Sparky's winter/spring/summer/autumn work

quattro

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Well, that was annoying. Sparky booked in for an MOT yesterday (not a real one, just a good look over and check to see how well the brakes are adjusted) but he refused to start :confused:. All I got was a clunk from the starter.

It's a fairly new starter, so tried the easy bit first, and put the battery on charge. Reconnected, it, tried the starter, Clunk ! :mad:

Whipped the starter out

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Not much wrong there, so bench tested it and it whirred away happily.

Caught hold of the pinion and pulled it outwards, and all feels smooth, snaps back in well.

So, good clean up, drop of oil on the shaft, put it back together and hope, or new starter?
 

harveyp6

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It's not a good idea to oil any part of the exposed mechanism as that will attract clutch dust, and that can make it stick.

The starter may work on the bench, but that's not under any load like that.

The engine hasn't seized up has it?
 

quattro

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It's not a good idea to oil any part of the exposed mechanism as that will attract clutch dust, and that can make it stick.

The starter may work on the bench, but that's not under any load like that.

The engine hasn't seized up has it?
I didn't think oiling would be a good idea :)

No, engine is free and turns easily - put it in gear and rocked it back and forth.

Oh well, better get the credit card out :(
 
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quattro

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I have found some very good specialists in this area since I moved here, but none of them starter repair shops. (Found loads of bad auto services too :) )

I'll have a google around tomorrow, and have a chat with a garage that I know, see if he knows anyone.

The starter fitted with the engine by the last owner is a high torque unit and is piggin' expensive, so getting it repaired if possible would be a good idea. I would just fit a standard one but I seem to remember that there was a reason he fitted the smaller HT one, possibly room restriction with the tubular manifolds.
 

quattro

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Just looked back through my threads and found that it's not a fairly new one at all, it was bought from Rimmers back in 2006 for £165. I was wondering where the old one went, if I had bought a new one :)

Dan Nicholson rebuilt it in 2012 along with fitting a new ring gear, then Sparky ate it in early 2014 and Dan fixed it for me again.

I found a new one at a local Land Rover specialist for £190, so it will be here tomorrow.
 

quattro

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Sparky went for a mock MOT on Saturday, just to check everything out. He has a slight weep from the power steering pump, a small leak seemingly coming from around halfway along the clutch hose :confused: (it's dry at the top, but there's some fluid on the lower part), smell of petrol in the boot (I knew about that), and the indicators don't flash fast enough on tickover with the headlights on. I remember that clutch pipe being a bespoke one as the master cylinder is imperial, and the slave cylinder is metric, so that'll be fun.

Brakes worked well, although I have turned the rears down a little too much, so I've now backed them off half a turn.

The old front brakes, standard ones with the three pot original calipers, gave 223L and 239R. The Fosseway four pots and vented discs gave 295L and 329L, so they are certainly uprated :).

Rears were 187L and 169R on the Rover diff and 144L and 159R on the Jag. Handbrake was 185L - 155R (340 total) on Rover, and 166L - 174R (340) on the Jag.

All in all, a good day. Now to get the tank out, where's the blow torch?

Richard
 

quattro

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Cheers Mark

I'll hopefully get the offending article out over the next few days to see what has happened with it, and then I'll give these guys a call.

Thanks for the link

Richard
 

quattro

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Blimey, it's been four months :oops:

I took the clutch hose out and sure enough there was a weep about half way up, strange as there were nothing rubbing on it. I am wondering if I buggered it up myself as I did remove the earth wire and cleaned it when playing with the starter motor, just in case the engine wasn't earthing properly. :rolleyes:

Anyhoo, tank is out and patch all cleaned up

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I sealed up all of the outlets, and lightly pressurised the tank, then sprayed some soapy water around the repair. There are five small holes in the lower left hand corner. Two about half way up, one at the top, and more around it, about twelve in all :confused:

I thought I would try to solder it to try and seal these tiny holes, so got it nice and hot, put some flux on, then dropped some solder on. This immediately turned into small balls of molten solder and they all ran off. I suspect they were actually chuckling to themselves as they scattered :confused:

I do have a spare tank, from a 3500S so I got this out, gave it a clean then tested it. It leaked around the seal for the sender. I inspected it very closely and found the surface which the rubber ring sealed against had a small crease in it. Before I tried to tap it back flat, I noticed that it was a different shape to mine, so possibly a tank for a four cylinder car.

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Not by best day, so I phoned Wins as they had an excellent condition 3500 tank on their website. They sold it last week.

Ok, not to be beaten I got the welder out to try and seal the holes up in the original tank, and blew a half inch hole in it. Then I went home.

So, I now have a new piece of sheet steel and am going to give it one more go. Anyone got a good V8 tank in case my welding skills haven't improved as much as I hope?

Richard
 

cobraboy

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Richard
I may still have the good solid V8 tank from my car in the barn where I found it. The reason I gave up on it was because of tar from old fuel.
There are outfits that can chemically clean a tank. I can go see if it is still there. Free to you if you arrange shipping.

M
 

chrisw

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Another option is Ian Millson. He welded my V8 tank, and fitted a second inlet pipe, as well as dipping and cleaning it. He did a fantastic job, and I'd recommend him for any fuel tank work.
 

cobraboy

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Tank is still there, exactly as I left it. It is virtually clean inside, I looked in with a boroscope at the time, but I would get a chemical rinse to be sure.
 
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