First Dry Assembly

Now that the case halves are clean:

Porsche 914 engine case halves all cleaned up


And I'm happy with the way they fit together:

Porsche 914 engine case halves put together


It's time to do some test assembly and get some measurements.

For this, I'll use my "special engine assembly table" - really it's just a table with a wood top that I've drilled holes in so the head studs can pass through. I used this table for my 944 engine and it worked superbly! Anyhow, here's the #3 / #4 case half on the table:

Porsche 914 engine componets on a table ready for a dry assembly


The new bearings fit nicely on the new crank, and it fits nicely into the case:

Porsche 914 crankshaft resting in case half


Put the other case half in place and tighten the 6 through bolts:

Porsche 914 engine case halves put together with crankshaft inside


The crank spins as nice as can be! Silky smooth! So, I bolted the flywheel in place, put a dial indicator on it and was able to measure the crank end play (which was 0.047"). There are three shims that go between the flywheel and the thrust bearing (rear most crank bearing) - by getting the right size shims, I can bring the end play into spec.

Measuring crankshaft endplay on a Porsche 914 engine


Next, I put one piston and rod together and put it in the #1 cylinder spot. After sliding a cylinder over it, I was able to use my new homemade tool - a dial indicator mount that I'll use to measure deck height and TDC (top dead center - or the very top of the piston's travel before it starts moving back down):

Custome tool to measure deck height on a Porsche 914 engine


By turning the flywheel slowly, I can watch the needle on the dial indicator and find the exact top of the piston's travel. (This same tool will be used to measure the deck height (the distance from the top of the piston to the top of the cylinder). It looks like I'll need spacers 0.146" thick between the case and the bottom of the cylinders to achieve a 0.040" deck height.)

Finding TDC (top dead center) on a Porsche 914 engine


It's interesting to note that when the piston is at true TDC, the mark on the flywheel is lined up here: (I assume it should line up with the split between the cases... I will measure TDC for all cylinders to verify the crank was ground properly.)

Flywheel timing mark on a Porsche 914 engine


It is even more interesting to note that the timing mark on the impeller fan is considerably off location - perhaps as much as 5 or 10 degrees! (I will, of course, be putting a new TDC mark on that...)

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