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Post by Rev Light » Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:45 pm

Well, I drained and refilled the back axle today, adding some 'snake oil', I.e. some Wynn's gearbox oil treatment, with leak stopper.....I am not expecting miracles here. I know I am going to have to pull the half shafts and replace the seals. But it will probably have to be done professionally, as I do not have the tools.

I will have to sort this out during the next year. Hopefully, I will at least get another summer out of the car. So careful monitor required.

Otherwise, other than a few unrelated minor jobs that can be done at home during the summer we are done. I am going to wait for May the 20th before re-taxing her.

Next winter I am going to be pulling the fuel tank and cleaning and painting the chassis at the rear.

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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:46 pm

Leak stopper will not work as its a polymer that soaks into Nitrile and other Rubber products, 99.9% of Scimitar axle seals are Leather.

It "May" help swell the leather if it comes in contact with them, but most oils would do that anyway, so you would have to fill the Diff to well over the filler plug as that is situated just bellow the torque tubes.


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Post by Rev Light » Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:12 pm

One thing not mentioned before in the above thread, is the fact that when we are looking inside the brake drum, it looked like someone had been in the before, and recently. Indicating that it might well have been apart. But I get your point. But it would make no sense to be overfilling the diff.


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Post by Rev Light » Sun May 20, 2018 5:14 pm

I would like to thank ScimJim for his support over the winter with my project.

Jim has saved me hours and hours, with his advice, even if it was just 'give a bit more welly!'. It's always helpful to have someone around to discuss matters. Saves all the prevarication, etc.

And the odd bit of 'weldering'.

And some jobs just required two people, I.e. lifting the engine and transmission, etc.

Back on the road again....

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Post by scimjim » Sun May 20, 2018 6:14 pm

You’re welcome Steve - now get the AVO out and look at the overdrive wiring :D


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Post by Rev Light » Mon May 21, 2018 11:07 am

Avo out this morning, but was more concerned with the engine fan not coming on yesterday and the duff indicator.

Don't want to give an excuse to the Rozzers to stop me and issue me with a fine for not having a roadworthy car. Especially with all my spouting on about not having an MOT.

Both now fixed.

Indicator responded to a clean up an a squeeze of the odd spade connector to ensure good contact.

Fan issue was down to the chassis earth - wires had pulled out of the crimp - Doh! New crimp, properly crimped, and loom more securely ty-wrapped to stop movement of the cable.

Have a look at the overdrive later.

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Post by Rev Light » Tue May 22, 2018 12:13 pm

Oh well,

indicators failed again this morning, so I obviously just disturbed the issue, not fixed the issue.

At least I know the vicinity of it.

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Post by willholderogri » Tue May 22, 2018 12:44 pm

steve its usually the hazard light switch try operating it multiple times to see if it cures it
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Post by Rev Light » Tue May 22, 2018 12:51 pm

Its definitely in the loom near the right rear light cluster.

Same symptom as yesterday.

No light, front or rear, or tacho. But I can hear the flasher unit.


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Post by scimjim » Tue May 22, 2018 12:52 pm

Fit a modern flasher unit that doesn’t rely on the light for an earth.


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Post by Rev Light » Tue May 22, 2018 5:08 pm

Typical, worked fine all the way home. I will have a look once she has cooled off. Nothing like 10 mines of heavy town traffic to warm things up.!

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Post by Rev Light » Tue May 29, 2018 7:59 am

Back to the back axle:

I was perusing my paper work over the weekend and it seems that the axle seals were changed some 10 years ago. So they are not original. I will continue to monitor the axle and any leakage.

However, I have become aware of a little bit of a 'click' (as opposed to a 'big clunk') when I let the clutch out in low gear. So I am thinking I have a bit of take up somewhere. I will have to jack it up to inspect the areas that have recently been disturbed.

Quite frankly it could be anything, from a bit of play in the suspension linkages to something moving in the drive train.

Ho hum.

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Post by Rev Light » Thu May 31, 2018 6:11 pm

Today I investigated the non-working overdrive.


I made up a long wire to connect the solenoid to +12v battery terminal and heard an audible click as it activated.


I checked that there was 12v at the new dashboard switch (again), which there was. So it looks like I have an issue with either of the two switches in between, probably the top one as we check the reverse switch.


So I took the short cut and directly wired the switch to the solenoid. I have a gearbox switch to overhaul. But for now, I will have to be careful.


And it works. I have briefly engaged the overdrive twice. However, the traffic was heavy and it looked like rain was about to become so, so back home I went.


At least we know the overdrive on the gearbox is good.


The clunk looks to be the axle 'taking up' as I was rotating the prop shaft and could hear it. Ho hum.

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Post by scimjim » Thu May 31, 2018 7:19 pm

Excellent :D

All GTE axles have some backlash - turn the 8 track volume up if it whines :D


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Post by willholderogri » Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:59 am

hi steve
yes the overdrive worked very well and made a big difference to the revs
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