The 3.4L XK engine from my 1957 MK VIII returned home today after a professional rebuild at a respected San Diego machine shop. They installed new pistons, new main bearings, new camshaft bearings, and a whole lot more. They said that the 69K mile engine was in very good shape despite sitting for 45 years. Here are some pictures of how it looks today in my garage:
I already have the rebuilt generator and rebuilt starter on hand, and the rebuilt SU carburetors were shipped today. I also have the correct enamel paint for the cylinder head.
Over the next month or two I plan to build up the engine on my engine test stand with the goal of running the engine and DG250 transmission outside the car with full cooling and engine instruments prior to installing them in the car. I will post more pictures as I make progress.