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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:01 am

New Core plugs.
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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:03 am

New paint and rear main seal.
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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:07 am

Gearbox drained and pleasingly, was full of good oil. Sump from overdrive and filter removed and cleaned. Nothing untoward, looking promising.
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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:08 am

Gearbox repainted. Overdrive left bare.
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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:26 am

When the clutch was pulled we found it had plenty of wear left, good enough to go back in if it were not for a broken spring, which we found in the bell housing, so it will need replacing. All other items good to go as they do not look too old and are not excessively worn.

It also has a damaged spigot bearing, which will also need to be replaced.

The engine itself has a code beginning with MY, which means its not the original SCimitar engine, but a later replacement of unknown origin. It also means we have really no idea of its age, mileage and provenance. We do know that it has been apart as some of the rods are numbered. Under the flaky red paint there is the remnants of a metallic green paint, but not much can be assumed from that. What I had assumed to be 130k engine, in line with the speedo reading, with good oil pressure and compression is now just an engine with good indeterminate mileage, which is at least 20 years old and been round the block a bit - i.e. not in its first flush of youth.

So new seals and gaskets, where required, and hopefully I will get another few years out of it.

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Post by willholderogri » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:18 pm

is that your original gearbox or the one from me


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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:53 pm

Will,

Its the one from you, that stood in a field for 3 years.....Or so. The bits of clutch were found in the bell housing of the old gearbox.

Fingers crossed.

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Post by scimjim » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:54 pm

Steve’s replacement tubulars are the long primary type and had a flat spot on the bottom of one side, so I welded a plate on to restore some metal thickness
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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:59 pm

Thanks Jim,

These are now wrapped as far down as the bend.

Good job I have raised my car slightly, so I can get these under the floor without scraping them all down the road.

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Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:04 pm

Rev Light wrote:
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The engine itself has a code beginning with MY, which means its not the original SCimitar engine, but a later replacement of unknown origin. It also means we have really no idea of its age, mileage and provenance.
Not entirely - a code of "MY" indicates that it came from a Ford vehicle, of October 1972 manufacture. Though of course its mileage and history since then are unknown. :)


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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:26 pm

And its painted green in an effort to make it more environmentally friendly..........


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Post by willholderogri » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:44 am

looking good so far steve


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Post by Rev Light » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:54 am

No new pictures of progress this weekend. My son and I did a service on the engine whilst it is out. More of a lesson for him, as he came up to keep me company. Tappets, spark plugs and oil filter etc. And refitting some of the engine/alternater mounts. Resealed the rocker cover with new gaskets and sealer, in a bid to keep the oil in the engine. Touched up the paint where I had missed, as well.

Attempted to drill out a broken bolt from one of the exhausts mounts and fitted new s/s studs to the rest. It is fighting me still, went as far as I dare with the drill, in the hope I would scare it out, but the hollow bolt is still in there. Offered up the right hand tubular manifold only to find that the dip stick is in the way, now that I have fitted the studs, so I will probably have to modify that with a grinder next week. Better found now then when I am trying to reinstall the engine.

Bitterly cold in the snow and wind on top of the hills up there.

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Post by scimjim » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:30 am

Just rotate the dipstick tube, so that it protrudes between the pipes. It may need a little sealant at the base if it’s too loose after moving it.


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Post by philhoward » Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:04 am

If the stud/bolt simply won't relent, I'd firstly try (when it's drilled to the right size) re-tapping the thread. If that doesn't succeed, then a helicoil.


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