Well – what an anti-climax  

With the assistance of my neigbour, I finally got the head back on and spent most of yesterday refitting all the bits and bobs that go with it. Ran out of time to get any fluids into it before dinner guests came round, though, so I had another day’s anticipation build-up.

Today didn’t start off too well though – left the house at 6am on an eight hour round trip to visit a customer – for an hour long meeting that could have been dealt with by email 

Slightly knackered but eager to get on, I filled up the oil and water, refitted all the electrics, double-checked everything, turned the key … nothing  The best I could get was a little splutter as the engine turned on the starter, but it wasn’t catching. I suspect that it’s the distributor needs rotating to get the timing back on after taking everything apart.

Unfortunately, before I had a try with that, I gave the engine the once over and it looks like there’s a coolant leak from the head gasket round the back of number 4 cylinder  The head’s been torqued down as per the Haynes, ready for its initial 15min running period – so I guess that either I damaged the gasket during the fun and games of getting the head back on, or the head wasn’t as flat as I’d hoped and needs skimming, or something else entirely. Whatever, I just didn’t have the heart – so rather than attack everything with the nearest mallet, I switched the lights off and locked up 

Hoping it’ll magically fix itself tomorrow, so that we’ve still got a chance of touring North Wales this weekend