Category Archives: Engine

Valve Cover Gasket Quandary

Since the E-1 engine is closely related (a licensed copy, essentially) to early British MG four-cylinder engines, I had heard and assumed to be true that a valve cover gasket from an early 1960s MG would fit. Based on this … Continue reading

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Engine Turns Over!

This morning I confirmed that the old E-1 engine in my truck does turn freely, which is a good start toward the possibility that it will run.  When I bought this truck, it had been sitting for many years, with … Continue reading

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Valve Cover Paint & Head Prep

I also spent some time this morning painting the valve cover and inspection plates, and also preparing the engine to receive new gaskets so I can reinstall those parts. Last night I removed, cleaned, and primed the valve cover and … Continue reading

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Valve Cover Prep & Prime

This afternoon I spent some time cleaning up the E-1 engine’s valve cover, which was grimy and also needs a fresh coat of paint. As far as I can tell, the early (1960-1963) 320 valve covers were connected to the … Continue reading

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Engine Scrubbing–Electrical/Ignition Side

This afternoon I spent more time scrubbing the engine on the passenger side where the generator, distributor, spark plugs, and oil filter are located. I did this in phases in between removing the heater hoses and the generator. The engine … Continue reading

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British Engine Gaskets

In addition to the J13 Engine Gasket Set I ordered, I also ordered some gaskets from Moss Motors for the British B-series engine, found on the MGA and MGBs. Early Datsuns were produced with a licensed version of the B-series … Continue reading

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J13 Engine Gasket Set

I ordered a full J13 engine gasket set from RockAuto and it arrived this week.  The 1.3 liter J13 engine came in the later 520 and 521 trucks and 411 cars from 1965-1969, but I expect that many/most of the … Continue reading

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Engine Scrubbing–Fuel/Air Side

After pulling the intake/exhaust manifold from the engine I spent some time cleaning the engine block on that newly accessible side. It was definitely pretty cruddy with 50+ years of engine and road grime. I used some Simple Green, which … Continue reading

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Intake/Exhaust Manifold Removal

I spent most of today removing the intake and exhaust manifolds from the engine. Here is a shot of the intake manifold as it sits on top of the exhaust manifold. The light blue shop towels are still in place … Continue reading

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Engine Bay Clean-Up

The final thing I did today was to clean up some of the areas in the engine bay that have been exposed as a result of removing pieces to clean-up, paint, repair, and/or replace. The timing chain cover, now accessible … Continue reading

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