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Sealed Engines

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2021 1:18 pm
by Martin Kemp
At Brands Hatch the scrutineers sealed the engines of the top 4 in the championship which at that time included Andrew.
Unfortunately we had just found that the engine had lost compression on one cylinder and so Andrew had to race like that at Mallory.
Does anyone know what the procedure is from here. We have heard nothing about what happens next and we cannot do anything to the engine because it is still sealed,

Martin

Re: Sealed Engines

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:31 pm
by pbove
Martin Kemp wrote:At Brands Hatch the scrutineers sealed the engines of the top 4 in the championship which at that time included Andrew.
Unfortunately we had just found that the engine had lost compression on one cylinder and so Andrew had to race like that at Mallory.
Does anyone know what the procedure is from here. We have heard nothing about what happens next and we cannot do anything to the engine because it is still sealed,

Martin

Hi Martin,

You need to contact Bob Blackmore who will arrange to inspect the engine - PM me for his contact details....

Re: Sealed Engines

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2021 3:58 pm
by Martin Kemp
Thanks Peter, we have been afraid to go anywhere near the engine in case we accidentally damage the seals,

Martin

Re: Sealed Engines

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2021 4:18 pm
by pbove
Yep, I discovered that the seals meant it was really really hard to get the exhaust off - I ended up having to pass the sealing wire between two of the primaries that touch each other...... that was a sweaty moment!

Re: Sealed Engines

PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:18 pm
by Martin Kemp
The Merlin is locked away in a remote and secret location - possibly a bit extreme,

Martin

Re: Sealed Engines

PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2021 10:24 am
by suebmick
We contacted Bob Blackmore a few weeks ago & he told us that we were not going to be "needed". But after the official email just after Brands we've had no notification to say we can take the seals off & get on with the winter stripdown. If I hadn't messaged him, we'd still be none the wiser!
Sue

Re: Sealed Engines

PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:44 pm
by Martin Kemp
I have corresponded with Bob Blackmore now.
He thought we had a twin cam with hydraulic lifters. However when I explained that the Merlin had lost compression on no 8 cylinder, he said he won't need to see the engine now.

Usually it seems that if you haven't been contacted after 30 days then you are free to remove the seals

Martin