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    Joey spud reacted to Angrydicky in Dicky’s Disastrous Debris - Hampshire moves under its own steam 6/12/21   
    I finished rebuilding the head and refitted it.
    When fitting the pushrods, two of the cam followers dislodged and I then dropped a pushrod inside the engine. Balls. So I had to then remove the inlet manifold and push away the exhaust manifold and downpipe (because I couldn’t get the downpipe bolts undone) to access the cover for the cam followers.
    The pushrod had dropped deeper into the engine. I could see it laying on top of the camshaft but attempts to retrieve it made it drop into the sump. Ffs!
    I took the sump off and took the opportunity to check everything over. The oil strainer looked very clean and there were no issues. I scraped the congealed old oil out of the bottom of the sump, then refitted the sump with a new gasket.
    I removed all the cam followers and pushrods, cleaned the surface rust off the pushrods and oiled everything up before fitting them back in and fitting the cover with a new gasket. It had been pissing oil out for years by the look of it.
    Put 6.6 litres of finest 20w50 in, and fitted a new filter, which came with the car. The bottom of the filter canister was full of congealed oil, so I took that into work to clean in the parts washer.
    Refitted the engine mount, horn, manifolds etc. It proceeded to turn over very slowly and then the starter just went “clunk”.
    I took the starter off (which looked very rusty) and took it to the local guy I used. He said it felt ok, but would give it a going over.
    When I went to refit it, I noticed there are three holes on the bellhousing and not two. I was convinced he’d given me someone else’s starter motor but he said he hadn’t done any early three bolt flange ones for ages. The penny dropped as you can see a witness mark where it had been fitted with the surplus third lug covered in dirt where it’s been exposed. Just to confuse things, whoever changed the starter for the later type one refitted the surplus bolt in the bellhousing, and as it’s so dark and oily down there, I didn’t realise it wasn’t actually securing the starter.
    Anyway, it was no better. So I swapped the solenoid for one I found in the boot which looked suspiciously nos.
    That got it turning over, albeit slowly, and all I could get out of it was popping back through the carb.
    By this point I was getting increasingly frustrated, it was very cold and I was working in a car port. Dad said “get it transported to me and we’ll sort it out in the workshop” so I did. 

    With the heaters on in the workshop it wasn’t too bad to work. We started with the HT leads and found two were fitted the wrong way around in the distributor cap. Also the valve clearances were (with the exception of one) all far too small. With those things rectified, it fired up easily.
    It was a bit rough though, and was leaking petrol. Turned out I hadn’t tightened the carb down properly, and there was an air leak from the vac advance which was loose. We sorted these, and it was much better. A bit of carb adjustment and it now starts on the button. The video below is with it already warm but it starts well on choke as well. And no more petrol leaks from the Zenith!
    It’s also turning over much faster than it was. Dad reckons the piston rings were stuck and have now freed off. I did put some penetrating oil down there which might have helped.
    A couple of things still need attention. It’s not charging. Cleaned the contacts in the control box, and freed off the stuck brushes in the dynamo (which is the original, datestamped 12/50 incidentally) but still no charge, so I’m going to get it tested.
    And the radiator, which has already been recored many moons ago, must still be clogged, despite my attempts to back flush it, as it boils up after a few minutes of idling. Anyone got any suggestions of products that can be used to flush it out? The block waterways looked clear so I don’t think it can be anything else.

    I’ve managed to buy a lot of spares for this car from the Austin Counties Car Club. They’re losing their storage and stuff is available for £cheap at the moment. In addition to the drivers door already mentioned, I now have a bonnet (good secondhand) and two nos wings, the two I needed to go with the nos one that came with the car, and the nos one already fitted some years ago that is still good, it just needs fitting properly because the alignment is miles out.

    Having got it running properly, we decided to have a go at freeing the clutch. I’ve never had to attempt this before, but reading up on it, the procedure looked straightforward enough. With the engine off, press the clutch down, engage either first or reverse, then press the starter button briefly so the car “lurches”. Keep going until it frees off, mine took about six attempts then it suddenly freed and I had clutch control. I drove it forwards and backwards in the barn, slipping the clutch to try and clear the rust. Anyway it feels great, no clutch judder that I noticed which is amazing for one of these old crocks
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    Joey spud reacted to DoctorRetro in Peugeot 309 rescue thread. Sills done!   
    Getting there...

