V8 Pistons

With the engine turned to TDC on No.1 cylinder as shown by the crank pulley markings the tip of the rotor is directly over the bar between the vacuum capsule and the points plate.

When withdrawn the screw of the drive gears has turned the rotor slightly anti-clockwise. Note that the V8 distributor turns clockwise with the engine running, not anti-clockwise as on the 4-cylinder engine.

First piston out.

Head gasket, showing the four virtually equidistant head bolts around each cylinder (green), the 'extra' four (red), and signs of blow-by on the centre two cylinders (yellow). This is despite the extra four having been tightened to only 25 ft lb last time.