Reporting on the progress I am making to get the Monster Type 4 engine finished and installed in my Puma. The LE200 heads that had leaking valves were sent back to Hoffman Automotive machine (HAM) and they reported that the ceramic coating company got too happy with the coating and got it on the valve's sealing service. Where was the quality control that should have caught the issue before the heads shipped?
The heads are back and have passed the leak down test. I had bought a pair of CSP intake manifolds which were recommended as the best intakes to use. They are nice intakes but they are shorter than the intakes that I had been using and which were returned to AA with the heads. The Sync Link throttle linkage that I had been using and had some issue with won't work with these intakes and the cross bar linkage won't work either. I have always liked the Vintage Speed bell crank throttle linkage system so I placed an order last week for one. It took exactly 7 days for it to arrive from Taiwan via DHL. I was pleased with that and have bought from Vintage Speed in the past and have all good things to say about this company. The bell crank center push linkage is super nice and installed easy and seems to work well. It appears to be a way to have the carbs open perfectly in sync. I now have everything in place to install the engine this weekend. I will let you know how it goes. I have high hopes and a positive outlook.