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Sorting the wiring harness

The wiring harness was looking worse for wear so it needed fixing up before installing.

A few nasty burn marks and melted shield:

Broken boots:

... and exposed wires!

I found some silicon Temptape from Car Builder Solutions that looked like it would do the trick of sorting out the wiring loom without needed a complete remake.

After giving the harness a good wipe end to end, it was a matter of covering every nasty spot with Temptape.

All in all a good result!
I then needed to extend the wiring for the throttle position sensor - so snip snip...
 ...join, extend and wrap...

...attach the sensor plug connector...

and cover it in Temptape.

Job done.

Exhaust manifolds - it's a wrap!

The exhaust manifolds on the S cars are quite different to the 8v. As I'm fitting the later versions I wanted to cover them in heat wrap before installing.

After soaking the heat wrap in water, it was simply a matter of winding it around the manifolds - I used a 5m length for each.

The ends are secured with stainless steel ties - I found using a vice grip made it easier to tighten them up.

Not the prettiest looking stuff but the idea is to keep engine temperatures down as much as possible - plus it's something I wanted to do....

Getting the manifolds in place proved to be impossible until I lifted the right hand side of the engine with an engine hoist - so it tipped towards the opposite side of the car. Loosen the engine mount bolts on the right hand side! I attached the engine hoist loop from the alternator bracket using the threaded hole for the water return rail.

Remove all the engine studs also using the double bolt method as it makes moving the manifolds around much easier…

Alternator refresh and install.

The alternator had been rebuilt not long ago but it was in need of a refresh cosmetically before going into that nice clean engine bay. So I gave it a degunk, and wire brushing before applying a coat of high temp aluminium spray paint...

But before fitting it into the engine bay it was attached to it's nice freshly powdered alternator bracket!

Then, and only then, did it seem right to fit it!

It's looking good in there!

New engine in!

This is the most exciting bit so far - finally dropping in the engine. It's a Milestone celebrated with some champagne!

With the engine on the hoist, it was time to do the final prep in the bay - I removed the radiator to make a little extra space, and decided that things would be so much easier with the bonnet off too - an extra pair of hands made that a simple task (I marked it's position for ease of reassembly)...the underside of the hood needs some attention so it's much easier to do that with it off.
The new clutch friction plate was inserted into the bell housing after giving the lightened pressure plate one last clean with brake cleaner:

The new hydraulic engine mounts were next - interestingly the holes for the engine mount bolts are threaded so there's no need for fitting the fiddly nuts underneath...

I secured the rerouted wiring harness so as to avoid any damage from the nicely cleaned engine mount brackets - clean parts rule!
In hindsight at this point I sh…

New belts, rollers and tensioners - and colourful pulleys!

It seems like the end is insight now with the front end rebuilt and refreshed!

After resealing the balance shafts the next task was to fit the new rollers and belts. Firstly all the new rollers were easily bolted up and torqued down. I sourced most of the parts from GSF.

First order of the day was to refit the crankshaft gear - I bagan by heating it on the oven to make it expand so it would slip over the crankshaft easier:

Be sure to fit the splined insert correctly or the washer and gear won't sit flush with the oil pump, then gently tap the key back into the recess on the crankshaft. I smoothed mine of with a small file to remove the burs.

Remove the gear from the oven and slide to onto the crankshaft - a little lube helps this fitting process too.

With the crankshaft gear fitted the rest goes on fairly straightforward.

I'd had the tensioner media blasted and refreshed with some high temp paint - looks a darn sight better than the rusty thing it was before! It works well too…

New Main Seals, Pilot Bearing replacement and Oil Pump

When I removed the bell housing on this engine, there was evidence of a leak from the rear main seal.
To gain access it's necessary to remove the flywheel first:

Which I sent off to have lightened and balanced along with the pressure plate. With the flywheel removed you get access to the rear of the crankshaft with the main seal and pilot bearing into which the drive shaft is inserted.

There's a small rectangular recess at the bottom of the seal below the crankshaft - there was oil in there which lead me to believe that's where the leak was originating from. Reading various sources about rear main seal leaks and fitting replacements, it appears to me that the reason this particular one was leaking was because the seal it's self wasn't seated against the machined surface behind it, leaving a small gap for oil to escape from, primarily from the small rectangular hole. That's my theory. 
Anyway I decided I would remove it and replace it, inserting it so as to ensu…