16 May 2012 at 18:27 #49108

    Finally, access to the engine, after a difficult day!

    Engine very oily and rust parts here and there as expected, but a good feeling to see this engine at last. Will post more later.


    16 May 2012 at 20:46 #49114

    A few more pictures.

    Attached files

    17 May 2012 at 09:13 #49116

    Hi Simon, doesn’t look too bad in there, at least it’s been dry and sheltered. I guess you’re planning to remove the engine and rebuild then deal with the engine bay? You may need to put in new louvred sections – how do they look?

    17 May 2012 at 10:29 #49118

    Christian hi,

    When I get to this stage, will take out the engine/box and then work through the engine bay.

    I knew this question was coming, they look just like yours did, will post some pictures, hopefully later on today! You posted some excellent pictures on the forum of before and after, so I know where to come too for advice. They look rather tricky to make, and I anticipate a few goes to get them right as well.

    Best news, was once the bonnet release popped, the bonnet opened very easily. No need for any WD40, which was pleasant suprise, had expected more problems with hinges, but none!

    Bonnet insulation looks rather ropey of course.


    17 May 2012 at 11:07 #49120

    Hi Simon,

    Thanks for all the pictures! It is really great that you are sharing this adventure on the forum and that you are documenting it so meticulously. I wonder how long it will take before you will have the engine running and I wish you very good luck with it!


    17 May 2012 at 19:58 #49126

    A few more pictures of the engine and also the bonnet thermal lining and the louves which will need replacing to sides of engine bay.

    Not the wisest choice of material for the louves, mine are covered in an old thicky bitumun oily layer and rust…

    17 May 2012 at 21:36 #49128

    Interesting heat shield in c and d, mine doesn’t have that – where is it fixed? The louvres might not be too bad – hard to tell until the vermiculite is removed…

    18 May 2012 at 09:59 #49129

    Looks like a VERY non-standard bit of old asbestos board. I think I know what I might do with that – very carefully and wearing a mask. :

    18 May 2012 at 11:14 #49131

    Another example of the same heat shield on a 1963 car, see reference below :


    Clearly, there was a real problem with air circulation in the engine bay, which by early 1963 was already realized; and this heat guard was put in to stop various more fragile parts, such as fuse boxes, washer bottle etc, being cooked.

    I will be looking when I get to this stage for either having my radiator recored or an ally radiator, and an extra fan as well.

    I will have to remind myself to look how well the bulk head was thermally insulated when I get the engine and box out. I can imagine it is not too impressive in that department and it will get modern upgrades there.

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    18 May 2012 at 14:30 #49133

    Here is another example on a DB5, three cars with same feature….


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    18 May 2012 at 15:30 #49135

    Well, there is supposed to be a neatly finished insulation panel between cylinder head and washer bottle, attached to bottle frame as per DB5 photo, but not a big and crude substitute or addition!

    18 May 2012 at 18:01 #49137

    Great pictures. Do you know if the engine turns over, and are you going to try to get it started before dismantling?

    I’m currently restoring a Daimler Double Six which had been standing for seventeen years, and after some difficulties I got it running. The engine itself is in superb condition.

    21 May 2012 at 20:01 #49190

    Thank you all for your kind words and many points, greatly appreciated.

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