Done With The Cylinder Block

Daihatsu CB23 Engine Cylinder Block

I had finished overhauling the CB23 Cylinder Block. The crankshaft replaced because the number one journal was totally beyond repair. Also replaced were the journal bearings, pistons and its associated pins and rings.

Actually I had dismantled the engine  early last year. I wanted to check on its condition and to replace whatever if there was a need to. In the end, I just replaced the timing belt, water pump and did some cleaning. I noticed that the gear (not metal) attached to the balance shaft and sump pump had been replaced with scrap item. It had that distinctive traditional red marking that is common in Singapore and Malaysia scrap yards. The engine seemed good, I could travel long distances without any problem. Then, about five months later, the engine just died with a burning smell. On inspection, I found that there was no engine oil coming to the engine head block.

Again I dismantled the engine. What I saw was quite surprising, the gear attached to the balance shaft and driving the sump pump had turned coal-black. All the teeth gone. I contemplated about replacing the cylinder block. Since I need transport to go looking for one and to bring it back, I blew compressed air on any hole I could find, replaced the gear and reassemble the engine. The engine did not sound good. There was constant knocking sounds coming from the inside of the engine but the car was still driveable. And once my tolerance limit breached, I put the car aside.

Maybe I am behind time. The cost of the Daihatsu CB23 engine not including gearbox nowadays is more than RM1000. No go, so plan B. Like it or not, I have to repair it and the repair work is now done. Later tonight  I shall be putting the cylinder block back to where it belongs.

Finally…at Long Last

Charade G200 engine bay with the CB23 engine removed.

At last, I had plucked enough courage to overcome the procrastination that had been haunting me, jaja. Hesitation is an uphill battle but enough is enough, I need the car for mobility especially in the hours where public transport is not available.

The crank shaft needs to be machined for new connecting rod sleeve bearings. The pistons and rings in this instance will be replaced too. Hmm, it’s quite tantalising at the moment to have the ports and pistons polished just so I can get a half second advantage at SIC…just drooling here. Power doesn’t come free, fuel consumption will go up. Then again, it is better to grind the valves.

How Differential Gear Works

Ever tried reading, watching and listening to understand the working principles about something only to find that you only had a subliminal grasp of it and just be happy with it and move along? You’ll be hard pressed to explain it in your own words and ultimately you resort to memorise the text wholly. Differential Gear is one of the hard to grasp principles.

It’s pretty amazing how an eighty-year-old ancient documentary explained it simply and in a clear manner getting the message through in less than ten minutes. So very informative that it got lots of praises and still counting. If you need to have a clear and precise understanding of  how differential gear works, then have a look at this;

Heard it often, Don’t know what, until…

I occasionally heard this rhythmic booming sound at night wondering what was it. It was like the booming sound you hear from those cool dudes passing you by in their cool cars.

Few days ago, I came across a video in youtube about a dance move accompanied by a certain kind of music. I then had a look at a few other videos of it’s kind. Nice…cool…a good form of exercise too. At that moment I totally forgot about the sound that I occasionally heard at night.

A few minutes ago, I heard that same sound again. This time it really rings my bell. Jajaja. Jumpstyle or it’s variation, Hardjump, here it is;

My Pictures are not Sharp

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

One of the habits that I had when covering a wedding or a function was to give a quick snap so that I could capture the spontaneity in all it’s nature. No need to focus, just set it wide and the distance and it will be in focus thanks to depth-of-field. But with the camera that I’m having now, I need to change. Auto focus needs time. Also one other thing that I came to realise is that in manual focus mode even though I can set it to wide, I cannot see the DOF distance covered, no marking…well…no regret, at least I still have the toy. (Found out later that this is the norm with most if not all the camera of this type, no marking. Even on the AF lenses of the DSLR very few have the DOF mark on it.)

I had thought of a way to overcome the problem as first step. I need to get myself an assignment, a macro photography assignment. Whatever subject. It could be in or around the house, though I have flowers and insects in mind. Let see.

But first thing first, I need to repair the car. It hasn’t move for months. I don’t blame myself, it’s the procrastination. It’s a heavy job to bring the engine down alone with minimal tools.

Anyway, it’s time to save for that body. For now, I can only drool.