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  False starts

Impatience was not only my new best friend, it had settled down and raised a family by this time.

Several false starts occurred, a couple of times when I had forgotten to connect injectors and coolant pipes. Several though, I could safely say, were not my fault.

When the engine did finally start and keep running, it sounded like a completely new engine. No longer did it have the rasp of an air cooled Volkswagen, or the rattle of a thousand midgets tap dancing on the bonnet. I was surprised, I had expected it to run rough for a while but it was smooth and responsive.

It's going through spark plugs slightly quicker than I would ideally like, but I am going to assume that this will wear off when the engine has settled down and burnt off all the reassembly oil.

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It sees daylight! Off to get the engine and gearbox dropped in It returns a couple of days later with said engine and box It still needs connected up though
It sees daylight! Off to get the engine and gearbox dropped in It returns a couple of days later with said engine and box It still needs connected up though
The air flow box gets connected Fuel pipes, vacume pipe, main power and downpipes all get connected The radiator gets fitted...
The air flow box gets connected Fuel pipes, vacuum pipe, main power and downpipes all get connected The radiator gets fitted...
...and connected... Followed by the fan and cowl.  The cowl later comes off as it fouls the fan The fuel filter needs connecting before I forget
...and connected... Followed by the fan and cowl. The cowl later comes off as it fouls the fan The fuel filter needs connecting before I forget
The driveshafts were greased and fitted The exhaust was fitted The clutch master cylinder needed de-rusting...
The driveshafts were greased and fitted The exhaust was fitted The clutch master cylinder needed de-rusting...
...and a healthy dose of Hammerite... ...before being fitted Turns out the clutch return spring also needed replacing
...and a healthy dose of Hammerite... ...before being fitted Turns out the clutch return spring also needed replacing
We need a battery First time started and the power steering box protests! A seal kit is obtained and fitted to stop the leak
We need a battery First time started and the power steering box protests! A seal kit is obtained and fitted to stop the leak
The next start and the fuel line joins the protest.  A new one is fitted Not wanting to be left out, the clutch decides not to work. Off come the cylinders The old slave cylinder is badly scored...
The next start and the fuel line joins the protest. A new one is fitted Not wanting to be left out, the clutch decides not to work. Off come the cylinders The old slave cylinder is badly scored...
...so a new one is fitted The master cylinder gets new seals for good measure The engine turns...
...so a new one is fitted The master cylinder gets new seals for good measure The engine turns...
...pollution is created... ...and it backs out under it's own steam! A bit grubby, but definetly Range Rover shaped
...pollution is created... ...and it backs out under it's own steam! A bit grubby, but definitely Range Rover shaped
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