CAFÉ RACER GT500
Engine work begins.
If you aren’t doing the spannering yourself then labour is going to be a substantial part of your bill. On this engine Pete O’dell spent more than three hours wrestling the barrels off the corroded studs. That adds sustainably to the stripdown costs but there’s inevitably an element of uncertainty about rebuilding decades-old engines. Almost anyone should be able to strip an engine but the question is not so much ‘can’ as ‘how’. Knowing when to apply force or not, having access to the correct tools and pullers, a clean working area and storage containers... all this and more dictate the veracity of an engine rebuild. Of course, we all have to start somewhere and learn but it is genuinely possible to raise your rebuild costs simply by charging in. If in doubt ask or buy in expertise.