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      07-17-2012 11:06 AM #596
      was far from a solo effort!

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      07-17-2012 11:57 AM #597
      Lots & lots of work. Just out of curiosity, how much have you invested in this car so far? Ballpark # is OK.

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      07-17-2012 12:32 PM #598
      heres a post from earlier in the thread (page 12 or something?) where i broke down how much we'd spent up to that point

      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket
      heres some approximate numbers on the big stuff weve got so far (keeping in mind that these totals are split between two people, over about a year or so.. making it a bit easier on the wallet...):

      $5000 - trans rebuild + trans parts + two spare transmissions + carb adjustment/tuneup and adjustment of trans linkages/clutches at trans shop after final install
      $1900 - two chrome bumpers and associated brackets, plus one extra rear bumper (minus overriders)
      $1000 - used grill and flying lady, this was a smoking deal compared to others i saw while shopping around, and a bit of an unplanned ebay purchase due to the low price...
      $160 - intake hose brackets and new knockoff hose
      $250 - fluids for first startup (lots of fluids! )
      $800 - used exhaust + used/new hangers + seals + buddy's time to do the welding/fitment
      $350 - new genuine plug wires
      $100 - new coil, misc ignition parts
      $200 - misc gaskets, motor mounts
      $1700 - brake parts so far


      that isnt counting the money spent on some of the brake tools and various other odds and ends... all in all, an expensive project, to be sure... but a learning experience and definitely interesting so far.

      and for those of you playing the home game, significant $$ could have been saved buying a '67 with the proper '67 brightwork on it... or buying a couple year newer car with a cheaper to find/fix 3spd transmission, but at this point were saving a relatively low mile car that appears to be in pretty decent shape.

      heres to hoping it treats us as well as weve been treating it so far
      totals have gone up a bit with the cooling system work, and the remainder of the brake stuff that wasnt covered at that point (i think the pumps hadnt been rebuilt) but theyre roughly accurate
      weve got a 4 or 5 inch thick stack of receipts now though

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      07-22-2012 07:55 PM #599
      as i promised a while while back... therell be pictures of the factory builds sheets. so theres finally a pic heavy update


      heres what else has been new in the meantime. just waiting on the waterpump to come back and we're back on the road...


      repainted top tank with a resoldered inner center baffle and new seals and whatnot...





      i had a buddy help with some powdercoating on the fan and hub, so thats all looking great now... cant wait to get that on the motor



      cant wait to get these on the motor as the top tank and fan blades were kind of an eye sore before.

      and finally the refurb'd distributor



      should actually have some ignition advance now!


      and finally, onto some random shots from the factory records.











      price sheet... looks like it was sold at a bit of a discount being a dealer demo



      theres just pages and pages of stuff like this:












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      07-23-2012 03:26 AM #600
      all the notations are cool to read - interesting that they incl notes about leaks and trim problems - but I guess these were never meant to be seen by the buyer originally

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      07-23-2012 10:18 AM #601
      it'd be interesting to know how long the production process was back then... What with how many corrections they needed to make hah

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      07-23-2012 11:50 AM #602
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      i had a buddy help with some powdercoating on the fan and hub, so thats all looking great now... cant wait to get that on the motor
      I'm probably just being too OCD, but the blade placement on that fan is driving me nuts. Seems like it would be significantly off-balance.
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      07-23-2012 11:51 AM #603
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      i had a buddy help with some powdercoating on the fan and hub, so thats all looking great now... cant wait to get that on the motor

      I'm probably just being too OCD, but the blade placement on that fan is driving me nuts. Seems like it would be significantly off-balance.
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      07-23-2012 12:32 PM #604
      Quote Originally Posted by Arsigi View Post
      I'm probably just being too OCD, but the blade placement on that fan is driving me nuts. Seems like it would be significantly off-balance.
      Many radiator fans on older vehicles are like that. I believe it is to allow access to things at the front of the motor without removing the fan.
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      07-23-2012 12:37 PM #605
      Quote Originally Posted by Roadkilled78 View Post
      Many radiator fans on older vehicles are like that. I believe it is to allow access to things at the front of the motor without removing the fan.
      talked to some folks at work about that - im told its to minimize the thumping noise you get while its running. as the fan diameter or flow increases, even blade placement would cause that thump-thump-thump you hear when prop airplanes are running.
      this thing is still loud, but it doesnt have a resonance like an airplane does.

