Well finally, VA969 lives & breaths again as I hope you can see from the blurred fan in this picture -
I did try to upload a video but failed;it was a really pleasing day. Having spun the oil pump over with a drill to get the oil around we fitted the dizzy (plate & position set ala Mad Mart during build). We primed the carbs by electrically sucking fuel through to the float chamber on the front carb.
There was a momentary flat spot when the engine failed to turn but a light tap on the starter with a hammer got it spinning and VA969 fired and started at the second crank. Couldn't have been more perfect, even idled & is oh so smooth.
The engine has a new camshaft so at John Atkinson's recomendation following first start up was held at 2000 RPM until it had warmed up. The temperature gauge held just below the centre mark.
Once the car was warm I drove it up and down the industrial estate a few times to settle the suspension
& we then set the tracking, camber, headlamps & the brake load sensing valve.
I really want to thank both John Atkinson & Dale Sharp of Atkinson/Sharp in Kendal. Both are former BL fitters and I have learned more in the last few weeks than I could have imagined. Their help at the back end in final finishing to the car has been invaluable.
MOT tomorrow at 10am, wish both 969 & I luck.