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The engine had a lot of fuel in the sump - not good. The coolant looked pretty grim too. The time taken to diagnose and fix means it was easier to replace with a known good engine, and whilst off it looks like the piston rings may have had it. So a replacement one is in (video here), though straight away we had overheating. We replaced the (most probably original 26 year old) thermostat with a new one, and all was well.
It drives ok, especially as it's raised right up for conservative road settings, a bit more steering wobble than I remember but that could be the road wheels. It's going up Tuesday for a good check over suspension wise. It also needs good clean inside, it's pretty dusty... but it's had a Morrisons car wash at least!
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Went up to the garage to have a final look, and there's a bit of a difference! Below is before and after... There is some bad news however, cylinder 5 appears to have a compression rating of 50psi about a third that is should be, so that could be a major problem if it's a piston ring. Would certainly have been down on power! But either way we're making progress.
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This wasn't as straightforward as I'd hoped...A few tips to get the roll bar off first: I disconnected the lolipops and gearbox cover. Then (without a press), I used a combination of bottlejack to lift to get the rubber in.
I took this picture before tightening everything. I lowered everything first, then tightened. That is now all the suspension bushes on the car replaced.
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Some very slow progress on the car, it's not been a priority with the arrival of our kiddie number 3 in the house! But here's the story so far.
So the floor was rebuilt and the new sill tacked in place to line everything up. You can see the replacement door - sadly I left it in it's box lying on the kids' bikes so it has dents! Not as many as the last one tho...
Here we have the new wing, and the sill is more permanently in place, the door opens and shuts, now we just need the rear quarter building up. Slow but getting there!