With the engine in place it’s clear that there’s quite a bit of work to do before everything fits properly. We installed the Thor V8 with most of its ancillaries in place. Now I am removing parts that prevent the bonnet from shutting.
- The throttle body mounting had to go. That required the removal of the entire top end of the inlet manifold – the part that looks like a bunch of bananas. I will be replacing the original single 68mm throttle body with two 48mm Jenvey units.
- The coil packs were already partially removed. Those may have to be repositioned, or I could just relocate the cabin air intake.
- Mounting lugs on the top of the manifold are too high, so it’s the hacksaw for them.
There are now two more serious problems to fix. The inlet/outlet position on the aircon compressor is too high and will only get higher with its pipes attached. Perhaps there is a variant of the part that has a different pipe configuration?
Although I won’t be keeping the steering pump, I would prefer it not to be acting as an engine mount. When I can clear the engine steady bracket, I will gain another 10 mm of extra bonnet clearance.
For some light relief while I had the inlet manifold off the car I started trying to get a polished finish like the show engine that was shown a few posts ago.