October 2014 & probably the first oil and filter change in about 30 years!

25 mm of thick sludge in the bottom of the sump

25 mm of thick sludge in the bottom of the sump

Visual inspection of bottom end

Nothing too alarming…
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Some pitting on cam shaft, but no other sign of wear.DSC01541

The Gauze type oil filter was almost completely blocked..

DSC01543Replacement filter obtained from Meteor Spares service Ltd.

Re fitted sump, ran engine with flushing oil, then drained and refilled with SAE 30 oil from Witham oil and paint.

Oh nearly forgot, went to Goodwood revival and picked up replacement SU carburettor kit so now the petrol doesn’t overflow from the float chamber.

Engine sounds sweet although there is a bit of smoke from the exhaust. perhaps a top overhaul at some point but that can wait.

 

 

 

 

Engine running …..

First time in about 3 years….A slight hiccup  due to leak in temporary fuel tank line, but quickly resolved. Sounded good… all six cylinders contributing nicely. Now to get it off the axle stands and drive up and down to turn round and start on the other sill. (garage not wide enough to work on both sides at the same time.)

 

 

Rover restoration weekend comes to an end!

Work in progress a bit of paint to protect inner surfaces

Work in progress a bit of paint to protect inner surfaces

Plug welds ground flush

Plug welds ground flush

A reminder of what it was like......

A reminder of what it was like……

Did I achieve the objective…..??

Well not quite.. The sill is pretty much complete…can’t do the final welding on the front section as I need to fabricate a replacement panel to replace the rust damaged area.

This panel needs to be remade a bit too rusty along the lower edge to allow new metal to be welded to it.

This panel needs to be remade a bit too rusty along the lower edge to allow new metal to be welded to it.

I did put the rear wheel on to get ready to lower the car back to the ground but as it started raining and as I had forgotten to recharge the battery…Plus I was hungry and tired….

I did turn the engine over a few times on the starting handle, and reconnected the temporary fuel tank….So it’s all set to go  may be one night this week if the weather is fine!

welded up

welded up

 

ready to fire up the engine

ready to fire up the engine

Rover restoration weekend…………………………. 13th -15th September 2013

Following months of inactivity I am planning to dedicate this weekend to the project.

The particular aim is to complete repairs to the off side sill.

The inner sill structure is almost complete, just some additional work to replace the internal running board webs, before final welding the outer sill in place.

Currently the car is on axle stands and can’t be lowered until the sill is complete for fear of distorting the body.

The ultimate goal of the weekend will be to get the wheels on and the car back down on the ground.

If all goes well I will fire up the engine and drive it out of the garage, turn it round, drive it back into the garage in preparation to start the near side sill.

Watch this space for progress and photos?