RV "Major Tune-up"
Our Toyoya SunRader RV at the Eddie Brown Memorial Metal Match last year.
It's been an interesting week ,and it's still not over. Last weekend our Toyota Sunrader RV engine started running poorly and rattling, and we were just barely able to limp our way home from the KRRC Steel match in Bremerton. I've been working on the engine at night all week, and with the rattle, compression being down just a little on two cylinders, and not idling properly even after checking the regular stuff, I decided to pull the engine and go through it completely.
The engine now has new rings, bearings, clutch plate and pressure plate, timing chain, timing chain guides, and timing chain tensioner. I also replaced the pilot bearing and throwout bearing. The valves and seats are reground and the valves are lapped in with new valve stem seals. The block, originally unpainted and rusty brown, now sports a shiny gray paint job. While I had the head apart I ported it a bit, matching all the intake and exhaust ports to the gasket and manifold.The engine is now ready to go back in.
If all goes well, I should have the engine back in today and fire it up. I wasn't really happy with the carburetor before the rebuild, and even though I cleaned it and everything looked OK, a new carb may be in the engine's near future.
Of course there's no pressure to get this done, as I have to be on the road to Portland for the Man of Steel Championships next Friday morning early! I sure hope there's no surprises when it fires up, but you never know until you light it up. I will still need to get several hundred miles on it and change the oil and filter before we leave for Oregon.
I was planning on working on my shooting, and practicing every day this week, in preparation for the Man of Steel match. It looks like I'll be lucky if I can just stay awake through the match.............