Thanks BWP 5p for the translation.
I did not miss
the Mayflower, I didnt even aim. It wasnt me
Yes BWP sais, you can do without the spring compressor with a steady hand and a second set of eyes. If you can get one all the better.
I got mine from the local car tools shop its nothing special but makes life easier and less stresfull.
I also use a small flat head screw driver to push the rings as the barrel gets close.
A soft rubber mallet is usefull for gently
tapping the barrel square over the oil ring. The barrel entrance is chamferd to make this possible.
AF = Across the Flats and is in inch as oposed to a metrick spanner/wrench.
I forget that some folk are not burdend with a french metrick. (Long live the inch!
Gaskets are as a 1200.
Cometick gaskets are metal the head gasket on my conversion needed one of the 2 rivits cutting off as the head was clamping on one. There instructions warn of this on modified engines.
Its not a problem but another job, If your looking to go stress free, then the HD is proberly the way to go. there new base gaskets are metal now or so I was told.
The last top end kit I got had 883 and 1200 head gaskets in. use the 1200.
Everything else is the same.
Over here the Cometick are more expensive than the HD but available in difering thickness.
HD are now 60 odd thou!!
If your getting the cometick and you dont know what your engine is made from (which pistons) then you can measure your old head and base gasket
thickness and make shore the new ones add to the same total or (You know what Im going to say
) measure the squish and and get the gaskets to make it .030" well 28 to 35 seems to be the consensus.
If your gaskets mesure over the original total (head and base) .056" you aint going to be far off. Thats the HD ones that I mesured coming off my 03.
Bloody 'ell its late, I'm off to bed.
PS oil them manifold bolts while your thinking about it