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> Top-End Rebuild on '76, Starting T-E rebuild on my 66k original miles '76
Gatornapper
post Aug 5 2022, 09:09 AM
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Dropped the engine yesterday and starting to pull things apart - but having internet problems uploading pics.

Putting in AA's new Cylinder Heads & 96mm P's & C's. Can't wait.

More pics when I can get uploading to work - downloading is fine....

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post Aug 5 2022, 09:21 AM
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Congratulations! Nothing is more satisfying than to do these types of jobs and hear it run. Take your time, cleanliness is everything. Take some video as well!
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post Aug 5 2022, 09:30 AM
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The old coot is at it again!!

Keep us updated and good for you. I am envious as to this old coot is still working 60 hours/wk.
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post Aug 5 2022, 09:33 AM
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Thanks guys - major problems with upload speeds - can't upload pics.

Seeing if this one works......

What looks like big scar from my chin down neck is non-existent - no idea what caused it in pic......weird for sure.

Yeah, 77 is old coot for sure.

Nope. Pic doesn't work.

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The old coot is at it again!!

Keep us updated and good for you. I am envious as to this old coot is still working 60 hours/wk.
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post Aug 5 2022, 09:41 AM
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I'm sure at least a few of us were thinking the large scar told the story behind GN

Lucky you are still in the game. What is your plan for cyl heads?
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post Aug 5 2022, 02:39 PM
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post Aug 5 2022, 02:46 PM
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For any interested bikers - rotating from left of engine, clockwise:

2018 Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster w/Corbin seat
1972 Triumph Bonneville T120V, top-end rebuilt by moi, runs like new, starts on 1 kick hot or cold
1971 Triumph Trophy 500 T100C, all original, top-end rebuilt by moi, runs like new, starts on 1 kick hot or cold
1997 HD Wide Glide, Stage II, totally custom built by moi, rebuilt engine, runs like new

Out of sight on right:

1974 Triumph Trident T150V, all original, almost museum condition, top-end rebuilt, runs like new, starts on 1 kick hot or cold

2009 HD CVO Road Glide.

2011 Cayman S
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post Aug 5 2022, 03:26 PM
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QUOTE(930cabman @ Aug 5 2022, 09:41 AM) *

I'm sure at least a few of us were thinking the large scar told the story behind GN

No idea where the scar in the pic came from - not natural, note how it goes up my neck into my chin with no break for natural curve - I do have a chin. See 2nd pic - no scar. Trying myself to figure where it came from - seems cam added it.


Full Gatornapper story is posted somewhere on 914world. Major US newspaper gave me that name. In 1965.


Lucky you are still in the game. What is your plan for cyl heads?
I believe my being here is all the grace of God. Should have died in 2009 from aortic valve failure. Plus a dozen times before that.. Pig valve good for 10 - 15 years is almost like new at 13 years.......oink, oink.

See first words of first post - AA for new heads.

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post Aug 5 2022, 04:06 PM
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Gattornapper,

May I ask what heads did you decide to use and where did you get them? AA or FAT? Your previous thread got me checking the various sources that people mentioned. Thanks.
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Mike -

See first post - AutoAtlanta heads. Ordering Monday.

Some info put clouds over the expensive FAT heads, so not taking that extra risk for the extra $$$. For my everyday driving, I'm pretty sure I'll be happy with the AA heads with a main focus on just keeping them cool.

My engine has stayed nice and cool since I put the new Tangerine T-stat & cleaned everything up 3 years ago.

I think the FAT heads are the same as AA only machined more & machined for the larger valves.

GN

PS: Lived in Orlando & Gainesville many years ago - father from Gainesville, my grandad built 4 houses at 924 SE 4th Ave. in the 1930's. They are still there.

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Gattornapper,

May I ask what heads did you decide to use and where did you get them? AA or FAT? Your previous thread got me checking the various sources that people mentioned. Thanks.
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post Aug 5 2022, 07:19 PM
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Little bit of progress tonight after good rain cooled things down into the 70's........

Next is good soda-blasting of engine & tranny cases.......Monday or Tuesday maybe.....

Question for the experts: Do those heads look original for a 2.0 with 66k miles on it? They look to me like they might be replacements......

Going to thoroughly check them out before ordering the new ones.....If I don't see any cracks or defects, I may take them to machine shop that knows these heads to see what they think. Or a really good 914 mechanic I know.......

GN

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3 years and 5,000 miles ago this engine and tranny had been soda-blasted and were nice and clean.

What you see is the result of my living 1/2 mile from a paved road, my drive running mostly through a neighbors property. It's neither gravel nor paved - semi-paved in used-asphalt millings, which, when put down and driven on for s few months was almost like asphalt. 7 years later, no more. Still, it's much better than gravel.

I can clean my engine and bay to spit-polish clean - and one drive up my drive covers the engine in dust - especially in dry summer.

I have new engine bay seals but they don't seem to help much. Wish I could almost hermetically seal the engine bay so all air comes in top - but guess what? Even then the dusty air coming in the top on a dry summer day comes off the tires into the engine bay.

I'd love it if a genius out there could find a solution for me.

GN
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post Aug 6 2022, 07:46 AM
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QUOTE(Gatornapper @ Aug 5 2022, 06:28 PM) *



See first post - AutoAtlanta heads. Ordering Monday.

GN



Just for clarity.

AA Performance Products is the supplier of the Chinese 2.0L head castings and assemblies. AA performance products is in CA. No relation to Automobile Atlanta in GA as far as I know.

Automobile Atlanta (and others) are distributing those AA Performance products heads.

Doesn't really amount to much - just wanted to be sure you know where they are sourced from regardless of who is distributing them. As I posted previously I have a set of HAM heads built off that casting and I have no reservations about the quality of the head casting based on what I've seen.

If I'm mistaken, I'm sure someone will correct me.
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post Aug 6 2022, 06:26 PM
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Thanks for the clarification. My bad. I was using AA for Auto Atlanta, as many here do, I knew nothing of AA Performance Parts.

Glad to hear the heads are sound.

GN

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See first post - AutoAtlanta heads. Ordering Monday.

GN



Just for clarity.

AA Performance Products is the supplier of the Chinese 2.0L head castings and assemblies. AA performance products is in CA. No relation to Automobile Atlanta in GA as far as I know.

Automobile Atlanta (and others) are distributing those AA Performance products heads.

Doesn't really amount to much - just wanted to be sure you know where they are sourced from regardless of who is distributing them. As I posted previously I have a set of HAM heads built off that casting and I have no reservations about the quality of the head casting based on what I've seen.

If I'm mistaken, I'm sure someone will correct me.

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