The Honda S800 has been a great steed for Grand Touring, but it’s going off to get a tear down to look at some possible valve clearance issues. Who needs a flatbed?
Instead, a high-roof H200 Toyota Hiace will accommodate with millimeters to spare.
We got somewhat of a size comparison last year when we took the S800 on a late night Tokyo run. The mirrors were a tight fit, the widest point on the car. A flat loading floor helps too. The ramps even slide under the car for storage.
It’s off to look at some possible valve clearance issues, perhaps caused by excessive oiling due to worn rings. With the valves possibly carrying carbon deposits they are not closing fully (valve clearances approaching 1mm vs the spec 0.18 to 0.22mm) there’s a possibility of valve collision. Not good at 10,000 rpm!