OK, I had no idea what I was going to do today, I got up and made breakfast which I don't do that often and watched a little Price is Right.
First thing I did was figure out the oil dipstick tube, I knocked out a plug in the driver side rear and I took the tube that came with this engine, I then slowly bent the tube to fit this engine the way it is with the L head, it comes up just behind the SUs, I don't think I will have an issue with the firewall.
I then decided to put the oil pan on so I lifted the engine out of the frame and cleaned everything up, I bought some high tack and some normal gasket sealer, when I got back home I put the oil pick up tube on, then I put the high tack on the oil pan, I put the regular stuff on the other side and mounted the pan, things went good and I hope it don't leak.
Next I dropped the engine back in the frame, I could not modify the driver side mount to make it easier to drop the engine in as the angle is wrong, so I put the mount bracket on the motor mount and then dropped the engine into position then ran the bracket mount bolts into the block, I let the engine settle and the tightened the motor mount nut on both sides, it is tight but everything clears.
Next I stood there and looked at it, I then decided to get it ready to start, so first I set up a radiator, I used the radiator hoses to hold it in position, I put a 2X2 under it to hold it up, I then used a couple clamps to hold that there and used zip ties to stabilize the whole thing.
Next I put a normal drain plug in the oil pan, I then filled both the engine and transmission with fluids, I found a oil filter and mounted that, then I found an electric fuel pump and piped the fuel out of a gas can(92 octane, ethanol free), and I pushed fuel thru the mechanical fuel pump.
I then found a coil and wired that in and I bolted it to one of the radiator mount holes, then tested for spark, I had spark.
I have a trigger for the starter, I tested it and it turned over, I then connected everything to power, pulled the choke lever on all the way and hit the trigger and got nothing, so I squirted a little fuel into both SUs, tried again and it hit but would not start, after a couple more hits I turned the distributor all the way retarded and got nothing, so I turned it all the way advanced and it started and wound up to likely 3000rpms, I shut it down, adjusted both carbs for less RPMs and then ran it for a couple minutes then shut it down, added water to the radiator, adjusted the carbs again for less RPMs, and started it up again, I started looking for leaks and found one, it turns out there was another dip stick hole that was open and squirting oil up the side of the block, I put the plug I removed from the rear into the front hole, you can see where the oil splashed up the side of the block in front of the engine mount bracket in the photo below.
I next found the timing light and hooked it up, then I started it and timed it to 5/6 degrees BTDC(it started at 20 degrees BTDC), I adjusted the carbs and got it running pretty good, it's kinda noisy as I just put some flex pipe between the head pipe and muffler, the flex pipe was to big, but it was way better than straight pipe, I warmed the engine up and ran it for likely half an hour or more, it runs good.
This did not go off without problems, the first oil filter had a hole in it, next I ruined a radiator as the 2X2 fell out and the rad moved into the fan before I had put water into the system, when I added water to the radiator it started pouring out of the bottom of the rad, and I replace that one with another and then water started pouring out of the dual SU intake where a manifold plug was forgotten, I got all this stuff fixed as it appeared/I found it including the dipstick hole.
I removed the electric fuel pump and ran it another 10 minutes to make sure the mechanical pump was working and it was.
This engine didn't turn over like it was a very high compression engine, it is a Z24 starter though, I expected it to act different, the Dual SUs have been sitting around for years in a bucket, they worked pretty good also, I hope it starts easy tomorrow.