OCC 469 - restoring & running a "sharkstooth" 2000

Phil Robson

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At last I'm making some progress putting OCC 469 back together :D & thought I'd post some recent pictures...

Lights on - in fact the first time something had worked on the car for 33 years :shock:



Is my fuel stale?



Fully rebuilt engine back in..



This car's last tax disc expired in June 1978 meaning over 33 years since it last hit the road. Does anyone know of a longer lay up?
 

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JVY

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Excellent new Phil :) . BTW, that float chamber looks extremely filthy. Was all that gunk in it completely solid?
 

vaultsman

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Hi Phil,

That's great to see, and it must be heartening and exciting for you to see the old girl finally coming together. I remember coming up to you nearly 4 years ago to pick up a door, and seeing OCC's restoration slowly taking shape.

Well done for your perseverance...it'll be absolutely wonderful to see her back on the road. And you'll get there. :)

Cheers,
 

Phil Robson

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mf.smith said:
How about a 1968, last serviced in 1971. That's 40 years.
:shock: ....Is it going back on the road sometime soon?

JVY said:
Excellent new Phil :) . BTW, that float chamber looks extremely filthy. Was all that gunk in it completely solid?
...no, it was water & mush!
 

quattro

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Phil Robson said:
Lights on - in fact the first time something had worked on the car for 33 years :shock:
I bet that's a good feeling. I love those, 'milestone' moments when rebuilding a car.

Hope to see it in some local shows :)

Richard
 

Phil Robson

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I found this picture tonight which I don't think I've posted here before. It's my genuine 2000 'barn find' (straw and all :D ).


Hard to believe, but that was 8 years ago :shock: . I'll try & post some other pictures of its progress soon.
 

Phil Robson

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I have to report that I have strayed of late.... :oops:, but the start-up heritage railway project I'm involved with has consumed a huge amount of time in recent months.

However, I have now got on with a few jobs on the 2000; it's 50 next year, so it must be done by then! I've dismantled the rear suspension & am currently rebushing it. Fortunately it's in fantastic condition, with no rot in anything (unlike the rest of the car.. :roll:) so I've mainly been cleaning & painting, which is a nice change. The de-dion elbows are reinforced on this early car as you can see in this picture when compared to a later elbow:


They are strenghtened around the bottom bracket too.

It really will bring things on when I put this lot back on the car, as the diff is back in with refurbished (Dunlop) brakes & the rebuilt engine is back in..& works :D. I'm hoping that I'll be able to put some more regular reports in soon. I'll soon be spraying (for the 1st time - wish me luck!), so no doubt I'll have a story or two to tell..
 

JVY

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Good that you are managing to get some more time on the Rover Phil.

I didn't know (or had forgotten :? ) that early elbows were reinforced. I'm thinking that it's a shame the design was changed as the later ones seem to be a common weak point.
 

Phil Robson

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I have now sourced an early front pipe for the exhaust (from the U S of A via ebay.com) & have just received it. The early 2000s have a resonator box on the front pipe that sits in the proximity of the starter. I'll get it fixed on soon. Bizarrely, I've managed to get a few early parts from America when it was nigh on impossible in the UK.

The next matter is the lower plates for the rear shock absorbers that attach to the underside of the lower links & locate the bottom of the shock absorber. One of mine is rather rusty & the other has been severely modified, presumably as a result of rust again. I should perhaps post this in the Wanted section, but does anyone have any good ones of these please, that they'll sell to me? Not the most-kept spare part I fear :lol: . I think the 2000s' fitting was different to the V8s' which were almost a flat plate.
 

Phil Robson

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Well, it's been a while but I'm now getting back into full swing with the 2000.

I've taken advantage of the nice weather & started to spray the doors & wings outside. I realise I may not be able to do the colour coats like this, but I've done the isolator & 2 coats of primer so far & I'm pleased with how it's going.



I've had these panels prepared for literally years now, so the job should come together quickly. The panels are all ex series 2, so needed all trim holes welding up. the results look pretty smooth so far, but the prep did seem to take months to do! Might be a different story with the colour coats, though...
 

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Phil Robson

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More undercoat on today.


Broadly it's going well, but I did find this in the previous layers on a door:

I'm told it's due to applying the paint too thickly in hot conditions & the fact that the surface has dried before the underneath. Apparently it was the way that 'crackle finish' was achieved, but I don't really want that on my doors :cry: . I've gone over it with a thin coat & then some more much-thinned paint & so far it looks OK. The temperature is a bit less, too. I'll cross my fingers when I see it tomorrow!
 

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DaveHerns said:
I think I'd want to sand that back if possible
And then apply a light skim of lightweight filler...let it dry thoroughly to'"desolvent" and sand smooth.
Before applying you top coat colour, do a light coat in some other colour and lightly sand...this will show any low spots.
Fill...dry...sand as required...paint topcoat...dry...wetsand and buff.
What you encountered looks like the primer not having enough time to desolvent before the topcoat was applied.
This is particularly true if a a high build primer has been used...these are great but must be allowed to dry thoroughly and then sanded before anything else is applied on top.
 

Phil Robson

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Thanks guys. It is actually high-build primer (I don't know why I called it undercoat - just shows what an experienced sprayer I am!) & it is far better now, but I will sand it back before going any further.
 

Phil Robson

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Hi Guys,

My 2000 still needs the roller & clip on the accelerator 'finger' as ringed in the photo:

Has anyone got one they would be willing to sell? Pleeese....!
 

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