Off With Its Head!

Well… it does not take much time to tear apart a Miata engine once it’s out of the car! I removed the head from the block today, as well as the oil pan and water pump. The head is quite clean in my opinion, and the cylinder bores still show the factory cross-hatching. Impressive! I may be able to get away with just honing as far as the block is concerned. The head will get rebuilt for sure.

The water pump has definitely been the source of the ruckus under the hood and coolant leaks that forced me into this project. Turning the pulley revealed the bearings to be very sluggish. The Formula One Australian Grand Prix is about to start so I will leave you with some pictures…


~ by ddmotorsports on March 18, 2012.

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