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    Joey spud reacted to mat_the_cat in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    On Friday I went over to get the paint put into an aerosol, and it turned out there was enough for two cans, plus still a bit left over for touch-ups! Paint went on nicely, and by yesterday was hard enough to attempt fitting.

    Then onto the fun job of refitting everything. The window is sealed with a butyl strip, which remains flexible yet relatively easy to remove if the window needs replacing.

    The window is clamped up against this from the inside, which squeezes out the excess.

    I didn't want to trim it with a knife, for fear of damaging the paintwork, so I sharpened a plastic knife and used this to cut away the excess. 

    I replaced the wiper spindle grommets - splashing out on genuine LR parts, as my experiences with cheap rubber haven't generally been a success (does that sound dodgy? )

    Finishing touch was the grommet around the lock surround, which often doesn't get replaced after paintwork (and indeed was missing from the front door locks too).
    Done, from the outside at least!

    Still need to wire up the wiper and HRW, plus fit some trim on the inside.
    Then onto the next improvement...

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    Joey spud reacted to mat_the_cat in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    I didn't take any work in progress photos, but the first stage of the door repairs was to replace the bottom rail. 

    There was a section below the lock which was also rust weakened, so that was cut out and replaced too.

    Followed by the closing sections of the upright, and cross piece.

    All ground back in readiness for paint...

    And coated with Zinga.

    Sealant was then applied to the surfaces contacting the door skin, and it was offered up before hammering round the flange to secure.

    That took a lot less time to write than to do! Probably about two days solid work in total to get to this stage.

    The skin was quite tricky to get the edges tucked under the two uprights either side of the window, at the same time as getting the lip over the window bottom rail. Still, it's done now and just hope it fits!
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    Joey spud reacted to mat_the_cat in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    All four springs are now on!

    The front two bolts on the rear springs both had to be cut off, so I think they weren't removed during the restoration. I'm waiting for replacements to arrive before I can lower it onto its wheels again and try them out.
    An unexpected benefit is how much lighter they are - seems obvious now but the old springs weigh a lot more. Can only help matters.
    I'm pleased with how solid the chassis is too - no evidence of any rot coming through. Obviously there are some chips from 1500 miles driving, which have started to rust but on the whole it's very good. I've sprayed it with ACF-50 which I've now discovered, so will sit and see how well that protects things.
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    Joey spud reacted to mat_the_cat in The oldest Land-Rover Series 3 around?   
    Tackling it one wire at a time the wiring was soon sorted, so time to test it out!
    I confess I checked before filming, and a good job as I'd made a schoolboy error with the relay wiring. As soon as I turned on the ignition the wiper started going, and would only stop when I held down the switch! Easily sorted by switching the normally open and normally closed terminals.
    Now I knew everything worked I could fit the rear door card. Personally I don't mind the functional look, but if we're carrying people in it might look better covered up.

    I had to trim away the bracket for the dovetail which engages with the door frame, to take the load from a door-mounted spare if fitted. That was primed and painted before fitting the card.

    It's plastic, so should stand up to typical LR leaks!
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    Joey spud reacted to captain_70s in Peugeot 309 rescue thread. Sills done!   
    The only stance to take when running shit cars on no money in the UK.
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    Joey spud reacted to DoctorRetro in Peugeot 309 rescue thread. Sills done!   
    Managed to get it onto the ramps using the starter motor, that was fun! 😬

    Built another replacement panel.

    No more pics, sorry, but now finished welding the passenger side!
    Going to fill, sand and paint tomorrow. 
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    Joey spud reacted to DoctorRetro in Peugeot 309 rescue thread. Sills done!   

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    Joey spud reacted to Metal Guru in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    40p sliced white is awful, last time I bought it was for feeding the ducks.
    £1 a loaf for anything half decent, your handmade loaf would sell for £3 in an “artisan” deli.
    Keep going.
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    Joey spud reacted to Floatylight in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    Pic stolen from FB, I reckon he's on his way to pick up a C6....

