The Range Rover project
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While I was busy getting covered in rust, Waxoyl and mud, my engine was living the good life at Dreadnought Garage.

A complete strip down and rebuild was underway - the only professional piece of work to be inflicted upon the poor vehicle. Probably the one item that will be going when the rest has long since rusted or fallen off.

Owner and technician Brian Luti - himself a Range Rover enthusiast with a Supercharged 3.9 - said that he had never seen a V8 with so much black goo on the heads.

Not the most reassuring statement, but it was not all bad news. A compression test had shown that the bore and the pistons were in good shape, to the point that you could still see the honing marks in the bore.

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Looks like someone filled the engine with wet coal dust Pretty grim stuff. So much it would even fall off
Looks like someone filled the engine with wet coal dust Pretty grim stuff. So much it would even fall off
Some people reccommend scrapping them when they look like this At least the cylinders were ok The bottom end was no shinier
Some people recommend scrapping them when they look like this At least the cylinders were ok The bottom end was no shinier
Designer painted trumpets.  Honest Top - new, bottom - old The shells also had to be replaced
Designer painted trumpets. Honest Top - new, bottom - old The shells also had to be replaced
A bit cleaner now In goes the new 3.9 camshaft... ...followed by new hydraulic lifters
A bit cleaner now In goes the new 3.9 camshaft... ...followed by new hydraulic lifters
New timing gear The head being worked on Composite gaskets were used
New timing gear The head being worked on Composite gaskets were used
On goes a head... ...and another Just to make it pretty you understand
On goes a head... ...and another Just to make it pretty you understand
Visible timing marks A lick of TVR purple for the rocker covers Starting to look engine shaped
Visible timing marks A lick of TVR purple for the rocker covers Starting to look engine shaped
High temperature paint for the manifolds Yup, it's an engine alright Outside head bolts left off so as not to put undue stress on the head
High temperature paint for the manifolds Yup, it's an engine alright Outside head bolts left off so as not to put undue stress on the head
The distributor gets some attention Not sure I want to get it dirty now Fully dressed and ready to go
The distributor gets some attention Not sure I want to get it dirty now Fully dressed and ready to go
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