Rolls-Royce Phantom III - 'B' head dismantling


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R-R PIII - 'B' head inlet Inlet side of the 'B' head showing the inlet the manifold below the water jacket.   This is a useful aid for remembering which bolts go where.
R-R PIII - 'B' head front end plate This picture shows the front end plate - the rear plate is similar but without the two bolts used for attaching the HT lead conduit.  Note the small 'B' stamped on the front face of the casting to denote which head it is.
R-R PIII - 'B' head blank water passages

An interesting conundrum shown above.  The front of the head is to the left of the picture.  Having scraped off some of the gasket sealant from the mating face the positions marked 'A' and 'C' are NOT drilled through the head casting even though they sit above water passages in the block.  This lack of water access is presumably to force the water flow to the rear of the head.  Position 'B' (front) in the picture is drilled to mate with the water passage in the block.  The two positions marked 'D' are quite large holes in the head that have been blanked-off with brass dowels - possibly needed for internal machining during manufacture.

The 'A' head is a mirror image of above.  Of the four heads in my possession three are as shown above but the fourth is drilled through the head at all points 'A' and 'C'.   When drilled as in the fourth example these heads are interchangeable.

R-R PIII - 'B' head valve guides
Viewed from above. and with the valves removed, one can see the inverted conical seats in the upper faces of the valve guides.  Four oil passages, used to feed the rocker assemblies, can be seen in the pedestal platforms for numbers 1,4,5 & 8 (just below the stud holes).
R-R PIII - valve guides & seats To the left is a close-up of two valve seats and the inner ends of the guides.   The blackened seats are due either to poor tappet adjustment on my part or it was caused by carbon leaching down when the heads were soaked in derv for several weeks.   There is no pitting on the seating surfaces of head or valves.
R-R PIII - valve stand Above is my way of keeping the valves in the correct order.  A piece of 4"x2" soft wood with two rows of 12 holes and the outer edges stamped with relative positions.  Small pieces of plastic tube are inserted under the valve head to give finger tension on the springs / collets.
R-R PIII - inlet valve assembly

The valve components for the A, B & C series engines; D series had single springs, solid tappets and a different camshaft profile.

A - The cap containing the valve seal

B - The outer spring

C - Split collet

D - Valve

E - Locating escutcheon for the seal cap (A)

F - Inner spring

G - Spring retaining cap

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