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    Joey spud reacted to GR8 PL8 M8 in GR8 PL8 M8's Inaugural Collect(ed) Thread   
    If anyone's being especially nosy they will see that it's passed!
    Now for the 205 mile drive home, once I've paid the tax of course.
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    Joey spud reacted to GR8 PL8 M8 in GR8 PL8 M8's Inaugural Collect(ed) Thread   
    Okay, I've kept you all waiting long enough, here is my latest acquisition:

    A 1997 Daewoo Espero CDI Auto. Dumped unceremoniously outside an interior design joint.
    The garage next door are putting it through an MOT as I speak, fingers crossed it passes.
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    Joey spud reacted to RobT in The new news 24 thread   
    AS Shatis update.  This glorious thing got us to Geneva and back last week no bother.  With the cruise set it's like driving my living room, but with more comfortable seating.

    You'll have to believe me that Mont Salève is in the background and not the Malverns.
    The trip wasn't without drama, as I managed to kill the battery whilst leaving the lights on during the day.  I knew that would be an issue at some point as there's no warning noise as you open the door.  Not surprised it happened whilst abroad either, as I was tired and relaxed which is often a recipe for fuckupery.  I engaged with the locals and managed to get a jump, so that was alright.  The jump pack I took with me wasn't up to the job, so lesson learnt I've now bought a NOCO GB40 that I'll take everywhere.  It's already been used once this week to jump the Skizzer Espace, which is my fault for not using it enough.  Stating the bleedin' obvious but old cars need to be used, don't they. 
    Gratuitous shot with a pogweasel Corrado.

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    Joey spud reacted to warch in Land (Rover) Reclamation or (Land R)over the Hill!   
    Success! Managed a 22 mile round trip to Tesco without anyone driving into me. Note the asymmetrical look because it’s a bit cold out and I couldn’t be arsed to change the other wing.
    Incidentally the number plate recognition system didn’t seem to like my number plates.
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    Joey spud reacted to warch in Land (Rover) Reclamation or (Land R)over the Hill!   
    Update, mostly painted, just a door, tailgate and 4 wheels left to paint.

    Rebuilt windscreen with proper never set putty stuff which cost nearly 25quid but looks good. My mate insisted on rotating the screens to equalise wear, so I humoured him on this.
    Interior all back in, apart from painting just got to refit the driver’s side door lock and fit and wire six lights and the tow pack, reattach the roof and put the rest of the bolts in the rear crossmember. Weirdly all the electrics I’ve refitted all work perfectly which is a bit worrying.

    Should keep me going for a few more decades I reckon. 
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    Joey spud reacted to warch in Land (Rover) Reclamation or (Land R)over the Hill!   
    My welding chum is still not fully fit so he decided to teach me how to weld. As you can see it’s not as easy as he makes it look. I did have fun though and learnt all the basics which is the main thing.
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    Joey spud reacted to warch in Land (Rover) Reclamation or (Land R)over the Hill!   
    Update. The welding on the rear of the chassis is complete now moved onto the passenger side bulkhead outrigger. In the meantime I got excited and started removing more bodywork, mainly to access the chassis but also to see how ropey the bulkhead was.

    There were some rotten holes in the bulkhead but they seemed very localised and the structural bits were sound so a bit of stitching and a replacement footwell should do it. 
    The metal of the main chassis had become locally weakened due to the state of the old outrigger so a new plate was butt welded into the underside of the rail. A big hole was cut in the chassis rail to accommodate the outrigger and the mounting plate which was then spot welded in and seam welded. 

    Looking good! Now for two localised areas of rust on the opposite rail and that’s the chassis all done. Easy when you know how. Luckily I know someone who knows how.
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    Joey spud reacted to Datsuncog in The grumpy thread   
    Update to the smoke-spewing brand-new boiler: the heating engineer fella is meant to be calling this morning to take a look (he was 'away' yesterday, apparently); he reckons it just needs some adjustment. I'm less convinced, but we'll see... 
    Fortunately, we still have the ancient solid fuel fire fitted to the house from before the boiler went in - managed at least to keep the living room warm last night while the storm raged and screamed round the house, while the back boiler ensured plenty of hot water this morning.

