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New addition - Green Ranger-gctid5171

Post by LeeSample » Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:27 am

once everything was all buttoned back up, we went for a test drive.



The acceleration is epic! and we managed an indicated 105mph on the dual carriageway! then we noticed that small cars were still overtaking us.... i think the speedometer is a bit out.....lol



finally we did an oil and filter change, did some tidying up, stuck some stickers on - tow point, fire extinguisher etc, and called it a day.



next week is my birthday, so the weekend will be ranger free for a bit of a break, then back to it for a timing check, tappets, mixture etc, and then it's ready for the 9th of Jan!!



thanks for reading,



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Post by LeeSample » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:24 pm

Hi all,

after a break of 2 years updating this thread, i thought it might be a good idea to let you know how things are going :lol:

A couple of weekends ago saw the annual MCC Edinburgh Trial, which takes place in Derbyshire. I had decided to take the whole family on this one, so a few minor mode were needed to ensure that all of the spares, kids stuff, luggage and kids seats would fit comfortably.

At stoneleigh last year i noticed that the bolt securing the alternator tensioner had sheared, so this was the first job. Water pump off, nut welded onto the remaining stud, and the offending broken bolt was removed. nice and easy! it was only when reassembling everything that I noticed the alternator casting had broken, so we ended up replacing the alternator at the same time!

next up was modifying the rear seat catches so the seats were a bit more reclined. This is because the trial takes place overnight, and i didnt want the kids slumped forwards in their seats if they fell asleep. as i went to tip the seat forwards to gain access to the catches, the bottom brackets securing the seat to the floor both sheared off! this meant that i needed to remove the upholstery and re weld the brackets. whilst i was there, i sorted out the sagging base and repadded it. as it happens, this meant the seat angle was much better, so i didn't have to change the catches at all 8-)

last up was a good look over everything, and then 2 hours with the machine polisher to try and clean her up a bit. i dont think it came out too bad, but more work is required!

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on to the trial!

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Post by LeeSample » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:34 pm

On the night of the trial, we loaded up and set off for the start at Tamworth at 10pm. our start time was 01:47, so we had plenty of time to plod up there, go through scrutineering, and sign on.
as it happens, it was a good job we did, as the centre exhaust gasket failed, so i had to effect a temporary repair using chemical metal. note to anyone else who tires this - it absolutely STINKS when you cook it on an exhaust manifold! thankfully the stench cleared after 5 mins, and all was well again.

the trial was a mixed bag of success and failure. the previous wet weather had made previously 'easy' sections borderline unpassable, and I failed a few that had never caused me any problems i the past. on the flip side of the coin, i managed to clean a couple of sections that had eluded me in the past, so I was pretty happy, especially as i was carrying a good deal more weight than normal....

Start of the trial

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looking happy despite the lack of sleep

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and some random ones throughout the day

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and then following the trial, i found that I had been ploughing at some point :lol:

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Post by LeeSample » Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:39 pm

Following the trial, I have a long list of stuff that needs to be done:

1. Replace front sidelights/indicators with LED units
2. Replace failing rear light clusters with LED units
3. refit alloys using new studs and wheel nuts (tyres on the weller wheels are now not legal for trials, so i have to fit some that are on the new list)
4. create and fit front competition number holder, preferably illuminated.
5. fix the maplight switch that the wife broke :roll:
6. replace the front seats with the MG metro ones i have
7. fabricate and fit a new solution for the rear light board im currently using (broke it a bit on a tree!)
8. service
9. MOT
10. bit more cleaning / polishing
11. fabricate and fit a sump guard
12. fabricate and fit a tank guard.

I'll try to update a bit more regularly from now on!
cheers for reading,

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Post by LeeSample » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:56 am

still a bit slack on the updating front.... :roll:

1. Replace front sidelights/indicators with LED units - DONE
2. Replace failing rear light clusters with LED units - DONE
3. refit alloys using new studs and wheel nuts - DONE
4. create and fit front competition number holder, preferably illuminated. - STILL TO DO
5. fix the maplight switch that the wife broke :roll: - DONE
6. replace the front seats with the MG metro ones i have - DONE
7. fabricate and fit a new solution for the rear light board im currently using (broke it a bit on a tree!) - STILL TO DO
8. service - STILL TO DO
9. MOT - DONE
10. bit more cleaning / polishing - ERM, YEAH.....
11. fabricate and fit a sump guard - STILL TO DO
12. fabricate and fit a tank guard. - STILL TO DO

I am being a bit useless on the photo front, especially when i am on my own working on the ranger.

before xmas, i got cracking with the ranger in readiness for the january MCC exeter trial. this time i would be having a serious crack at class 7, so i needed things to be spot on.

first up was changing the very poor indicator and sidelight units for some LED ones, and wiring up the headlamp bowl sidelights. you can see the indicator in this pic of me mid tyre changing:

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i thought i had taken some pics of all of the other stuff, but i can't find them, so it seems not. sorry! you can see from the list above that it all seems to be going ok though.

I also fitted some of the amber LED units above the front arches as side repeaters, and i intend to fit some above the rear door as high level indicators, and a red one or two as high level brake lights. there'll be no missing me then!

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Re: New addition - Green Ranger-gctid4021

Post by LeeSample » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:06 am

as for the trial itself - it went well. very very well in fact!

up until the mid way breakfast stop we had cleaned every section, and were feeling cautiously optimistic. after all, this was the 'big boy' trial, not class O, so it wasn't going to be a pushover.

after breakfast we had a section that i had failed in previous years, so I was a little apprehensive - we failed to get off the restart, despite giving it everything we had. in hindsight, a little more finesses and a lot less right foot might have seen us get out, but that will have to wait till next year :(

everything else went well after that, with only the formidable Simms Hill stopping us (and a LOT of others) in our tracks. although i was very proud that we got higher than i had managed the last year by some 4 or 5 car lengths. so still a good result in my mind!

we got down to the last two hills, with a bronze medal in sight. a failure on either of these would mean no medal. no pressure then!

Tipley was first. a notoriously hard and rocky section, good at puncturing tyres and dashing hopes and dreams....

we got out!!! not without some trouble - we almost ground to a halt on the restart, but managed to keep it going with some superb guidance and energetic bouncing from my co pilot Simon. as we crested the top, i realised we had a puncture, and only while we were changing it did Simon inform me that we had suffered it near the bottom, but he didn't say anything, as we were still going up :D

finally we had Slippery Sam - the name says it all. plus rocks and holes. :shock:

we climbed out ok though, to much jubilation! we had scored a bronze medal! my first in the main trial classes, and i think its safe to say the first Ranger in class seven to get a medal for quite a few years 8-)

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Re: New addition - Green Ranger-gctid4021

Post by LeeSample » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:10 am

a few hastily chucked together pics from the trial:

at the haynes control stop:

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mini action shot on simms (will find a better one)

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stopping to nick a spare wheel from a friends escort on the way home (id punctured both of my spares, as had Matt, and was getting a bit twitchy!)

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and the current state of play:

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thanks for reading!

Lee

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Re: New addition - Green Ranger-gctid4021

Post by LeeSample » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:17 am

also have a short video of myself and then matt, both failing to climb Simms Hill:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UytVnQ-8uqk

the Rangers are from about 50 seconds in

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