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|…Our cylinder head on the galley counter…
We are not in Block Island, Toto, nor is this Kansas! We are in Rock Hall, MD with our engine block torn off of our diesel engine. Yes, we are doing our own rebuild as we try to solve the problem with our engine tapping, overheating, and the loss of horsepower.
After doing the easy items like fuel fittings and line inspection as well as a full cooling system rebuild, we are now into the engine block and the engine head. We are looking at the valves, push rods, rocker arms and valve springs.
Yesterday we removed the cylinder head, which requires you to…
- Drain all coolant
- Drain all sea water
- ..Exhaust mixing elbow
- ..Heat exchanger
- ..Intake manifold and fuel lines
- ..Fuel Injectors and fuel pipes
- ..Coolant water pump
- ..Thermostat and all coolant hoses
- ..Valve cover
- ..Valve rocker arm assembly and pushrods
- ..14 head bolts using a breaker bar and hammer to loosen these
- ..FINALLY, remove the cylinder head
- …..Take to Chris Oliver diesel mechanic for rebuild
|Our engine torn down
With the cylinder head removed, we can now take it to a machine shop and have the valves re-seated and new valves and new springs installed. After that, we will reverse the above steps and reassemble the engine and see if it runs any better! If it does not run better at that point, it looks like we could need a new engine!
|Sherry, Paul and Hayden at the Monument
The highlight of this job has been our July 4th celebration with cousins in Washington DC on the National Mall. Their family & friends have been enjoying the fireworks at the base of the Washington Monument for 20 years. Sherry and Paul organize this event, complete with a massive tailgate party at the Pentagon.
|The Washington Monument
After the tailgate, we walked the 2.5 miles from the Pentagon parking lot, over the Memorial Bridge to the Lincoln Memorial and around the park and up the hill to the Washington Monument. There we all set up chairs and blankets and enjoyed the bands, various games and, most of all, each other. There is nothing like visiting family and spending time together with the ones you grew up with, the ones you LOVE. Thank you, Sherri and Paul and Diane and Tim for a wonderful visit and a fantastic and memorable Fourth of July!
|Boat buddy Ken at the cookout
Returning back to Rock Hall, we were then guests of our new sailing and boating friend, Ken, who invited us to his condo cookout which we shared with Ken’s wonderful family. It was a beautiful picnic with about 50+ people enjoying the lovely day and then the massive Rock Hall Fireworks with patriotic music. Ken has a beautiful 3 story condo on the harbor and we enjoyed the fireworks from his rooftop balcony as the fireworks reflected of the harbor waters below. What a fun time. Thank you, Ken!
|Hayden and Radeen 4th of July in DC
Happy 4th of July to everyone, we hope you are healthy, happy and doing well. We will keep working on the motor.
|Wonderful family visit, Paul, Radeen, Allison, Brea and Ben
|Walking past the Lincoln Memorial
|Shopping with Sherry, Radeen and Diane, Love Love Love
|The Rock Hall, MD fireworks over the harbor from Ken’s rooftop deck
|Step one, remove the exhaust mixing elbow.
This will be replaced. These clog up. It was cleaned 3 years ago.
|Step two, remove the heat exchanger. Oops, it hits the wall! Now what?
The threaded rods in the head will un-thread and then it could come out.
|Step three, dump all engine parts in the kitchen sink!
|Sort out and inspect all engine parts on the galley counter…NOT fun
|Head bolts are really TIGHT….use a breaker bar (pipe) for more leverage
|We broke off NO head bolts, lucky us, now off with the head!
|Here is another fun family photo with Hayden’s Dad and Peg for his recent 80th Birthday celebration
We know engine work is not as exciting and beautiful as sailing photos, but this is all part of the cruising adventure. We are just so glad to be at our home dock….
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