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My mean green hornet

Discussion in 'Members Projects' started by corazon, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. cobraboy

    cobraboy Active Member

    Nice going Jim.
    How are you putting up pics on the site now ?
  2. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. I'm just uploading direct now, I realised there was an option to display them not as thumbnails which I'd not noticed before. Probably a quicker process really. I reckon photobucket will back pedal, they'll just fade away otherwise
  3. quattro

    quattro Well-Known Member

    I'm going to send them a basket of fruit :mad:

    Looking forward to this bit, expect ideas to be blatantly nicked :cool: I hope to get diff installing by October

  4. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    No problem at all Richard, copy what you like, it's the ultimate compliment after all :D
    Hopefully you can keep your diff install more focused and to a shorter time frame than mine ;)
  5. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    My stainless fuel tank arrived today so I placed it in the boot space for some photos.
    It's a polished stainless tank from Empi, which I will be custom fitting with an Aeromotive in tank pump.
    Here it is in the factory tank location where I will be installing it.
    I'm going to make a false floor for the boot so it will become one large flat open space with the tank on show, and space for tools etc below.

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  6. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    that looks nice, is it smaller than the standard fuel tank? and does it use the reserve function of the original?
  7. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    Yes it is smaller. 10.5 gallon I think, the 13 gallon version was just too long to fit between the arches unfortunately.
    It's still plenty of capacity for what I'll use the car for.
    I won't be using a reserve no, I have a different matched sender for my new gauges to install, plus the in tank pump will be installed separately from a hanger assembly with AN fittings.
    It will be a return system still and the fuel should stay cooler with the in tank pump, not to mention much quieter pump operation.
  8. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Yo - no more rusty bits in your fuel!!!
  9. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    That was certainly part of my original motivation to get a new stainless tank, however upon removal of the old one I discovered it was actually I n very good nick inside and out, including the sender which looks almost new! Perhaps the increasing ethanol content in the petrol has helped keep it clean? Who knows..
    I will offer the tank and sender up for sale officially soon along with many other parts I no longer need, but if anyone is interested in it right now let me know.
  10. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    I have three days off to make some progress on the car.
    I did this one evening a couple of nights ago to make engine removal SO much easier.
    It was something I kept meaning to do but never got around to. The plan is to make it flush fitting, sliding into a locking channel.

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    So I'm planning to whip the engine and box back out today. The hybrid ZF 22/24 box is getting sent away to be built as I don't have the time to do it, the engine will now be getting top hat liners fitted so I'm looking into who exactly will do that properly for the best price.
    Whilst they are both away I'll prepare and repair the shell ready for fitting for hopefully the final time.

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  11. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    Well I had the engine and box out easier than ever, it makes that process so much more pleasurable.
    Since last weekend I have been stripping the engine down whenever I get a spare half hour.
    I had a fussy head bolt to contend with which got me worried it had got very hot at some point.
    Once I'd broken a few sockets on it, I managed to find the 5/8 impact socket I really needed and out it came.
    No obvious head-gasket breaches or issues with pistons or the cylinder bores to my eyes.
    Stretched timing chain.
    Some fairly nasty looking valves and general lack of oil changes are apparent.

    Upon removal of the camshaft I was greeted with some fairly severe lobe wear, along with its sorry looking corresponding lifter. This is the rearmost lobe and lifter.


    I'm not sure if this is coincidence, but the head bolt that was stuck was the rear on the driver side bank, so it's the closest one to this lobe/lifter/pushrod.
    I'm guessing this could have been poor bedding in of a camshaft?
    Either way it can't have been running very well like this, so probably the reason it was removed from a Range Rover and sold to me.

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  12. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    I've had the first main cap off and the bearing looks ok if a little scored, the main journal also has slight scoring, I'm not sure how bad that is?
    Camshaft bearings all look slightly scored too.

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  13. unstable load

    unstable load Well-Known Member

    Depending on how it measures out, you may get away with a polish of the mains.
    Cam bearing looks a bit dodgy, though, suggest new ones to go with the new cam.
  14. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately John, I've just taken the rest apart and things aren't anywhere near as good, not sure how that front bearing got off so lightly.
    All upper halves of the big end shells are scrap, all remaining mains scrap also.

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    Crankshaft journals all look good to me.

    Hopefully I can make a decision on who to do the top hat liner machine work this week and get it booked in.
    Then I'll be doing a quick rebuild. I'm going to use John Eales' exclusive adjustable Gems timing set and (probably) the higher torque cam from v8 tuner. If my correspondence with Harland Sharp goes well I'm tempted to upgrade to roller rockers. I'd like a set with needle roller bearings rather than bronze bushings ideally.

    Last edited: Aug 14, 2017
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  15. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    More that needs replacing unfortunately.
    I was inspecting the Pistons closely earlier and found a hairline crack in one.
    It is now headed for ornamental status via some quick polishing which I've begun here

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    So best plan is to just get a replacement stock 4.6 high compression piston and be done with it.
    However with the liner work about to be done it is horribly tempting to get the forged set which when used with a stock 4.6 crank and rods takes it to 4.8 capacity. I almost certainly cannot justify the cost, so it might be done as an upgrade at a later date..hmm

  16. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    Are you receiving any help for this yet?
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  17. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    It's just a mild relapse. I'm putting it out there in public as it's the first step to recovery :D
  18. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    I'm glad to hear it. Admitting you have a problem is definitely the first step to recovery as you say.:D
  19. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    Another small job ticked off the list yesterday. This is the stock p38 ZF pas pump, also used on many other cars. I've tapped it to 18mm to accept AN fittings and braided hose which will form part of the hydroboost installation.

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  20. corazon

    corazon Well-Known Member

    A distinct lack of updates from me, I apologise.
    Getting really stuck into things now, but I've also been restoring a lathe which has taken longer than expected. This is mostly due to me going for a car body finish on the thing. I'll put some before and after photos up in the coming weeks when I've got it up and running, for those interested.
    Ok back to the Rover.
    I've just returned from the old school machine shop nearby with some finished parts.
    After a long long time I've finally got an updated anti roll bar. This started off as the 24mm Peugeot bar I bought last year. I got him to machine a taper after the hex radius. All in it has cost me £90.

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