OCC 469 - restoring & running a "sharkstooth" 2000

Phil Robson

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Thanks Harvey! Tried this last night & it took about 5 minutes to get the engine back on the gearbox.

I did have it lined up properly beforehand, but a top tip! It's saved me hours of frustration & rude words ;)
 

Phil Robson

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I have just set things up manually & by ear so far but everything is going smoothly. I've finally bid the engine rattle 'good bye'! :cool: Hopefully I'll get it set up by strobe at the weekend.

Having done around 25 miles 'bedding in' I did have another rattle but it was coming from the dynamo & sounded like a duff bearing or similar. Having researched possible new or refurbished ones, I thought I'd just check the easy stuff first. Turned out that I hadn't done the rear bolt up from when I loosely assembled everything before the engine went back in....:rolleyes:. As we always say: "try the easy things first!"

We're intending to take OCC to the all Rover rally at East Kirkby in Lincolnshire next month, so I want to get a couple of hundred miles under its belt before then, so we've got a bit of confidence. Hopefully we'll see some of you guys there.
 

sdibbers

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I love it when it’s something simple! Congrats on having the engine in and getting OCC running. If you’re like me you’ll be paranoid for a while with every noise.
 

Phil Robson

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150 miles now & another loose dynamo bolt :rolleyes: but otherwise doing great!

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I'm looking forward to going to the All Rover Rally at East Kirkby...... not sure if Karen , my wife is as keen on going in this P6. She wants to go in Hazel instead, but if all's OK in the next week, we'll go in OCC :)
 

Phil Robson

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We had a good do at the Rover rally on Saturday; here's OCC with some friends:

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The oldest & roughest-looking P6 there! However, the car went really well, doing a lot of miles at or close to the speed limits. She's pretty well run in again now.

Before we went, I thought I'd install an entertainment system (or do we call them 'solutions' now?). I'd gleaned from people I'd spoken with that some 70s radios had a switch to change to +ve earth & sure enough, one I'd had for decades had! I managed to install it relatively easily after a bit of faffing with the aerial. I think it looks good:

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It's truly evocative of the old days as it's only got AM & LW. The sound through the one (original) speaker is actually quite good & rich, although AM does have a tendency to go quiet when you pass under wires etc ;)

You may have also noticed Esso's 'Mr Drip' hanging from the Reserve knob:

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A period mod I believe.....:cool:
 

Phil Robson

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I'm still on with the seat restoration Rejuvenating (very dry) leather seats

This is the underside of an early front seat, with its different forward & back adjusting handle & cables:

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I have also got the clock working Series 1 clock & have been tweaking its speed over the last two weeks. It now is pretty spot on after 5 days, so I'm happy with that. Probably the best accuracy I can remember even when we had them in the 70s!
 

Phil Robson

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OCC's ignition warning light has started to stay on & when I charged the battery up & it was still the same :(. Also, as I'm having problems with getting BOP's ignition light to go off (charging fine), I thought this was going to be another of those difficult to solve problems.

Tonight I thought I'd just check the connections on the dynamo & one seemed a little loose to the touch, so I started to dismantle the air filter & carb heat shield to get better access. That's when I noticed this:

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Fortunately, it's as simple as the fan belt having given up :). Come to think of it, I had heard a bit of a clicking last time I was out....
 
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Phil Robson

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I have done a bit of touching up of the labelling of knobs & switches on OCC to lift it from that 'worn-out' appearance. You may recall the Petrol Reserve knob (unique type on early cars) in the earlier picture:

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Well, after not too much effort, I got to this point:

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This is merely using a small paintbrush with cellulose paint, then wiping off with a cloth lightly dampened with thinners. You may need a few goes to get it right. The colour should probably be 'off-white' but I'm happy with it as it is. I've also done the gearknob which had nothing left on it:

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(Note the small rubber gaiter - again on early cars).

It's always said that 'it's the detail that counts' & it does make a big difference to the driving experience as things like this lift the car. I have changed the switch backings to ones with good print, although I've yet to find one for the wiper switch (please contact me if you have one for sale...):

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Demetris

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Painting the various knobs and switches was one of the first jobs i did to the interior of my Rover. As you say it makes a difference between a well worn and a smart interior. If you can't find good switch backings you can ask a print and label shop (i am not sure how to say this correctly in English but you get the idea) for some copies. I have a few custom to made to compliment the A/C controls in my car. It is not expensive or difficult, but you have to provide a dimensioned draw in WORD, and finding the correct fonts might take some time and patience.
 
Part of my discovery journey last week end as I was busy cleaning the fuel line from carburetor backwards. I was done with the fuel pump

and going further, I find this enigmatic T junction : 2 lines into 1, hemmm... What the heck is this? Humm, a pull cable?.... let's have a look inside...(remember, I am a LR serie (rugged vehicle) enthusiast, not yet acquainted with Rover cars...)

how nice is this?!
 
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