your gonna race it?
Rod Squaring Plate - any pics and info?
Etc. - any other information?
No motor rebuild experience, but I am knowledgeable about most of the equipment listed and I can turn a wrench and I really want to do as much of it as I can myself. I hope to do a second powerplant someday.
This past summer I successfully rebuilt a BMW R60 transmission after I had problems with it from the shop I took it to. That built my confidence, but I'm still afraid to a point about working with these pricey items. If money were not an issue I would probably be done already. I need to do it right the first time and not break anything in the process.
Wish I had a good engine builder in my back yard to learn from.
Thanks in advance,