Installing The Engine #902

The engine on John Thornton's race car is a high performance, short life 1600cc 912 engine characterized by 12.5:1 compression, light weight components, double valve springs and a special exhaust. Every 25 to 50 hours of use requires that the engine be 'freshened'. This is a pure race car. It is not licensed for the road nor would it be fun to drive there. It is too stiffly sprung, too hard to get into and out of and too noisy. But what it does, it does very well. I hang around John and his car regularly. Other coverage can be seen here:

And more coverage of CSRG races, the group with which he races.

After the engine refresh was finished, I took my motorcycle jack to the car and John and I put the engine back into the race car. It was a chance to see the engine with much of the sheet metal removed so you can see what's inside.
040214-5156 This first engine refresh worked mostly on the heads.
040214-5159 Light weight flywheel.
040214-5160 Ceramic coated headers held on with copper nuts.
040214-5162 This cover is installed where the oil cooler normally is fitted. 902 has an external oil cooler mounted in the left front fender.
040214-5163 Both left and right heads have tubes connected to the vents on the heads.
040214-5164 Oil temperature and pressure senders have banana plug jacks designed to be replaced and tested quickly and securely.
040214-5165 Below the hole for the distributor normally is the mechanical fuel pump. 902 has that covered, but with another crank case ventilation hose.
040214-5167 Special crank pulley with timing marks.
040214-5172 New spark plug wires.
040214-5174 The engine was quickly installed. Here you can see the heavily reinforced Bursch headers.
Last modified: Sat, 14 Feb 2004


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