Will started on the engine with a manual in one hand and a spanner in the other and managed to disassemble the intake and exhaust manifolds and the rocker arm assembly in order to remove the cylinder head. With the head removed and the cylinders and pistons exposed we had three independent mechanics assess the condition of the engine. All three found the interior of the engine to be in good condition and suggested that the problem was somewhere else. On removal of the gearbox and bell housing we found that the springs on the drive plate had disintegrated and became lodged between the fly wheel and the bell housing causing the engine to be jammed. We removed the broken springs the engine was free to turn - relief!
We managed to find a new drive plate as well as a couple of gaskets in the States which Ken was kind enough to bring down for us. To celebrate Ken's arrival in Trinidad (as well as the arrival of our engine parts!) we all met up at PowerBoats for a fantastic lunch at Sails restaurant. For further celebrations we headed to the Amazon Lodge where, as usual, we were marvellously spoilt by Peter and Louise. Thank you to the two of them for the incredible help they have given us over the last few weeks!
Will spent the rest of the week helping Ken on yacht Semira, hanging out and eating plenty of doubles. Thanks Ken for a great week and a huge thank you for bringing down our engine parts! We hope to see you again later in the year.
With the working week behind us we cleaned the engine, I painted the gear box and the bell housing and Will started putting the engine back together again. Everything was going smoothly until we used a faulty torque wrench and snapped a head bolt in the engine. Luckily we managed to remove it easily and could find new bolts and decided to replace all the bolts with new ones and use a different wrench. After countless hours of hard work, especially on Will's side, we had a running engine! We immediately went for a test run around Gaspery Island and everything is running smoothly.
HAPPY HAPPY DAYS WE'RE ON THE MOVE!!!