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Minor update

Since getting back from Teledu, I've worked out a rough itinerary and booked all my accommodation for the LEO run, dug various camping gear out of the loft and discovered that quite a bit has gone missing/got broken since the last time I used it (many years ago), pitched my tent in the living room, washed my sleeping bag, went to the giant car boot sale at Clitheroe and failed to find any camping gear for sale (somewhat bizarrely - maybe it had all been bought up already by the time I got there), and bought some overpriced pans in Millets and an airbed from Argos (those foam pad things are crap). I still need to find a decent lamp and a few other things.

I've also:
  • Informed the DVLA and my insurance company of Fenchurch's change of colour.
  • Converted her to Negative Earth and replaced the battery terminals with the clamp type. This is mainly a prerequisite to fitting various negative earth equipment like the electronic ignition, rev counter, stereo, etc.
  • Changed the engine oil and filter after running a bottle of flushing detergent through it.
  • Fiddled with the carb settings because the idle was too fast and the choke wasn't working right.
  • Moved the back door hinges a bit because the doors were banging into each other at the top.
  • Checked and adjusted all the brakes, discovering in the process that one of the rear hub oil seals has started leaking and will need replacing ASAP.
  • Greased the trunnions and track rod ends. While doing this I noticed that one of the steering gaiters has split and will need replacing because oil squirts out of it every time I apply tight lock.
  • Replaced the driver's side door interior light switch, then realised there was probably nothing wrong with the old one; the problem was that the terminal was shorting against the inner wing.
  • Wasted most of an afternoon trying unsuccessfully to repair a faulty £6 part which I bought it so long ago that I would have difficulty locating the receipt for it. In hindsight not a very good use of my limited time, but before I started it looked like it would only take half an hour to fix.
  • Started making a template for the new instrument panel. It's going to go in place of the driver's side glovebox and will contain a rev counter, ammeter, oil pressure gauge, and water temperature gauge. They're all classic Smiths instruments with chrome bezels and look very shiny.

Strangely, the timing cover oil seal has stopped leaking without having done anything except buy the parts I need to replace it. I'm not sure why. There's still plenty of oil in the engine...


Fenchurch sounds lovely.
Wish I had a garage and space to tinker on something nice!
:-D good luck with the rear oil seals- that's a bastard of a job.
i find it's actually beneficial if the rear doors need to be closed together or not at all- if you think about it, there's not a lot of rigidity in that rear frame, and if the doors are a tight fit, their being closed stiffens the back end up a lot and stops a lot of creaking and rattling generally.
I've got a surfeit of steering rack gaiters, I can post you a pair if you like. I'm not likely to use four of them in the forseeable future..
I used to remove the rear hubs and clean the shoes with lighter fluid every two weeks.. Much easier than wrestling with the unfeasibly large and inaccesible nut on the end of the axle..
I've had the rear hubs off before but didn't change the bearings and seals. I bought a spanner that fits the large nuts. The bearings are a really tight fight on the stub axles and I had to improvise a hub puller to crank them off using the wheel nuts.

The back doors still touch at the top but I don't have to force them closed now.

A pair of steering gaiters would be great! Can you send them to the work address shown here please? Do you want anything for the postage etc.?
been there, done that.. i gave up in the end (after bending a large variety of tools trying to remove the hubs with the exact same principle) and eventually sent it to a garage, who stopped one seal from leaking and made up for it by fitting the second in such a way as it leaked more than it had when i took it to the garage.. it still leaks now, and occasionally I clean it out again. eventually I'm going to re-condition a second axle, just to eliminate the dreadful job they did of it.

I wouldn't worry about postage, they weigh little. i dug 'em out today, so I'll wrap 'em up and despatch 'em in the next couple of days.
Both hubs now reconditioned. It wasn't massively difficult, though only time will tell if the new seals work. The trick to getting the hubs off if they're jammed onto the stub axles and you don't have a proper hub puller is to remove the halfshaft and big nut, find a piece of 6-8mm thick rectangular steel bar roughly 50mm x 150mm, put the wheel back on with the piece of steel sandwiched between the wheel and the stub axle, then gradually crank the wheel nuts down. Once the hub has started moving you can wiggle the wheel back and forth to pull it the rest of the way off. To put them back on, the trick is to temporarily fit the half-shaft, make sure the splines are meshed with the diff, then whack hard on the centre of the half shaft with a big soft mallet. If you try to knock it on without the half-shaft in place the bearing will probably pop back out of the hub, as I discovered tonight. Definitely beg borrow or steal a correctly sized spanner or socket for the big nut because it makes the job much easier, and replace the nuts if somebody's already chewed them up with a chisel.

The most difficult part was inserting the new seals without damaging them. That may be where your garage went wrong. The second hardest part was digging the old seals out.
And we've just done them both again. The new seals didn't completely cure the leak, and the new half shaft to hub gaskets didn't fully seal either. I've now used loads of Hylomar gasket cement on everything and I've also put a couple of spacers made from thick gasket paper between the seal and the bottom of the hub to move it in by about 1/16" so that the seal is now running on an unworn section of the axle.

The job seemed a lot more awkward and took significantly longer the second time, probably due to tiredness and lack of enthusiasm. Then the electric garage door broke and I had to spend twenty minutes winding it up by hand.

They'd bloody better not leak again as I'm not sure what else I can try.