Revised 31/12/2011 .

Build Diary Index

 

 

 

I had to order a set of rear brake pads for my Galaxy from Benfield Ford, so ordered a set of front wheel bearings at the same time. Undoing the front hub nut was easier said than done. The hub was held in a vice exactly as described in the Haynes manual - It was done up that tight I was worried about bending the wheel studs. No mater how I tried, I couldn't undo the nut (and yes I was turning it the right way - yellow insert = left hand thread, blue insert = right hand thread). Decided to bring home a scaffold tube from work to get a bit more leverage - this worked straight away.

 

While the bearings are stripped out, I've decided to get hubs zinc plated, especially as I'm not convinced that the hammerite paint is really a long term solution - Stuarts taking some things to be done so I'll ask him to take some bits at the same time for me. I'll probably get the brake calliper sliders plated at the same time, which reminds me I haven't any sliders for the rear callipers yet (41+VAT each from Ford dealer)

Placed an enquiry on a few second hand part enquiry sites, for the rear calliper sliders - Sniffy Dog, 247 Spares and Find a Part - Within a few minutes I had two phone calls, one from breakers at Rotherham (charging 25 ea), the other from Bawtry (charging 20 ea). I forgot to ask either of them which enquiry service they had replied to. Neither of them would split the sliders and insisted I bought the whole calliper - I suppose I can sell them on for someone to exchange for new. Eventually went and picked them up from Bawtry - they were just taking them off the car when I arrived - they were off a left hand drive Granada with a German registration plate so I couldn't work out what age they were but look in reasonable condition. At the same time I bought a washer / light stalk that had come from a P100 pickup for 5,  which I didn't think was too bad - the one out of my donor car has the rear wash function on it which wont be much use.

21st - On a cold and foggy Saturday morning, drove over with the trailer to Preston to pick up engine and gearbox from Fastco.

  

Searched on internet to find original age of engine, or as this is supposed to be a service engine from Rover, the year of manufacturer of vehicle it would be fitted to. Engine list on Rover-V8 web site identifies a number prefixed '10A'  as being form a 5 speed manual SD1 with SU HIF6 fuel system and 9.35:1 compression ratio, although doesn't give year of manufacture. The SD1 mania web site gave similar information. It was suggested on the Rover-V8 forum that to confirm the engine age for SVA purposes,' send a letter stating your engine number (and 15.00) to.....
Heritage Motor Centre
Banbury Road
Gaydon
Warwickshire
CV35 OBJ
They will provide you with a letter confirming year of manufacture, this letter will be accepted as proof of age by the SVA. ' - suppose that's the next expense then !
 

Managed to sell Pinto engine and Type 9 gearbox through Find-it, which are going to end up in a Westfield.

 

 

December

Registration

November

speedo sensor, bonnet catches, final trim, MOT & SVA

October

Nosecone, Rear tub, front mudguards, alarm

June

Finishing fitting the dashboard

April

Carpets, seats and Dashboard

March

Making a start on the interior

February

Lights working

December

Bonnet, Nosecone, Headlights

November

1st drive

August

Rear mudguards and lights

July

Engine loom wiring, Alternator bracket, Distributor, Engine Started, Speedo sensor, Transmission tunnel fitting, Exhausts, Side panels

June

Steering column, Front axle, Pedal box, Wheel studs, Fuel tank, Wiring loom, Rear tub, Remote oil filter, Front bulkhead / battery shelf, Column switches

May

Footwell panels, Rear axle, Brake pipes, Rear bulkhead, Fuel pump, Engine installed

April

Collect kit from Dax, Painting chassis, Remote oil filter takeoff plate, Floor panels, A frame bushes

March

Gearstick remote, Baffled sump

February

Preparing LT77 gearbox, exhaust options, Costs for kit

January

3.62:1 LSD

December

Front hub bearings, Engine age

November

Preparing donor differential, drive shafts, hubs