This blog is primarily a technical blog. For the last two days, I have been doing a different type of tech. Low-aircooled-tech :) I am in the process of fitting a “new” engine into my VW camper. This engine used to be a water pump in the Swiss Army.
For the past eight months (on my evenings and weekend, I have been teaching myself how to fix metal-work, refurbish parts, paint, dis-assembly, and now re-assembly.
Gordon, is the local VW expert, and very kindly came over to assist with engine fitting. Things did not go to plan. I was shown how to take heads off, replace valve springs, replace and re-shim a fly-wheel, and start to re-assemble the engine.
Time was “spent” buying gaskets, high-tensile-bolts, and push-rod-tubes. We couldn’t get the bottom crank-shaft-pulley off. But eventually (after heating the whole thing up), it budged. Then time ran out……
I wished we had accomplished more.
**BUT **we have accomplished loads :) I am learning loads from someone who knows their stuff.
This morning I have been respraying the engine bay, and preparing for re-assembling the tin-ware.
My workshop worked well. The tools were where they should be, and the dis-assembled spares were where I put them, correctly labelled.
When you have a team of two, you both have got to be organised, pull your weight, and get-on-with-it.
There is a lot of talk about team-dynamics, But the whole thing starts with** individuals** being organised, and getting their stuff together.