<VV> Cylinder head on 1965 Monza 110

Ron ronh at owt.com
Fri Jul 7 22:05:46 EDT 2006

Fine, but why did the rings break?  If the ring grooves are worn too much, 
the new rings will only break sooner.  I had new rings on old pistons break 
up almost immediately.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Clark Hartzel" <chartzel at comcast.net>
To: "Virtual Vairs" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 5:26 PM
Subject: <VV> Cylinder head on 1965 Monza 110

> I'm sure a bunch of you are wondering if you can remove the RH cylinder 
> head
> from the engine without dropping the engine down or taking it out of the
> car.  The answer is yes, I did it today!
> My engine had a bad blowby problem.  I took a compression test, which
> confirmed all the cylinders were good except #3.  It had 60 pounds
> compression.  The spark plug looked OK so it was firing but most of the
> compression was going into the crankcase and up the breather and up the
> dipstick tube.
> I took the exhaust system off and all the sheet metal off the RH side.  I
> removed all the screws on the RH side of the turkey roaster, but left the
> turkey roaster in place.  I removed the coil so I could pry the tin piece
> off the stud that holds the coil on.  I removed the RH carb and the tall
> stud.  I noticed the tops of the spark plugs were above the bottom of the
> turkey roaster so they came out also.  The only other hangup was the choke
> coil rod.  Holding the hollow rod down to clear the sheet metal, I was 
> able
> to slide the head off.  I then pulled the barrel off cylinder #3.  Sure
> enough, there were broken rings on the piston.
> The piston and barrel looked fine so I just installed new rings on the
> existing piston and popped the barrel back on backwards from the normal 
> way
> you would do it.  The head (with new gaskets)slid back on and is now 
> torqued
> down.  Tomorrow I put the valve train back on and button things up. 
> Should
> have it running tomorrow night and will drive it to the national 
> convention
> in a few weeks.
> The job sure was easier not having to take the engine out or drop it down 
> in
> the back.  I did luck out in the fact that the head came right off the
> cylinders without prying or busting fins!
> Also lucked out as the head nuts/rocker studs came off and back on without
> pulling any block studs out!  A good day for sure!
> Clark Hartzel
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