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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 7:57 pm 
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Fantastic! So close now 8)

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 8:29 pm 
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Absoluetly fantastic, would be a shame to use it. If only leyland had produced them that good in the first place. Well done I've truly enjoyed this rebuild. Total inspiration.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:11 am 
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Have I spotted a continuity error? I'm sure in those last pics the front spoiler has made a bid for freedom?

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After three years and nearly 450 posts the end is in sight.

You must be feeling quite tingly now Mike.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:35 am 
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Very tingly Martin & yes Mark you are correct, at the final drop of the car onto the subframe the spoiler blocked the way. As a tip to others planning this method in the future don't bother fitting the viscous coupling. That's what fouled the spoiler & I eventually had to take off the coupling anyway to get the radiator in without wrecking it. You live & learn.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 9:45 pm 
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Well finally, VA969 lives & breaths again as I hope you can see from the blurred fan in this picture -

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I did try to upload a video but failed;it was a really pleasing day. Having spun the oil pump over with a drill to get the oil around we fitted the dizzy (plate & position set ala Mad Mart during build). We primed the carbs by electrically sucking fuel through to the float chamber on the front carb.
There was a momentary flat spot when the engine failed to turn but a light tap on the starter with a hammer got it spinning and VA969 fired and started at the second crank. Couldn't have been more perfect, even idled & is oh so smooth.

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The engine has a new camshaft so at John Atkinson's recomendation following first start up was held at 2000 RPM until it had warmed up. The temperature gauge held just below the centre mark.
Once the car was warm I drove it up and down the industrial estate a few times to settle the suspension :D & we then set the tracking, camber, headlamps & the brake load sensing valve.
I really want to thank both John Atkinson & Dale Sharp of Atkinson/Sharp in Kendal. Both are former BL fitters and I have learned more in the last few weeks than I could have imagined. Their help at the back end in final finishing to the car has been invaluable.

MOT tomorrow at 10am, wish both 969 & I luck.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:08 pm 
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Wow Mike, so close! Bet you won't catch a wink of sleep tonight :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:55 am 
So how wide is your grin Mike? (answer in feet and inches please) :D


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:47 am 
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Well done Mike. Please take a photo of the MOT testers face! :shock:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:53 am 
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So how wide is your grin Mike? (answer in feet and inches please) :D
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Well done Mike. Please take a photo of the MOT testers face! :shock:
I've got a mental picture of an MOT tester walking around underneath this yellow masterpiece shaking his head in disbelief while Mike looks on from the background bouncing up 'n down like a 5 year old on Christmas morning. I wish I could be there to watch.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:07 am 
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Mike,
Whats the thinking behind running a new camshaft at 2K rpm on startup? Is this to remove imperfections or just to shove as much lubrication around as fast as possible?

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:23 pm 
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Well the MOT tester did stand back in disbelief & following some seatbelt waggling passed 969 with a clean sheet, the car is now MOT'd taxed and on the road 8) I had time for a 10 mile drive tonight which was delivered with perfection.

Apparently a new cam should be run continuously at highish revs for a while from first start up.It ensures a good bed in. well from John's point of view anyway.

I'll post some pictures of the car on the road tomorrow, I'm a bit emotionally drained tonight.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:19 pm 
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Great stuff Mike 8)

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:06 pm 
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Can't wait for the photos!

Now we're just waiting for your roadtest verdict. What's it like to drive a brand new Sprint? :mrgreen:

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Excellent Mike.
Now the real fun begins.

I have greatly admired your dedication and hope this is rewarded with further enjoyment of your car for a long time
to come.
Next week sometime I'll read this thread again from start to finish.
You'll feel you have so much time on your hands?

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