10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby nslocomotives2 » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:42 pm

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New book, well I treated myself, having had a flick through it, im glad i have it as it looks like it will be useful to refer too.
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water drained and front panel/radiator off...
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what is that goo coming out of the thermostat housing... yuk :o
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here we can see the new water pump I fitted just before she came off the road.
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and yea more goo caught in my catch pan. what is that stuff??? eww

anyhow I've loosened the rocker cover bolts ready for the lifting eye's and also soaked the rest of the engine towers and mount bolts with penetrating oil. I have started to remove paint and loosen bolts.. does anyone know if the engine tower bolts have captive nuts?

Also I have disconnected exhaust, throttle and choke cables, water heater hoses and control cable, besides the prop shaft and gearbox cover, cross member and mounts this sucker is almost ready to come out.

I have stopped and now enjoying a swift vodka and lemonade to celebrate a job well done.. tomorrow will be the gearbox cover and prepping the remaining bits to lift the engine and gearbox out... oh and the drivers wing needs to come off... I hope :-)

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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby philthehill » Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:25 am

The engine tower bolts do not have captive bolts.


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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby nslocomotives2 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:21 pm

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New toy arrived today from Amazon... I was going to make one but then saw the price and thought what the hell.
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lifting bar attached and the slack is taken up, i did take the weight of the engine off the car quite comfortably, and then let it down again to rest.
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cover removed from gearbox, next job is to disconnect the clutch, speedo drive and drop the gearbox cross member
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a very oily gearbox cover.. :-)

I didn't get too much time out there tonight as I had to work a bit later today by a few hours, otherwise there would have been another set of photos with the engine on the floor.. maybe tomorrow night.. :-D

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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby nslocomotives2 » Thu Jan 14, 2021 10:21 pm

philthehill wrote:
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:25 am
The engine tower bolts do not have captive bolts.
Awesome thankyou, that makes like easier..

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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby kevin s » Thu Jan 14, 2021 11:10 pm

I believe the tie bar would have originally been welded to the lip on the edge on the bonnet (based on ours having torn welds there).

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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby Redmoggy » Fri Jan 15, 2021 6:36 am

I've used Lechler products a fair bit. They are about as good as it gets.

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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby nslocomotives2 » Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:36 pm

so today the big lift happened.
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unfortunately I forgot to drain the gearbox oil and it ran out the end when I lifted the engine.
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The lifting frame with the block and tackle made this job so easy, in the past I've used an engine crane... Never again.. I will always use this method in future so much more control in the lift.
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The empty engine bay, not much more to strip out now... need to think about the jig design and I am concerned about front end alignment I have tried to fid a copy of the book with the details on how to build an alignment jig.. but no joy yet..
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The next job was to build a dolly to roll the engine and gearbox about on, next job will be to extract the remaining gearbox oil, and to take the engine outside with the pressure washer and completely clean it down.
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Another view of the dolly I regret the size of the wheels it does make it hard to move around as they are small, but the rollover jig will have bigger casters to let me move the car around once its up in the air on the pole.
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Re: 10 years on and its time to do that full restoration

Postby nslocomotives2 » Sat Jan 16, 2021 8:48 pm

So the jobs list now looks like this:
1) remove centre console with switches and speedo, the heater, handbrake lever, headlining, and remaining seatbelt parts.
2) remove the drivers wing.
3) drain brake fluid and remove brake master cylinder, pedals to come out, and dip switch to come off.
4) build a rollover jig, this will be of the scaffold pole style jig, on castors.
5) remove all the remaining running gear etc off the car and get the car on the jig.
6) identify all the replacement panels needed and order them.
7) make the next to do list.

If I can end next week with the shell on the jig and all the parts safely stored away i will be happy. :D


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