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  1. I was reading the process to remove the engine on a 604. You are supposed to remove the bonnet and pull it out the top. However to get the engine off of the gearbox you have drop the steering rack, front cross member and radiator so that you can pull the engine forwards. I am thinking that I have to pull the cross member off I might as well just put the cross member on some sort of stand and lift the body off, dropping the engine underneath. I don't have somewhere to work on the engine (the garage isn't big enough) so I have either pull it out the top, build a table over the front of the car and work on it there, or I can drop it on the floor and lift the front of the car as high as possible and work on the engine on the ground. I'm not sure which is least bad. To lift things I have a 80x80mm steel box section running across the garage. The box section is 2.1m above the ground and I could mount pulley wheels onto it so that a hand winch can go horizontally along the beam so not loosing the length of the winch. Also I could just use some big ratchet straps somewhere on the body shell slung over the 80x80 This 80x80mm steel rests inside the i of a pair of 152x152 beams (what most people would call an RSJ) that hold up the roof. This are the 37kg per metre ones which I think are normally used to support pretty big buildings so I don't think there will be any issue there.
  2. I have made very little progress this year so far. However today I cleared out the last of my rubbish from the garden which means a deal done with SWMBO. Also work has been insane since lockdown but I have decided to just start booking in leave in the calendar anyway. This Thursday I have booked a day's leave and a mate to come teach me how to weld. This evening I jacked up the back of the car. I am short of storage space so the easiest place to put my new axle stands is under the car. Things that I am planning to achieve this summer:- finish off the garage door pull the engine out weld up anything needing welding in the engine bay Paint the engine bay
  3. on the other hand..... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51882897
  4. Concerning the "hysteria" I think that it really depends on how many people are ill. If hospitals are getting full then it makes sense to lock everything down so that the few who become seriously unwell can be treated, but if there is capacity then I would say that looking at cars in an open field is pretty low risk. It's not like you are going there by public transport or need to be in close proximity to other people for any length of time. Obviously people who have medical problems have to be somewhat more careful, but they probably need the rest us to catch it and recover so that the general population is immune.
  5. Practical Classics just landed on my doorstep. It says that POL is April 18th. The website is http://tinyurl.com/tn7hnhq which currently redirects to a Facebook page
  6. Anyone know what's going on? For the first time in my life I own a Rover. Does one just turn up or do you have to book or something?
  7. There is a Japanese import in this video which appears to be compliant in the ULEZ checker I wonder how it works with imports?
  8. There is a set of Rover 25 leather seats on ebay in Choppington that look nice but I'm in West London. Anyone got any suggestions?
  9. anyone live near Choppington ? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/223470399422
  10. Progress this week:- Fitted header tank with a level sensor in it but not wired it up yet. Changed front discs and pads. It seems slightly better but I suspect that the drums are not adjusting properly, the handbrake lever comes up very high and the pedal still has a slight movement before it does anything. I checked the vacuum booster and it seems to work, but the brakes still don't have as much "bite" as I would like. I guess some new fluid would be a good idea too. Took the entire clutch release mechanism and pedal to bits. Greased the cable and the pedal and worked some spray grease into the pivot on the gearbox. I think that it is quite a bit nicer. Figured out why the airbag warning light is on:- so it seems that the previous owner preferred the seats in this car to the ones in his new 200/25 and so swapped them. The only problem is that the connectors are different. He seems to have chopped the connectors off of his new car and put them in the glovebox so it shouldn't be too hard to sort out. I'm now curious what seats this car is supposed to have.
  11. Another thing on the to-do list is the clutch mechanism. The A40 went from three lanes to one on an uphill stretch last night that took about 20 minutes and it was purgatory. The clutch is quite heavy but I think that there is also a stiffness there as well. I need to take the pedal and release mechanism apart, free everything up, grease it and re-assemble. I believe that this car has the gearbox with Ford internals (the IB5).
  12. Last night I let the tyres down to 28 psi and SWMBO says it is now acceptable.
  13. The more I read about it the more I come to the conclusion that Rover tuned the R25 suspension at the 1999 facelift (from the R3) to give it more "youf" appeal, and that this is what the problem is.
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