Repairs to Dennis No2 Cylinder Head

Over the last few years, a crack has appeared across the top of the cylinder head, and it wept a little water when it was running. Clearly not good, and eventually something needed to be done.

A couple of weeks ago, Nick Cambray (an old university friend who was visiting), and I removed the head – very easy on a side-valve engine as there is no timing to worry about – and took it to Surelock in Oakham. Although they are rather pricey, the do a really good job, as the photos show. Anyway, a bit of paint, then off for a skim, and it all goes back together.

While I was at it, I drained the oil, and shook out the limescale flakes that were in the head – they came out about the size of 50p coins!

About lowdhamstation

I am a director of a small (and very technical) business, a committed Christian, a Reader (and preacher) in my local village church, husband to my dear Frances, am interested in heritage railways, and heritage fire engines. I currently run a group that displays wartime and early post-war fire engines at 1940s re-enacting events and steam engine rallies. O yes, and vintage cars and motorbikes, and we live in a Victorian railway station.
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