Now the fun stuff starts! Last time we looked into Hagerty’s latest Redline Rebuild, on a 1965 Mini Cooper S, its A-series engine had just enjoyed a skim, rebore and a coat of dark green paint.
This time around, all the parts are back in Hagerty’s workshop and ready to go together. Well, mostly, but the important thing is that a collection of parts will, over the next few videos, turn back into a functioning engine.
To recap, Hagerty’s Mini had a bit of a smoking problem, and one that couldn’t be solved by taxes, warning labels and education. When Redline Rebuild host Davin pulled the A-series apart, he discovered the cause – some deep gouges in the block where combustion had been doing a Shawshank Redemption between the cylinder walls and headgasket.
Thankfully, the local machine shop made light work of the damaged parts, and after a coat of paint to finish it off, all the biggest components were looking a great deal healthier.
In this episode, Davin begins the rebuild process, though with a few incorrect components on the bench, we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the reciprocating parts come together. A well-built A-series is a fine thing however, so we can’t wait to see it back in the car.
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