    Sometimes low-tech wins.
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    Joey spud reacted to twosmoke300 in Backstreet garages, writing on the wall?   
    What an impatient person . Could the garage have possibly been booked up for a week or two already when he dropped  it off ? 
    “ we can take a look at it “ implies that they will when they get a minute not drop all the other prebooked work like a hot potato .
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    Joey spud reacted to fatharris in FatHarris' Life of Shite ***WELDING STUFF***   
    Whilst I've been pulling my hair out keeping 4 of my cars ticking over, Tony had the unenviable task of getting one back on the road.
    Surprisingly, Japanese cars have a reputation to rust, who knew? 

    Unperturbed, he waved his sparkly stick and made it good again:

    He then filled in the holes from removing the boot rack, which wasn't really to my taste:

    He also dismantled and cleaned the brake calipers so the car could move and stop freely.
    Next up, things were masked off:



    And given a fresh coat of paint:

    He also applied some black vinyl at my request because I'd seen it on another Beat and it looked class. Still unsure how it looks on a yellow one, maybe it needs to be matt/satin black?

    At this point, following discussions with Alex, we decided the best thing to do would be for me to buy him out of his half of the project, he's still getting a lend of it for a bit though
    With all that done, it was time to think about the MOT. Only thing was, it had not had a cambelt change in at least 8 years, and I was a bloody terrified of the thing snapping during the emissions test. Luckily, I had a weekend free, and @twosmoke300 doesn't need much provocation to have a few beers away and he very kindly agreed to take his technical skills on the road and help me (Read: do all the work) on a timing belt change. Alex had sourced me the majority of a timing belt kit a while ago (Belt, tensioner pulley and spring) which would be enough to keep the engine safe for the foreseeable.

    Look at him, handsome bugger.  Face for radio and all that.

    After a couple of hours, it was discovered that the idler pulley was very grumbly, and we didn't have one to hand. To make matters worse, the water pump has a small weep, and isn't available in this country, so at some point, this will all be coming apart again to rectify all these.

    Once it was all bolted up together and a new battery fitted, it fired up, running rich. A re-seating of the temperature sender cured the fault and we ran the car up to temperature with no issues. Happy it was working as advertised, an oil change was carried out. Many thanks to Phill for his help on this one, he saved my bacon with this one!
    That was last weekend. 
    On Thursday, Tony took the Beat for its first drive on the road for over 7 years.

    A man in overalls put it in the air and tapped it with a hammer:

    And it PASSED!
    We had planned for me to collect the Beat this coming Sunday, but I got too excited. With insurance sorted (at EIGHT pounds a month FC!) and tax paid, we went 75 miles up the line, said our thanks, and collected the Beat.
    My boy has been absolutely obsessed with the Beat ever since we got it, so it only seemed right for him to be my  co-pilot for our first drive.

    He smiles weird.
    We set off and OH MY WORD, this little car is a frantic little buzzy thing. I'd never driven it before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but a rainy, dark drive through unfamiliar roads was a baptism by fire. Did I like it?

    I bloody loved it. The sense of occasion you get from a hard 2nd gear pull is wonderful. The idler pulley noise is noticeable though and needs rectifying. It's also extremely loud in the cabin, so I'll be looking at dynamat on the panels to take the edge off.
    But the steering, oh, the steering. It's so bloody fast that it only needs the tiniest of movements to change direction. It's not power assisted, and it really doesn't need it either.
    I've been using it to commute to work for the past couple of days as I need to finish the BX's rear welding to get it out and under a cover, and it never fails to make me smile. Next on the list is a new roof, as the old one has shrunken to the point of being almost completely useless. Thankfully today was a quiet day at work, so I hid the Beat in a hard shelter to hide away from the storm.
    Spot the difference!

