After selling a kidney, i managed to purchase a wartime Willys engine. I was assured it was in 'good condition' with no cracks etc. As usual i stripped it down to assess the work needed to be carried out. I can then put it aside and carry on with the axles etc. Obviously with such an expensive investment i just wanted to really assure myself that i hadn't purchased a very expensive boat mooring.On the outside it looked ok, no trails of rust from cracks or core plugs, the paint looked old and even all the way round, nothing touched up. so off came the head. After reading lots of horror stories about snapped studs, stripped threads, studs rusted into the head, cracks etc etc i was very relieved to see things looking quite normal.
as can be seen no1 exhaust valve spring has collapsed but doesn't seem to have done any damage. Further stripping of the engine show that it has had liners put in and the crank has been ground and the shells look to be in good condition. Once completely stripped i will take it to Barum Engineering to see what needs to be done.