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Post by Out_of_This_World » Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:17 pm

Hi Tony,

Many thanks for that

It will save a lot of searching. It is much easier to find one's way when put on the right road. Thanks again.

Good Luck,

Bernard

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Post by Ex_Member » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:27 pm

You've got me worried now, Bernard. My new Ranger, unlike Angie's, is self colour, i.e. a delicate shade of rust. It looks like surface corrosion but having seen what goes on in the hidden corners I will certainly strip it to the chassis as part of the planned rebuild. I suppose in theory the body should come off without angle grinding more than the fixings. We'll see.

I'm fascinated by the work you guys are doing on the epas. As you'll see when I write it up for Recycle, there was a load of work to fit the hydraulic pas rig, though I have no complaints about performance. That system works at speed too, in fact in theory it should work better when the pump is at full tilt, definitely not what you want!

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Post by Simon_Admin » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:33 pm

If I started again I would take the body off, as I regret not splitting the two. I was working underneath last night on the fuel lines and there is still mud stuck between the body and the chassis.  Good job it's galvanised.



Too late now, will have to save the body off experience for when (not if) the TVR chassis needs the attention of the welding kit :o

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Post by Out_of_This_World » Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:10 am

Hi JJ,

When I removed half the body from the dead Rickman I found that it was impossible to loosen the securing bolts.  The slots in the heads would not hold a screwdriver to allow the nuts to be removed.  (RUST, etc. >:( >:().

I overcame the problem by using an angle grinder, edge on, on the HEADS until down to the bolt and then broke off the remaining part of the head with a sharp chisel.

This method did cause a little damage (would be dependant on the size of the grinding disk) but could have been repaired if needed, as it was I didn't care because that part of the  body was being scrapped anyway.

Good luck,

Bernard

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Post by Out_of_This_World » Tue Mar 09, 2010 8:27 pm

Hi,

Just thought that I would show this minor modification to our Rickman.

Those members that can remember my earlier posts,  I don't think that the nosecome should be cut away to overcome cooling problems.

Most Rickmans have larger engines and other bits added to it not intended for the Escort and also has a lot less space in the engine bay plus the fact that it is fibreglass and resin.

My personal theory is "add more water"  I did this change on our dead Rickman and had no problems afterwards so decided on the same course of action on our latest.

I fitted an expansion tank from a Skoda Favorit this can be see in the photograph, put in a little extra "plumbing", and this has solved the problem we had of after parking the radiator would leak water through the overflow. Convection, no ram effect and all that. >:(

I did spend some time looking for a suitable expansion tank and found that, with our setup, the Skoda tank fitted nicely in the space available and still allowed working space.

Good luck,

Bernard

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Post by Ex_Member » Thu Mar 11, 2010 12:24 am

Can you tell me where you have the bottom hose plumbed in to? nice clean engine bay by the way.

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Post by Out_of_This_World » Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:37 pm

Hi Eddie,

They say a picture paints a thousand words  ----,

Here's three thousand hope you can see how I did it -- used the normal water pump connection and split the heater hose.

Good luck,

Bernard

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Post by Ex_Member » Fri Mar 12, 2010 8:39 am

That would surely gladden a plumber's heart, Bernard.

I like the overflow, neatly run around the edge of the glass fibre. Is it 10mm copper? Did you form the ends in any way to be sure of a seal to the jubilee clipped rubber connectors?

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Post by Out_of_This_World » Sat Mar 13, 2010 8:57 am

Hi JJ,

Thanks for you comments.

It is 10mm copper tube that I purchased on eBay at a STUPID price :)and I overcome the risk of the rubber tubing blowing off by soldering a spiral  (a couple or so turns) of copper wire to the actual tube and ensuring that the jubilee clip is behind the "spiral".

Good luck,

Bernard  

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Post by Out_of_This_World » Wed May 12, 2010 10:59 pm

About three weeks ago on our way home luckily, the Rickman developed a bad cough.

We limped home and it seemed as if a plug was mis-firing but not always the same plug.  Varying lumpy I suppose is a reasonable description.

The following day she (the car, I never call Sylvia she) decided that there would be no sparking at all.

The culprit was the capacitor for the points. This was duly changed and I thought "what the hell" you've started now so do the lot.

I did, --  changed points, capacitor as I said, and rotor arm, job done.

On Monday on our way to "work" (we still do voluntary work though retired)  going through our village I stalled the engine (I thought).

Nothing, cursary look couldn't see anything obviously untoward.

Luckily a neighbour stopped and asked could they help and I said a tow home would be nice, only about a quarter mile away. So this was the next step.

Have you ever tried to turn a car around in the rush hour without power in a small village?  

When we got home we  left the car and went to "work".

On Tuesday time for real troubleshooting, I again tried the obvious and coat of looking at didn't reveal anything so, logic.

Distributer cap off, oh dear, the picture shows what I found underneath.

In all my years this is a first for me ( and I've worked on some very old cars) I haven't heard of it happening either.

The rotor arm simply resting in the distriboter in pieces, NO OTHER damage or signs of damage whatever.

I am contemplating approching Motorcraft for comments though I don't hold out much hope.

If a plane crashes and the pilot dies the cause is pilot error  If an automotive part fails it's incorrect fitting if  computer fails "what have you done"  Syndrome.

Comments ???.

Good luck,

Bernard

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