Collected Balanced Engine

It was a heavy and awkward lift. Nothing to big Nick!

I went to my local Triumph Specialist ( – tell them Chris Barns sent you) to collect my engine after its umpteenth rebuild. After much entertaining chat and pontificating, including a discussion about how I might be better off with a 1300 crank (which would be against the rules and also a very unusual form of cheating) we loaded the engine into the boot of Hayley’s Yarris and I came home.
The engine had gone in for a rebuild after the last time I had the sump off had been shortly followed by a grinding noise as the engine ran. Only obvious sign of damage was on the front main bearing (not the camshaft as I had diagnosed) which was quite heavily marked.
For safety’s sake a new crank had been sourced, reground and balanced and we agreed a new (lower) rev limit and to try a different oil.
Only problem was when I got home. Although I’ve lifted the engine in the past it was only in a very uncontrolled manner – not ideal when trying to lift it over the lip (which seemed suddenly much bigger than when I’m lifting shopping out of it!) of someone else’s car.
A big man was what I needed and a big man I called. Nick is a former county prop forward and just the ticket.

About Shoestring

I just an ordinary guy with a busy job trying to compete in motorsport. I like to make things difficult for myself by living far away from most of the venues, using a car known to have "issues" and living in the cobble-streeted heart of a Cathedral city and therefore having no room to store a trailer or a van. This means that I have to drive to every event. Or get creative with hire vans...
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