today i opened the boot and passengers door of the valiant..... but to no avail. :tdown:
i was looking for an elusive 318 inlet manifold and it's cousin the single point distributor, but alas they still evaded capture. :shake:
i did see the radiator lurking in the boot but that too was a disappointment as the bottom hose fitting is the wrong side.
this morning i took all of my slot mags to get the tyres fitted so i've got them ready when i need them. 2 x 5 1/2 x 15's with 165 x 15's, 2 x 8 1/2 x 15's with 295 x 50 x 15's and 2 x 10 x 15's with 29 x 15 1/2 x 15's. the plan is try the middle size on the back once the narrowed explorer axle's fitted and if they won't go under the arches i'll radius them and fit the bigguns sticking out the sides :tup: the skinnies of course will go on the straight tube axle up front.
pics later today. this morning i dropped off a spare timing cover to have 1/4" machined off of the water pump mounting lip/raised bit so the pulleys still line up once the motor plate is sandwiched in there. it should be done to collect tomorrow hopefully.
it's been a while so i thought it was time to get started on the valiant........again
so i moved a few bits so i could get to one of the explorer axles. i'd forgotten how heavy they are when complete after removing the calipers i could balance it enough to lift it up onto 2 large axle stands. next i removed the back cover and spun it over to drain the oil, nice and clean with no grey metal residue which was a good sign. then with the centre pin removed i slid off the discs and pulled the halfshafts, before refitting the back cover to keep the upcoming crap out of the diff. new toy time so i got my plasma cutter out and cut off the leaf spring perches and roll bar mounts and then ground the tubes clean/smooth. that's where i got to today.
next job of course is to cut the long side of the housing down by 2 7/8" so i can fit a second 'short side' halfshaft. this means if my measurements are right the 8 1/2" slot mags with 295 tyres will fit under the arches.
more soon, neil.
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