Well, I managed it!
After collecting parts since last May, I finally finished rebuilding my 2000 TC's engine on April 1st 2012.
I've tweaked the spec, so it's not standard, but will be a lot better suited to modern fuel and traffic conditions.
Enjoy the juicy pics!
This was the engine bay at its lowest ebb. I left the block in place for the entire rebuild and found that there was more than enough room to work on it from all sides. I didn't have to jack the car once. I took the ventilation box out for an overhaul, and it now melts your feet - the motor is virtually silent and much more powerful! I also adjusted the steering box and replenished the oil.
I deglazed bores, overhauled the aux drive housing, starter, alternator, fitted a recon water pump, a brand new distributor with bespoke advance curve, changed the chains, and fitted new sideplates. Before that, I'd scraped all the undershield off the engine bay, primed it in red oxide and given it two coats of high impact high gloss black. Lovely!! Exhaust was painted in bomb-proof heat paint. Here it is last week in a mostly-assembled state.
Huge public thanks go to Kev Watkiss (hermione149) for supplying the new pistons. They are 9:1 CR units from an SC, which will be far more receptive to modern, lower octane fuel. New Cords rings went on at the same time with plenty of oil!
The bottom-end bearings were also replaced.
"Take care to keep all components scrupulously clean when reassembling the engine" - Rover 2000 workshop manual
I think I took this statement to certifiably compulsive levels....!!
Here's the head, which was given a thorough working over by Clive Annable. It has new exhaust valves, unleaded seats, coil inserts in the plug threads, has been skimmed, shimmed and had a bucket tappet replaced.
Here is the head back in place with the valve timing set up and the manifolds back in place. New seals, washers and gaskets have been fitted throughout the engine. Only rear oil seal and gallery stud couldn't be changed, as they're inside the bell-housing and I'm waiting till I do the clutch for that.
After the running-in period, I'm going to paint the tops of the inner wings in the same gloss black and put new stickers on.
The final little project is to sort out air filter setup - I'm going to make up a little plenum chamber for that. The carbs are the HIF6s that I put on last year.
Doesn't look bad, does it? All I need to do now is drive it!