A little update given i thought it best to make sure the car is running during the 25th Anniversary!
Whilst I was away playing with the Rooster rebuild, No.1 was just left sitting on the drive. After its last episode with the fuel tank, i'd filled it back up - at which point is promptly emptied itself all over the drive. 8 gallons of BPs finest...
This turned out to be a hole about 1/4" (6mm) in diameter, right at the bottom where a spot weld once lived. It almost looked like i'd drilled it...perhaps the internal pressure of having a sealed cap was too much for it! In went the tank from the Rooster - obviously a replacement as it had a Securicor label on it, along with Will Sparrows address. This meant it was the later one
with the long breather. Using some spare hose, i made up a new one
but have incorporated a small breather to atmosphere, tucked up under the rear deck.
Finally replaced the rear cylinder and shoes - not as bad as the other side, but the cylinder seals had failed.
Got it started and then proceeded to take it down to get some petrol (I only had half a can at home) to be greeted by a very strange feeling. Wouldn't go into gear, but when it did, the clutch did nothing - yes, the plate had stuck to the flywheel
Having never had this happen, but read 101 solutions to it, i made sure the engine was warm, so would start on the first compression, started it in 1st gear and went wailing down the road with my foot on the clutch - a most bizarre feeling! About 400 yards later with some "clutchless" gearchanges, the reassuring (!) bang and the clutch finally gave up its unintentional grip. Normal service has resumed - except i've now remembered one
thing i forgot to do - replace the thermostat. Don't have one
in stock, so thats that for today..
Given the health of the daily driver fleet at the moment (the Omega engine is rattling like a good 'un and the Saab is about out of MoT), it may get some mileage this week to work and back..