Well it’s finally back together.
It took almost forever for the pistons to appear and even longer for the custom cosmetic head gaskets. The bits were finally on deck in late late October and the engine was complete first week of November.
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A gentle run in on the dyno and then home at last.
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Then the roadblock that is life got in the way. So bit by bit stuff got done until it was ready to test fire on Christmas Day.
Always a nervous time but there were no fuel leaks and nothing caught fire when I keyed power on. It even started first time which I can’t recall ever happening to me. It’s survived a few shakedown runs but of all the weird problems it’s now developed a starter disengagement issue. Hopefully that and a minor bonnet clearance issue will get sorted when I have some time.