Anyway, stripped out the old manifold. One thing that became apparent was that the heatshield for the Carburettors has the centre piece missing/removed and the previous owner has come up with an interesting bodge to shield the heat by covering the underside of the float chambers and waxstat jets with silver foil! needless to say I've decided to order a new heatshield and put this right. having owned a 1500 Spitfire before I know how these 1500 4 pot engines struggle with vapour lock in hot weather without a heatshield.
|Head with Manifolds and Carbs etc removed|
|Old manifold, the flange and studs are pretty ropey as well as the rear stud thread being stripped.|
|Carbs note centre part of heatshield missing and float chambers/waxstats covered in silver foil!|
|Fitting new studs to the head.|
|New studs and gasket fitted|
|Manifolds in place|