This weekend was productive. The goal for this weekend was to attempt to get the Herald test fired.
I replaced the timing chain and my good friend Ralph from this forum resurrected the aborted carburetor months ago. The engine has been painted and reassembled but I was not at a point to try starting it until recently. I wanted to see if it ran ok before I started on the bodywork and mounting it to the chassis just in case the engine had to come out again for some reason.
Saturday I epoxy primed and painted the engine side shields that were media blasted to bare steel along with some other small pieces that had been ready for paint including the radiator. While all that was drying I got the last details finished before the engine could be started. I ran a new fuel line from the fuel pump to the carburetor which took much longer than I thought. After that I wired a temporary harness with an on/off toggle, a momentary push button to spin the starter and a light circuit to the oil pressure sensor to confirm oil pressure when it started. I had to be somewhere in the afternoon so I called it a day.
I started about 12:30 pm on Sunday. I started by straightening out the mess I made the day before. Got all the tools where they belonged and then pulled the plugs to clean them up and squirt a little oil in the cylinders. I thought it would be a good idea because it had been since December 2016 since it last started. Took the side shields off the paint rack and mounted them along with the radiator and hoses. I hooked up the harness I made the day before and then the freshly charged battery. I had a section of the old copper gas line so I used it to draw fuel out of a gas can. I primed the carburetor with the lever on the pump, said a prayer and flipped the on switch on the harness. The oil pressure light came on so at least I knew I had power. I said what the hell and hit the starter while working the throttle. In less than 10 seconds it kicked confirming spark and fuel but wouldn't start. I advanced the distributor some and it started and ran!!
I was shocked how smooth it ran considering the timing was a guess. I ran it for less than a minute and then turned it off, I took a video of the event but my phone didn't record the sound. Oh well. I had to share the news with the guy who made this day possible with all of his help and wealth of information. I called him and set the phone down while I started it to let him hear it run. Ralph, I hope you read this. I can't thank you enough for all you have done ( and to thank you in advance for the 1000 questions and advice in the near future).
Fuel Line to Carburetor
Fuel line from pump
Side shields mounted waiting for radiator
Test harness hooked up and ready to try
Test harness energized waiting for the push of the button