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  • 64osby
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    Originally posted by worldofinflation View Post
    Excellent. I'm not usually a fan of vanity plates but 'Blimey' sure is a good one.
    Hence the title of the thread.

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  • worldofinflation
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    Excellent. I'm not usually a fan of vanity plates but 'Blimey' sure is a good one.

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  • 64osby
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    ​​​​​Had a short day of work and a nice day for this time of year. Temps in the 50's. It was time to install the cap.

    I was able to drive the Rover out from under the carport. All of 15 feet. Cleaned up the mess that was under it and covered the drive with kitty litter.

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    Used a furniture dolly to roll the cap in place. Then attached four straps to a Douglas Fir 2x8 that spans the carport supports.

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    With my son helping we lifted the cap using the straps.

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    ​​​​​​ I was able to back up under the cap and attach it to the wind screen.

    Lifted the back portion as high as possible to install the tub to cap seals. I've seen where most people use some form of contact cement. I decided to try some Gorilla double sided tape. It worked pretty good. Cleaned the seals with acetone and slowly applied the tape. The second seal had big bend in it that created some issues. The seal tucked up in place and the tape adhered to the vertical surface.

    Dropped the cap in place and added the hardware. The biggest headache was getting the center attachment to align with the tub and the seat bracket. Had to get creative to compress the seal to get all the holes aligned. Also put double sided tape on my finger to hold the nut to get it in place.

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    It was a good day!
    Progress
    Last edited by 64osby; 11-30-2022, 08:41 AM.

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  • 64osby
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    Automated car wash for the Rover will never happen! It may peel the last of my OEM paint off. Time will tell if the seals are air tight.

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  • RustCollector
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    Good luck with that. I tried the adhesive kind that sticks to the flap (if I remember right), and I couldn't get it to fit right. I went the the OEM style, which fit but are not air tight. It's just one reason that I never do automated car washes in the Rover. Let us know how it works!

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  • 64osby
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    After ordering the vent seals that go on the vents instead of on the bulkhead I decided to order some inexpensive 1/2" bulb to mate with the vent seals. Maybe a double seal will keep things dry on the inside of the bulkhead.

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  • 64osby
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    Still like to know why screen shots don't post like pictures.

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  • 64osby
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    I've been looking for some reasonable used tires for when this project gets roadworthy. I don't see many 235/85/16 listed and really don't want to invest big dollars until I'm sure all systems are go. My current tires are 20 years old and three of them have great tread but are rotted, splits, weather checks and not safe.

    Found a good deal on two Goodyear Wranglers that will help the cause.

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    Hoping to get the cap on tomorrow before the rain starts.

    Progress.

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  • 64osby
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    Removed the ammeter with the thought that there is not much to loose by opening it up.

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    Sure enough I had let the magic smoke out. Did a little digging and found a found wire that was similar in gauge. Disassembled the gauge, removed the toasted wire and installed a replica.

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    Mangled the needle and was able to straighten it up pretty good. Had fun putting it all back together. It is not quite pointing at zero and will work on adjusting it a little more.

    Pulled the dynamo and cleaned it up a little more. Reinstalled it, even plugged it in this time ( might be why there was no current). Fired up the motor and... ...the dynamo and the ammeter are working. Who knows for how long or how accurate.

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    Fun stuff and progress!

    Next up try and fix the swivel seal, again.

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  • 64osby
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    I had a couple electric fuel pumps delivered for testing and possibly more. Plumbed in the pump, switch and tanks.

    To quote Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) "It's Alive".

    Fired right up. Happened so fast I couldn't believe it.

    Further inspection revealed the dynamo was not providing any charge. My cheap meter showed 1 volt, no continuity. Pulled it.
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    Brushes were stuck. Cleaned them up and they were moving as they're supposed to. It now tests at just over 6 ohms which is close to spec. Reinstalled and still getting 1 volt.

    Decided to look at the regulator. Pushed in the D side contact and it stuck and things went south. Looks like I let the magic smoke out of the ammeter. I can buy pass the meter and it runs, still has the amp light on. On to more testing and troubleshooting.

    I thought I pretty smart when I picked up two dynamos at a car show last year. Had just put them in storage. Pulled one out to see if I could make it work. Tried to put it in. Pulled it back out as it would not fit. Never realized that it was a different size until they were placed side by side.

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    On to more trouble shooting and to see if the ammeter is repairable or needs to be replaced.

    ​​​​​​​Progress.

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  • 64osby
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    My old seals were hard and crusty. Some areas had fallen off leaving 3" gaps. Most other areas were cracked. Almost anything would be better.

    The tub to cap seals were the same, hard and crusty with missing areas. Ordered new but only received one, the other is on backorder. Placing the cap on the tub is going to take longer than expected.

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  • S3ute
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    Hello again.

    I have a couple of packets of the vent seals that are fixed to the bulkhead rather than the movable flaps. One is Britpart and the other of unknown branding other than the serial number and C of O noted as the UK.

    Haven’t got around to fitting anything yet. The originals aren’t in particularly bad shape despite being nearly 50 years old. I had heard that getting the flaps to close after the new seals have been fitted can be an exercise requiring a fair bit of patience - another reason why they are still there unopened I suppose.

    Cheers,

    Neil

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  • 64osby
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    I did see the origin.

    The seals did fit the vent flaps nicely. Double stick tape, an 1/8" of foam with about 3/16" of rubber on top outer. I installed them and cranked the flaps tight. Will let them set for several days before opening them up.

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  • S3ute
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    Hello from Brisbane.

    If it’s any consolation going by the Country of Origin that Britpart package might contain some cheap British product rather than their now more familiar cheap Chinese products. On the other hand it might be a good British product - 50:50 chance I suppose.

    Cheers,

    Neil
    Last edited by S3ute; 11-25-2022, 08:23 AM.

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  • 64osby
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    Yesterday I received a package from AB. One of the items contained within was vent seals.

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    These are the seals that fit in/on the vent not on the bulkhead. Another mistake in ordering on my behalf, maybe.

    I installed them today after the turkey was put in the roaster. Time will tell if they work. I debate buying some cheap bulb to go on the bulkhead or buying the bulkhead seals.

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