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Rover Repairs

I have not done a Rover post in a while, simply because I have not worked on the vehicle in a while. I have not been idle on that front however, as I’ve been hoarding Rover parts for at least a year, and quite possibly two.

Since my work truck now has a body shop appointment, due to an Out of State Trespasser, I will need the old Land Rover for a week or two on the job, so my motivation to rid the Rover Hut of parts has grown considerably.

As in life, one part going out, leads to the replacement of several others, and such is the World of Land Rovers. After installing the new Turner engine in San Antonio, I found that this motor was not happy with the standard mechanical fuel pump. I then installed an inline electric pump, which made all the difference. The added benefit to the electric pump, was that the problem of vapor lock dissipated. Living in Alaska, vapor lock was like the Yeti: the stuff of legends. Traveling in Texas and Mexico, brought the beast out into the realm of reality.

The electric pump recently fried out, which started this whole affair. The last time The Rover was in the Lower 48, my gas tank started to leak at the seam. I had heard that rubbing Ivory bar soap at the point of the leak, would seal the thing, and sure enough, Ivory worked like a charm. In fact, that field repair ended up lasting several Years, and yes, I meant to capitalize that. Obviously, once one replaces the fuel pump, one might as well replace the leaking tank, especially since a new tank is sitting under the work bench.

Dropping the old tank on this truck is relatively easy, although a tad harder when it is almost full. One thing that constantly amuses me, hours later, is how a simple item like a gas tank can change over the years. One would think at 52 years old, the mold would be kind of locked into a pattern, but no. This isn’t the first time I’ve replaced the tank, so I know that the tank has grown in length incrementally over the years. That is only a problem due to the fact that the tank fits into a fixed amount of space. You’ll get the thing in there, but it will take a bit of pressure.

Rovers North claims that the new tank has been tested for leaks. It better be, but I’ll carry a bar of Ivory just in case.

Since I was under The Rover, and the tail pipe had broken from the muffler, and since I have the replacement parts, I decided to pull the exhaust too. I know what you’re thinking, the tailpipe was hanging there just fine from the clamps, but there is another reason for the exhaust removal. That will be for another post, assuming the job goes in the direction of the plan.

While dropping the muffler, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a brown blur racing at me. I had just enough time to jump up, and bang my head, which caused the blur to change direction before running through my hair. I thought I knew what it was, but I hadn’t seen it for a while. Sure enough, the little force of nature came zipping by me again, and this time I was able to get a good look at it.

It was my resident weasel, which I’ve written about on here before. He was living in my wood shed this past winter, but as each week passed, and the wood pile became smaller and smaller, he was forced to find another place to live. He’s brown now, with the black-tipped tail. The weasel is as feisty as ever, not even remotely impressed by my presence, and quite possibly still holding a grudge.

Spongy Clutch

Removed Tunnel

With it being another nice day in the far north, I was back in the Rover Hut today to pick up where I left off in Rover Refurbishment. A spongy clutch had me concerned that the clutch slave cylinder needed to be replaced. Several years ago, I chose to replace the seals and rebuilt the slave cylinder instead of replacing it. After removing the transmission tunnel, which I really didn’t want to do again, and pumping the clutch, I quickly saw that it was the hose from the slave that was seeping fluid.

Early Series IIa Clutch hose

Removing the old hose went easily, one of the perks of previous oil leakage. The bracket holding the hose to the firewall had a broken set of rivets, so even with drilling the old ones out and riveting the bracket back in place, the hose replacement took less than 30 mins.

Series Slave Cylinder

Both the hose and bleeder are on the top of the slave. I took the bleeder out for ease of getting at the hose in the back. Note to Land Rover: A swivel fitting on the slave end of the hose would have been a really nice design feature.

Anyone who has tried to bleed a Series system knows that it’s best to have a supply of Scotch nearby on the day the bleed is attempted. It’s one of those nasty activities that one needs to mentally psych up for, before even opening the can of DOT 4. I hate to say it went well, but it turned out to be only a beer night and not a Scotch night.

I am not quite ready to put the floor panels and tunnel back in, however. It’ll be a challenge with last night’s fresh snow, but I’ll just lay the floor boards in and get it on the road first before I tighten everything down. Past experience tells me that I have a few bubbles to shake loose first.

30 Degrees!

It finally warmed up enough to get the new radiator in The Rover.

Radiator Puncture
Leakage source

The missile launched was a direct hit on the not so old radiator. Damn trucks running mudders.

New Radiator
The new, matte black radiator in place

It wasn’t a bad swap, but this time the holes on the shroud did not match up with those on the new radiator’s framing, which was a bit of a surprise, since last time it was perfect. I bought a new radiator hose pick that really worked slick. Well worth the purchase. I replaced all the hoses, but the old ones will go in the tool box as emergency spares, since they really were not very old.

I installed my cold front today as well. Not to increase my heater output, but to protect the new radiator from incoming missiles.

Lucas Wiper Motor Rebuild

Lucas – Inventor of the first intermittent wiper…

Lucas Series IIa Wiper Motor

When I made the Rover Run into Mexico, the passenger side wiper worked just fine. At some date since then, it stopped working. Since I rarely, i.e. never, bother to turn on the passenger side, it is hard to say how long it has been on the fritz. With the new windscreens. I figured I might as well open the unit up and re-grease it, and do anything else it may need to operate again.

Inside cover removed from Lucas motor

Getting the interior side cover off was a breeze. The electrical brushes looked fairly good, but I’ll attempt to find a new set and replace them since I’ve gone this far. The plate that blocks the exterior side cover has been a little less cooperative.

The driver’s side motor works, but I’d like to refurbish that one as well. I figured I’d practice on the passenger side first. This way, I also have a complete unit intact, for re-assembly purposes.