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  1. Gargo

    Storing an engine for a while – what do I need to do to protect it?

    You've drained the old oil, this is good as it has contaminant which will cause corrosion. You are best to full with new oil and pump it around the engine, turn the engine if you can while spinning the oil pump via the distributor drive, to flush the old contaminated oil from the working of the...
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    who's patent?

    Thanks Forbes, I've just read his posthumous CV (see Link in previous post). If I have a single paragraph like any of his, I'd feel I'd done something. Highlights include : The design of a very short stroke ohc 4 1/2 litre V8 engine for Armstrong Siddeley Armstrong sounds tantalizing. Then his...
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    who's patent?

    There's that name again. I've done a few rallies, which Ian was also competing in; Irish Reto, LeJog. I think they were my Pre-Rover days. Since obtainning and competing with the Rover, I keep get told wonderfull stories about Ian Glass. Everyone speaks warmly of him. He sounds like a true...
  4. Gargo

    Possible stale fuel

    If that old and half full, I'd drain fuel the best I can and get a reasonable quantity of fresh fuel in to dilute what is remaining of the stale fuel. If it's not too difficult, draining and clean the float bowls in the carb/carbs, this is worth the effort too. Do this after flushing the supply...
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    who's patent?

    Is this one of the Sports Specials? I saw it at a show in England, 30th June 2013. Detail of the axle.
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    who's patent?

    The Internet is a beast, a Wiki page : Arthur Goddard (engineer) - Wikipedia and a book. Cool guy. They Found Our Engineer The Story of Arthur Goddard. the Land Rover's First Engineer
  7. Gargo

    Breakdown cover

    Have you tried your insurance broker, they may be able to provide cover for you. My local insurance broker provides classic (car and bikes) and modern breakdown cover, it's not that great, the recovery mileage is restricted to 20miles. I can pay the recovery firm extra and they take you...
  8. Gargo

    Headlamps Main beams

    Are they the ones with the mirrored writing on the front of their vans? I try to keep out of their way. ;);)
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    OK, not a Rover, but it has twin SU carbs, and a blower!

    I've done a few competitive vintage rallies where the performance of blower Bentley and other large vintage cars, just amaze me. They can comfortably sit at 100mph all day. I once accompanied a Talbot 110 from Belfast to Cork and they crused at 80mph the length of Ireland, with over takes...
  10. Gargo

    series 2 Kienzle clock repair.

    I have mine on the bench at the moment. Measure the resistance of the coil. I.e. The resistance across the power input and the earth (with the coil contacts closed). Mine is measuring 15-20 ohms. If yours is significantly less, but still above zero, then the coil could damaged. Hence the large...
  11. Gargo

    Good bye old girl

    o_O :eek:
  12. Gargo

    What's the best way to power an electric fuel pump?

    Agree. An alternative is to power the fuel pump through a relay, linked to the oil pressure switch. Only powering the feul pump when oil pressure is present, thus if the engine stops, lack of oil pressure stops the fuel pump. This catches a fuel pipe coming lose, oil pump failure etc. This has...
  13. Gargo

    4.6 engine information

    That's a compliment if I ever heard one, well done. But I hope your client does recognise the additions, improvements. They should get more MPG too, a mild worked engine should be more efficient, therefore pollute less. Or as the .GOV says under MOT exemption criteria: Acceptable changes - It...
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    4.6 engine information

    Penguin, Did you get to drive the 4.6 installed? I'll confirm the gain in torque is insane. With the mildly worked 4.6 fitted, a guest driver commented, "There's no need for the gearbox!". For driving on public roads, the gain in torque is what is noticed and needed :rolleyes: most. Overtaking...
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    Rovers in the backgorund....

    Solex Bicycle (1968) - British Pathe A 1968 film about Solex, my partner tells me they ride past a few Rovers.... I've watched it a few times now and think I've counted 2; I'll watch it again and see if I spot more.
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    4.6 engine information

    I'll quote what Des Hammill advices: "...1/4UNC or 6mm course thread. Fit a grub screw - which has a 0.035-0.040in/0.75 -1.0mm diameter hole drill through the centre." he goes on to give Caution! The grub screws must be screwed into the holes so they are below the block's deck. Get yourself a...
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    4.6 engine information

    I did it, so I think it is. Hey, I have a lathe so I have to use it for something. Des Hammell states enough oil gets to the rockers to swamp them (bad) and by inserting a rocker feed restrictor increases pressure for the crankshaft by 5psi. That was good enough for me. My engine runs at a...
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    E 10

    Thanks, new News to me. That's why I hang around here....:) Followed the links to the not-helpful .GOV compatibility site. And got the helpful: Rover No compatibility information for Rover cars is available as the manufacturer no longer trades. It is...
  19. Gargo

    Hi all from Australia

    Agreed, I love the Regent Motor invoice: I can just hear a customer rhyming off a list of complains, with the foreman patiently writing all the customers complains down, while thinking to themself, "It's a bloody Rover, they all do that!!" 'Content whistling noise - fan belt area' reply "Appears...
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    Thoughts on VHI MOT exemption

    True story: While I inside my house, an old man reversed into my car which was parked in the street. A few days later after the insurance assessor walked around my injured car, he measured the tyre tread depth. I asked why? He said if the tread was not legal, they would consider the car...
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    Thoughts on VHI MOT exemption

    Those were your original thoughts. In short, no I don't worry that VHI will be singled out for some sort of reduction of use. I don't have the numbers, but VHI is a minuscule portion of the total car use, I just can't see it worth a government taking action on the VHI alone. I can see increased...
  22. Gargo

    Front Spoilers for P6?

    I was sure you were about to hire out Thruxton race circuit to drive both clockwise and anti-clockwise, letting the stopwatch decide. Or the cheapskate option; find a high speed roundabout...... :eek::eek:
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    Window rubbers

    I've just reread how I did it and I said at the end "Overall the job was a lot easier than I anticipated", so to anwser your question: Not too difficult... Here's what I did, So long ago, it's like reading someone else's blog..... Good...
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    Auto Express' Top 50 all-time greatest British-built cars

    Another one of those silly articles, especially when their reasoning for inclusion are oxymorons. The Stag: "On paper it was more than a match for rivals...theory didn’t take into account the poor engineering, shoddy production and industrial disputes" If from all the British cars they need to...