Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Its been a year

How time files, it was time for the second MOT on the estate, which it passed yesterday with No Advisories, and 4064 miles on the clock.

My friendly MOT tester likes it, and since he has to test the brakes with a Tapley Meter, ends up road testing it, "That pulls well" he says.

Its not stayed locked away since the RBRR - which accounted for about 2500 of those miles, we have done a few shows, Star90, local club days etc on a regular basis keeping it running and on the road at least once or twice a month.

On reflection its been quite trouble free since the start of the RBRR, which I now note with shock after the trails and tribulations of the first 500 - 600 miles.

Its got a few little rattles in the cockpit now, which I need to chase down, more niggles than anything else, but the rest of it has settled down well. There's a small oil drip from the Stag Oil pump - usual place from the relief valve O ring - thats going to drip - not worth the aggro of fixing. More annoying the expensive rebuilt BW35 is dripping some ATF - its probably the sump gasket, again it'll probably get left for now.

The front diff breather still vents a little oil. One day I'll get brave enough to remove it and try it in its original unvented design, now I know that I have been over filling it. It requires a pint of EP90, but to the threads on the filler plug it takes a litre or 2 and a bit pints, so no wonder it tries to chuck some of the excess out, but somehow the front diff oil filling ritual on the RBRR still lives with me, its a part of the car and me now.

I'd like to fix the slight contact with the transmission tunnel from the transfer box when you go round right hand bends and big bumps, so I might now remove the extra packing shims I fitted, since all the rubber mounts have now settled and see if that fixes things.

It'll be good to drive it to the 2000 Register National in 2 weeks time - it had to be trailered there last year.

The estate has had a lot of pictures taken of it in the past year or so, some of Theo's were fantastic from the RBRR, but my current recent favourite was taken by Colin Radford at Star90, and here it is, very retro, very 70s, very similar to a Triumph Publicity Shot from the period - thanks Colin

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