      i think some newer larger higher flow fans do this as well

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      07-23-2012 01:17 PM #606
      Quote Originally Posted by 330iZHP View Post
      all the notations are cool to read - interesting that they incl notes about leaks and trim problems - but I guess these were never meant to be seen by the buyer originally
      This extensive note taking and dedication to perfection is what made a Rolls reliable and extremely expensive while other British marques were largely garbage (quality wise) but affordable.

      My Mother's neighbor has a TR4 he bought new and it spent 6 months of it's first year being rebuilt by the dealership to achieve a state of drive-ability. He later reconstructed the entire car by disassembling it down to it's individual components and essentially doing a full modern day restoration while the car was only 5 years old.

      Since then however it's been a wonderful car and required only maintenance to cover the additional 120,000 miles he's put on it.
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      07-23-2012 01:23 PM #607
      i think i included it up there, but maybe not, anyway the amount of things needing "follow up work" was pretty amazing. the adjusting and readjusting of various trim bits, linkages, etc was definitely eye opening...
      i can only imagine the army of people involved in hand assembling this thing in the 60s before robots and sub-assemblies really took hold... even today's RR is a hand assembled set of sub-assemblies. id imagine this car truly was hand built.

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      07-23-2012 02:39 PM #608
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      talked to some folks at work about that - im told its to minimize the thumping noise you get while its running. as the fan diameter or flow increases, even blade placement would cause that thump-thump-thump you hear when prop airplanes are running.
      this thing is still loud, but it doesnt have a resonance like an airplane does.

      i think some newer larger higher flow fans do this as well
      Interesting... so they're deliberately introducing some variance into the flow with an asymmetric fan blade, to decrease resonance. I would imagine that the blade is actually weighted so that it is physically (if not visually) balanced.
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      07-23-2012 02:43 PM #609
      sounded like that was basically the idea, to introduce some variation.

      doesnt look/feel weighted, the actual blades themselves are aluminum, and the whole thing is really light with most of the weight in the center so i doubt its all that far out of balance.

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      08-08-2012 01:21 PM #610
      just received word back that the new water pump is on its way home.

      ive got a show to go to this weekend so itll probably be getting installed sometime next week - hopefully - before i go to another show next thursday night, then leave town for the rest of the month.

      august got really busy...

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      08-27-2012 02:21 PM #611
      And then the water pump came in... and *then*...???

      We demand Updates!!


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      08-27-2012 04:03 PM #612
      and then i went on the road for a few weeks the night it actually came in hah
      updates soon

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      09-04-2012 06:07 PM #613
      had some time this weekend and got to work on the RR

      waterpump is back on and resealed.



      pump gets almost completely hidden once its all back together



      was going to get further but i need a slightly longer belt. hoping to get that sorted out this week.


      not even sure how the waterpump oring wasnt leaking before... incredibly crusty...




      all new heater hoses done as well, snaking the lower heatercore hose into the center of the firewall was a bitch, along with having to remove it and trim it but the end fit was perfect.




      more to come

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      09-04-2012 06:20 PM #614
      More to come? When? This thing is moving too slowly now. I gotta crack the whip.

      Yep, I can't believe that the water pump wasn't leaking either. Sure, most of that is buildup in situ, but it's cracked and the metal must've been corroded as well.

