On December 23, an early Christmas present (from me, to me) arrived in the form of new pistons and cylinder liners for the 1966 Honda project. I am working to complete the engine rebuild during the Winter months.
In another example of overkill, these forged aluminum pistons from Wiseco are designed for high-performance applications, but are lighter and stronger than the stock cast aluminum pistons. The new iron cylinder liners will be installed in the cylinder block after I have it media blasted to clean away decades of oxidation and grime. The cylinders will then be bored and honed by a machine shop to fit the new pistons.
I’ll be taking the engine block castings, cylinder and head to a media blasting company in January. I want to be reassembling the engine in February to stay on track. As always, I’ll post updates when progress is made.