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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:16 pm 
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Thought that I should start a project thread for my Russet 1300.
As you all may remember we found it like this -

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Russett brown 1980 Dolomite 1300, 40,000 miles; immaculate before it's elderley lost concentration for a moment.

Firstly the engine had to come out -

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You may remember that I collected this car in the west country & attempted to drive it back to Kendal only to blow the big ends at Lancaster.
The failure was due to lack of oil. I thought this was down to a crank case seal but no... it was down to me :roll:
I forget the first rule of driving an old car for a long distance ..... CHECK THE OIL REGULARLY!!!!!
Seals & gaskets were all fine so I guess that it just burned off. When I drained the oil I collected enough to fill a cereal bowl.

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Empty engine bay -

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Everything about this car looks no more than a couple of years old, I sometimes have to blink -

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So now I need to strip the engine and see what damage my stupidity has done.

Regarding the crash damage I got a couple of Russet doors from BlueDollySE -

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One of OEL's good points (there were not many) was that it had a good pair of front wings. In fact when I got them off they had "parts bin picking stickers" on the back dated 1992. This one is going on PYD -

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On Wednesday PYD will be picked up & carted off to Graham (The MIG). Graham is going to fit the wing, carry out a couple of other repairs and hang the doors.
Then the whole lot is going to be repainted in a loveley shade of Russett Brown.
Although PYD is a solid little car it's suffered a bit from "misjudgements" during its life. The nose has suffered quite badly from parking mishaps -

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So as well as the offside wing, doors & rear arch I am having the nose repainted too. I'm hoping that with Russett being a solid colour & PYD paint showing no signs of fading I'll get a good match.
Prior to going off to the body shop I stripped off the bumbers, all of the fittings on the front & the trim & doors on the offside. Got to keep the job as low cost as possible.

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Next submission I'll strip the engine & then some shots from the body shop.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:44 pm 
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Good on you mate; looking forward to see how it all pans out.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:34 pm 
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Love the look of those bent panels, gives it real character, how did the motor dies so quick, it does look almost brandnew.

Good luck with the Revamp

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 27, 2009 11:40 pm 
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nice work Mike, this car was a great find, a little cxracker and your resto of it will be great. Good work already (although not so much running with no oil :oops:). Great stuff, looking forward to the updates.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:35 am 
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The failure was due to lack of oil. I thought this was down to a crank case seal but no... it was down to me :roll:
I forget the first rule of driving an old car for a long distance ..... CHECK THE OIL REGULARLY!!!!!
Seals & gaskets were all fine so I guess that it just burned off. When I drained the oil I collected enough to fill a cereal bowl.
If the engine has burnt that much oil then there was obviously something wrong with it anyway!

Judging by how clean the car is ( :shock: ) it's going to be a cracker once finished 8)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:09 am 
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I make you right Howard, I did check the oil & top it up before setting out on my adventure. I covered 427 miles before it went pop. The rings at least must need changing.
"How did it die so quickly"? It died very quickly; I was zipping down the M6 quite happily at 55mph when the oil light flickered. I had about 15 seconds between the first flicker of the oil light & all hell breaking loose.

Can't wait to get the sump off & see what I've done. :)

Must say that as I have taken this apart I couldn't help but make comparisons between PYD & the Escort Mk3 that appeared in 1980 & would have been PYD's competition. I know it's been said before but gobsmacking that while Leyland were still putting this cast iron OHV into their cars & it was burning out rings in 40,000 miles Ford were developing & fitting the CVH.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 10:22 am 
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I make you right Howard, I did check the oil & top it up before setting out on my adventure. I covered 427 miles before it went pop. The rings at least must need changing.
"How did it die so quickly"? It died very quickly; I was zipping down the M6 quite happily at 55mph when the oil light flickered. I had about 15 seconds between the first flicker of the oil light & all hell breaking loose.
I had a 1975 Beetle detonate with no warning, again with new oil and perfect levels. The gudgeon pin clip and come loose...

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I also had a similar problem in my 1966 Beetle - that was a genuine one-owner 36,000 mile car, but had been used every week for all that time. Due to the constant short journeys, the engine had never got warm and on disassembly all of the bearings were completely scored.

And now my Sprint :evil:

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Mike,

Said it before but that is a lovely car. That is one very clean engine bay. When you strip the engine pay very careful attention to the oil ways. That lump looks almost brand new (look at the core plugs!!), and contrary to popular belief 1300's do not blow their bottom end without a problem or provocation, unless at much higher miles (though very short journeys may have taken a toll).

I suspect that lots of short journeys without the oil getting properly warm, has led to a build up of sludge in the block that has obstructed one or more of the oil galleries. You have a decent Motaquip filter so that won't be the culprit. Check your rocker shaft for 'blueing' as this will indicate a lack of oil to the top end (it relies on a tiny pulse from the camshaft) and is usually a tell-tale sign of blocked oilways. Inspect the followers closely as well.

It will be a shame if the crank is fubar'd at that mileage.

Fair play to you for doing this. 1300's are my favourite in the 'long boot' range.

It never ceases to amuse me that, whatever the exterior colour, they were all painted in what looks like pimento red underneath.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 28, 2009 11:16 am 
This is great. I must admit I do find some perverse pleasure in finding a panel from a Sprint being used on a Dolomite 1300 - it's normally the other way round of course.

That really does look a solid shell. I will follow this with interest. Great to see this and Richard's car receiving "the treatment".

Excellent news! :thumbsup:


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I know it's been said before but gobsmacking that while Leyland were still putting this cast iron OHV into their cars & it was burning out rings in 40,000 miles Ford were developing & fitting the CVH.
The CVH? Now that is an oil burner :evil: . Oh and the timing belts break regularly too.
You should always carry a spare rotor arm as these fail completely without any warning.

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Now that you mention it I do remember those maladies, must have looked better in 1980 though.
That said, I don't see too many people taking any time to preserve a 1980 era Mk3 Escort so the Dolly 1300 must be the ultimate winner.


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Good work so far Mike, keep us posted with progress 8)

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That will be a stunning little car. Good on you. Can't wait to see it's progress.

Well done mate.

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Great work, great pics...great stuff! :)


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The CVH? Now that is an oil burner :evil:
I know about this from experience. My last Sierra has a 1.8 CVH lump (Ford's version of the K series) which must have used more oil than petrol. I was told by a mechanic that if the engines overheat the piston rings go soft and wear.

Getting back on topic, is the wing fubar? It looks saveable and it is relatively rust free. If not then I'm sure it would yield some repair sections. I wish I could have done the same with Snowdrop but it was beyond my means so I had to cut my losses and concentrate on Brown instead. It'll be one of the nicest Dolly 1300s what it is done. They're very economical cars. I managed to get 400 miles out of a tankful of petrol before the TC conversion. I wish I could say the same with Brown.

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