    So what's next for the Beat?
    It is desperately in need of a good full service, which requires a few bits being shipped from voerseas.
    Clutch fluid needs changing as the top of the pedal is slack
    Roof needs changing. Badly.
    The paint job is definitely a ten-footer, and needs some fettling/sanding to make a little better and a few bits of overspray need cleaning up.
    New pads and discs would help the pedal feel
    New water pump and idler pulley
    New stereo install
    More undersealing and rustproofing
    Either way though, it'll be getting parked up for a bit to wait out for the winter/salt period to be over. It will be getting used though, don't you worry about that!
    Massive thanks to the following people, without which this would not have been possible:
    Mark - for calling me when he heard of a cheap Beat for sale and transporting it down from Coventry
    Alex - For going half in on the project with me 
    Phill - For being a top friend/drinking buddy/pisstaker
    Tony - For all of his hard work bringing the Beat from the brink
    and of course, my wife Emily - For tolerating all of the stupid car-related shit I've done over the years, including bartering a Mini that was technically yours. Love you ❤️
    And that's you all up to date, hope the pictures made up for the inane ramblings, despite barely being home this year, it's been incredibly busy!

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    Joey spud reacted to Motown in Not another one? My new purchase   
    ***Update*** Pictures to come shortly
    The car arrived today it seems to have had a rough time with the previous owner as my silver Vanden Plas is in better condition overall and believe me that is really saying something... I am sure many of you will have seen from my posts on the forum all the work it took me to get it right... Although to give the gold SD1 the credit it deserves its solid which is great.
    I honestly dont think the car would have survived without the intervention carried out by @rob88h during his ownership. I can see he spent lots of money on it noted in the very small amount of paperwork i got from the previous owner.
    I have noticed the following and will begin work on the car tomorrow....  The sunroof leaks but strangely only the panel area of the roof interior and the front passenger seat is wet (waterlogged) everything else is dry (headliner foot well glove boxes etc) so my guess would be either the sunroof panel is corroded, the seal is leaking or the sunroof wedges require adjustment as its the manual sliding sunroof type... It needs a new fuel pump and filter due to the previous owner sticking diesel in it... It runs but is very jerky almost like a misfire feeling no doubt due to having diesel put in it..... Its got half a tank of fuel according to the gauge but i honestly dont know if thats diesel or petrol  🤔
    The limited history ive received would suggest once the previous owner purchased it from  @rob88h it wasn't driven much before it was accidentally filled with diesel and taken to a garage to fix but covid hit and it sat for a year in the garage. The owner was then issued with a £500 bill which he paid before putting the car up for sale.
    The only issue that is concerning me and is immediately obvious is the sunroof leak which has put the fear of god into me.... I once owned an 827 with a sunroof leak and it was a nightmare to sort out...  In fact thats an understatement.... The period in which i attempted to sort it was one of the most stressful and frustrating periods of my life and ive been to places like Barnsley and Iraq 😆 Its also a real kick in the bollocks as i can see @rob88h  is a complete MADMAN and paid out for a brand new Rimmers headliner which il now have to replace.... I salute your efforts and commitments to the cause Sir long may you live and live well! 
    I would really like to get the sunroof sorted before it causes significant damage to the car and interior which is near immaculate ( a rare thing for an SD1) if anyone is willing to help or fix the leak please get intouch or comment on the post i will happily rewards your physical efforts with cash tea and gariboldis... I might even include the wife with the deal free of charge... She is an amazing cook but i am sick of her and we exist in a time were i cant just leave her by the roadside in a remote location fifteen miles north of the M18 like i did with my ex wife 😉
    Now i appreciate this may all seem a little negative but really its not..... Basically all ive got to do is fix the sunroof leak check the fuel system service the car and MOT it.... WISH ME LUCK! 😀👍
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    Joey spud reacted to MorrisItalSLX in Shite Down Under - Elderly Motors For Elderly People - Water Ingress   
    Now, where was I?
    With the new regulator in hand it was clear to see how knackered the old one is.

    Yep, that’s toast.

    So, in goes the new regulator and in goes the alternator with no fuss and bother. This is where the Vaseline comes in.
    The reason the regulator failed was water ingress in the electrical connection that corroded the terminals, so the Vaseline was applied to the plug to help waterproof it (spoiler alert: it didn’t).
    The moment of truth was here, did it work?

    Subsequent testing revealed that Vaseline is not quite as heat resistant as I would have liked, but we’ll gloss over that.
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