With a new 2.0 litre camshaft, followers and a tin of high temperature exhaust paint in hand, we set to work!  The apprentice got to work dismantling the carb and manifolds for a bit of a tidy up.

apprentice with carburettor

ralph looking at carburettor

carburettor removed from manifold

Some elbow grease and a wire brush later, and the exhaust manifold and rocker cover were treated to a nice couple of coats of high temperature exhaust paint – lets hope it holds!

painted cover and manifold

Back to me, the daunting task of assembling the new camshaft.  Let me tell you, assembly lube has a very unique smell (something like diesel mixed with old Chinese food) – not nice when it stays up your nostrils.

lubed camshaft

I tried to insert the camshaft the wrong way wrong, so then got covered in camlube trying to put it in from the correct end…

inserting lubed camshaft

Installing the cam followers and retaining spring clips was interesting as well, with the Haynes manual lacking detail.  Thankfully I had a 2.0l head to look at, so got the hang of it in the end.  Undoing the ballpins meant not only could I get the followers to fit under the camshaft, but I could clean the bolt threads and also roughly set the valve clearances.

camshaft in place

And finally, the oil spray bar was fitted (with a minor alteration to the bolt hole to get it to actually fit), and then the pulley and sprocket roughly fitted to keep them safe.  Did I mention the camshaft came without a woodruff key?  Not looking forward to taking it out of the old cam, I think I’ll go and buy a new one…

oil spray bar fitted

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