A new set of stainless steel hose clamps came yesterday so I was able to fill the cooling system on the Rolls-Royce 20/25 engine I've been rebuilding. This morning there were no leaks and that's always a good sign, then the new spark plugs turned up so there was nothing it but to try starting it up. I'd already hand cranked it with the plugs out for ages to try and get oil up into the crankshaft so I turned on the fuel, set the choke, throttle & ignition controls, switched on the ignition and pushed the starter. It turned over 4 times and then it fired, all cylinders, all good. Looking at the pistons reminds me of all the work that has gone into this rebuild. The list includes: 1 new liner in the block, bored out to 0.040", top skimmed; new pistons, small end bushings, new white metal big-ends; crankshaft cleaned out, rod journals polished, sludge trap end caps all replaced; crankshaft damper completely overhauled & built to factory settings; new cylinder head studs, nuts, washers; cylinder head de-coked; rocker shaft fitted correctly, rockers dressed; water pump rebuilt with new shaft & seals; all new aluminium sealing washers, lock tab washers, split pins, etc..
I've put a fire up video on my YouTube channel, you can access that through the link on my home page.