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      09-04-2012 06:25 PM #615
      the moving slowly the last couple months was beyond my control - parts being out all over the place and taking their time getting back here.
      then of course i took off for work for a few weeks right when everything showed up again

      end of this weekend im planning on running it and setting the ignition timing up again

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      09-04-2012 07:25 PM #616
      stunning attention to detail on your resto.
      love this project

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      09-09-2012 10:35 PM #617
      got everything back together...







      some good news, and some bad news... good news is the cooling system appears to work great, keeping things under control, and the new cooling system parts look great (theyre black and kind of buried so theyre tough to catch nicely on camera).
      the bad news, it still has that damn high idle hang
      cant be the ignition now, so its gotta be something with the carbs.

      probably going to involve a pro within the next week or so, so we can get it taken care of once and for all, as im out of ideas and well outside my comfort zone with any further troubleshooting.

      we reset the ignition timing and got everything going tonight and it runs/idles great, revs up awesome and runs well right up until you go to let off the throttle, and if you've made it above ~1500rpm itll just stick there.

      the adventure continues i guess

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      09-10-2012 12:19 AM #618
      What's normal idle? 800-900?

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      09-10-2012 12:21 AM #619
      manual says 500-550. buttery smooth low rpm

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      09-10-2012 10:38 AM #620
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      manual says 500-550. buttery smooth low rpm
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      09-10-2012 11:00 AM #621
      I love this project with all my heart, but the last update has made me wince a bit. With everything taken apart, why not clean up the pulleys and other bits you had off and have them powdercoated, or at least add a lick of paint? The new waterpump just highlights how badly the pulley needs it. I realize everyone has different goals for their projects.
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      09-10-2012 11:00 AM #622
      luckily i just did ours when the motor was apart, but ill put some survival gear in the trunk with some granola bars and a pair of scissors!

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      09-10-2012 11:04 AM #623
      Quote Originally Posted by QWKDTSN View Post
      I still love this project with all my heart, but the last update has made me wince a bit. With everything taken apart for so long, why not clean up all those pulleys and other bits you had off and have them powdercoated, or at least add a lick of paint? It kind of looks junky, and that's meant as constructive criticism. I realize everyone has different goals for their projects.
      meh, i dunno, the fan hub and fan (the biggest eye sore previously) are cleaned up now. it looks 100x better than it did before we took it apart, and the easily removable pullies are hidden now with the belts on.

      as we were putting it back together the vbelt pulley on the water pump could have probably used some paint, but once it was all back together its not visible enough its going to bother me, or really jump out at you when you look at the engine bay.

      and it clarify, as some people may have missed it, it was apart for a long time due to other priorities and waiting on parts, not because i was fine combing the engine bay with a toothbrush and paint can

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      09-11-2012 11:57 AM #624
      got a couple more ideas on the carb tuning to see whats causing our issue, and ill be stopping by the local british car guru's shop tomorrow afternoon for some more pointers (and to chat MGB GTs )
      im hoping next week i can tinker on the RR some more and either fix the idle issue using his suggestions or exhaust all options up here and haul it down to his place for some tuning

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      09-11-2012 03:11 PM #626
      Love seeing the GM A-6 compressor -- with it, the RR was the first British car with the ability to flash-freeze its passengers!

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      09-12-2012 10:31 AM #627
      It's really sad that you can no longer buy a car with air conditioning capable of inflicting frostbite and hypothermia on its passengers.

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      09-23-2012 09:51 PM #628
      sorted the inconsistent idle issue out this weekend...finally!
      turned out to be a slightly sloppy pinch connection on the passenger side throttle shaft, letting the throttle plate come to rest in a couple different positions when the linkage was "closed". something minor and stupid of course. the amount the throttle plate was allowed to wiggle with the pinch bolt was so minor... but it was enough to change the idle quite a bit.

      anyway... in the battle to get everything adjusted we managed to break one of the semi-seized throttle linkage pieces going down to the transmission. car can move around and in/out of the shop, but its back to being parked until we can track down a couple of the linkage bits.

      im looking on mcmaster to see if theyve got anything thatll allow us to modernize that portion of the linkage, but i havent had any luck yet....

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      09-23-2012 10:09 PM #629
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      anyway... in the battle to get everything adjusted we managed to break one of the semi-seized throttle linkage pieces going down to the transmission. car can move around and in/out of the shop, but its back to being parked until we can track down a couple of the linkage bits.
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      I love this thread.

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