Saturday, September 4, 2010

327 - Fuel Injection Surgery - It's Not for the Squeamish

This is our patient, a 1963 360 hp fuel injected 327 engine. Recently we found unexpected minor issues with the assembly that prompted us to perform exploratory surgery to verify that other issues don't exist. If you're a car guy with a squeamish stomach you should turn away. What follows are graphic photos intended for seasoned car guys that are not put off by the sight of spilt oil, dis-assembly or component removal. These are the instruments used during the surgery. If you're going to look but not sure you have the stomach you may want to blur your eyes. This is your last chance to turn away.
Welcome to my work bench. These had to be removed so we could look deep into the bowels of our 1963 fuel injected motor.
The fuel injection assembly was removed, put on a bench, then stood on end exposing it's underside. The brass eight legged assembly you see is the "spider".
The spider delivers fuel to each of the injectors using a closed loop high pressure pumping system. There was a major assembly error made when the spider was installed. This error was so significant that it made this whole dis-assembly process worth while. Let's just say the engine would have been DOA at start-up had we not found this problem. Details will be discussed in a future post.
Because of the assembly error we found it necessary to remove the fuel meter from the fuel injection assembly. The fuel meter includes the fuel bowl, float, high pressure fuel pump, and the cranking signal valve. I'd point it out in this picture but its been r-e-m-o-v-e-d.
And here's our 327 opened up from water pump to distributor. Double click on the photo and take a good look.
Details of the dis-assembly will be shared in an up coming post. We can say for a fact that this engine would not have run had we not taken these drastic measures. We can also say that this is one beautiful engine and it has all of the essential original components from 1963. It really is beautiful. Now go wait in the Waiting Room for the final prognosis.

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