I recently tried to marry my engine thread under XKE to the XK forum and made a mess of it. So, here’s an original thread. The engine is a 3.8 from Oct 1962, original in my car. There are 3 things I need opinion on: the main bolt washers, the rod nuts, and the staking of the rod journal plugs.
Pics below. These all from a build done around 1995.
Main bolts are supposed to have a tabbed washer securing the bolt head. Mine have a washer that is not a split washer by has some radial marks around it. Can anyone recognize it?
The rod nuts are 12-point nuts, no washer under them. I know some XK engines used a similar 12-point nut, but it looks different that mine. Comments please…am I safe?, the rod journal plugs have clearly (at least I think so)) been removed. Do you agree? What about the “minimal” staking that I now see? Good enough? Should I remove one to see if sludge exists underneath?