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    Thread: an unusual project (lots of pictures)

    1. Member dragbike14's Avatar
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      08-15-2011 12:19 PM #51
      i wanna know whree is 14 degrees at that tranny shop!!!?!?!

      really really nice find my friend take care of her
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      08-15-2011 06:15 PM #52
      im thinking their sensor must be busted

    3. 08-15-2011 07:09 PM #53
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      PS, I'm pretty sure that's 14 degrees C = 57 F
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      08-17-2011 05:03 PM #54
      Quote Originally Posted by benny_mech View Post
      PS, I'm pretty sure that's 14 degrees C = 57 F
      that makes a lot more sense!

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      09-28-2011 11:38 AM #55
      another quick update from the trans guys:

      trans is back in the car, everything is functioning as it should and they took it for a few drives to adjust things. he needs to spend a day or so adjusting throttle linkages, lowering the idle speed, and adjusting trans pressure to smooth out the shifts and get everything dialed.

      i think were getting pretty close to being on the road again


      will post pics/updates as i hear more from shop

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      09-28-2011 12:09 PM #56
      Very cool. Such a beautiful car!

      Oh, and just to bring it up again:



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      09-29-2011 01:37 AM #57
      wow dude. reminds me of my ex's stuffy old english uncle showing me his mint Rolls in his garage. Things a dream, hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it

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      09-29-2011 11:50 AM #58
      Quote Originally Posted by SandManT1 View Post
      wow dude. reminds me of my ex's stuffy old english uncle showing me his mint Rolls in his garage.
      hope you got a ride in it!

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      09-29-2011 07:20 PM #59
      this project you have here sir, is f*cking basa$$. keep the updates coming
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      09-30-2011 09:07 AM #60
      Cool thread. Nice to see one of those old tanks getting some love. Nice car!
      I have mk2 parts!

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      09-30-2011 11:19 AM #61
      Quote Originally Posted by myoldmetal View Post
      Cool thread. Nice to see one of those old tanks getting some love. Nice car!
      theyre not outrageously expensive if anyone is interested in getting a shadow of their own, and the community is pretty strong for parts/support


      any way thanks for the kind words guys, ill be sure to update as we make some more progress.

      its next stop is going to be at a buddys place so we can get the new exhaust on

    12. 10-01-2011 03:05 AM #62
      awesome thread!
      sorry if i missed, but how are the struts after the years?
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      10-02-2011 05:42 PM #63
      the struts as in the suspension?

      theyre fine. it rides like a boat

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      11-02-2011 01:12 PM #64
      called the trans shop to check in this morning.

      its sounding like theyve been able to drive it quite a bit over the last few weeks and do their adjustments. i guess its only a test drive or two away from being all set.


      ill post more updates when i hear back from them again

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      11-02-2011 02:08 PM #65
      Looking forward to more updates after your initial drive.

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      11-07-2011 11:47 PM #66
      car survived the ~30minute drive home from the trans shop this afternoon

      idle is super smooth and low, and the trans shifts and takes off great now. two big thumbs up to skagit transmission they did all the idle, linkage, carb, and trans adjustments. and you can tell its a lot more polished than it was when we just slapped the trans back in last time...

      tires were a bit low so it hunted a bit on the freeway, but it cruises at 60mph like no ones business!


      next up is going to be the exhaust but that wont happen until thanksgiving weekend. and then the oil pan and oil seal work underneath as well shortly after.
      it also occured to me (on the cold rainy drive back) that it might not hurt to quickly slap some working blower motors in there also... so i might do that in the coming months. heat comes out of the vents when under way with the air forced in there... but the blowers have some bad bearings so its probably time to replace those.


      ill keep this updated with pictures as we keep going and tearing stuff apart - nothing much to take pictures of now since it looks the same as it did last time

      i might consider taking it to some local-ish get togethers though if the weather permits.
      otherwise maybe itll make an appearance come spring time when we can have some more reliable sunshine... kills me to drive it in the rain

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      11-08-2011 03:47 AM #67
      glato hear everything went well, cant wait to see it at some meets this spring
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      11-08-2011 10:57 AM #68
      Awesome thread and work!
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      11-09-2011 08:31 PM #69
      i saw this in TCL a while back and lost track of it... amazing work, i can't wait to see the finished product!

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      11-10-2011 11:49 AM #70
      thanks guys

      tenative plan is to do the oil pan seals next week/weekend in prep for getting it to my buddys for exhaust work.


      ill be sure to take pics of the oil pan surgery once that takes place

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      11-26-2011 01:06 PM #71
      oil pan action shots from last weekend's nightmare










      old versus new motor mount who knows how old that one was... the rubber had swollen so much from oil it almost felt like jello



      things are getting more serious... added 2 jacks, an engine hoist, and the car is now shedding parts...





      motor actually looks pretty good inside, nothing nasty sludge wise, nice golden brown on the inner crankcase walls


      shot of the oil level sensor and its old/new gaskets. it was cleaned since the photo



      oil pan after it was finally out.


      and it had about an inch of this crap at the bottom


      scooping that all out... nasty...



      the old gasket was turned nearly into plastic... had to break it off of there with a few rounds of gasket remover and a shtload of scraping.



      and done!




      and the exhaust work is done as of yesterday, and here are some random shots. its been a really busy weekend... looking forward to sitting down for the afternoon and just doing nothing.


      oh, and a picture of the "rolls royce recommended" gasket sealant stuff, for future reference
      (which worked really well on the pan seal - luckily! - but i still have some small leaks out of the level sensor hole but at least its easy to get to and reseal, ill probably redo that one with some rtv type stuff instead)




      box of new brake parts - fluid filters, fluid, seals for the fluid tank, new park brake cable, and all the soft lines. so... i guess i know what im doing this week/next weekend




      the disco getting down to business
      drove pretty well loaded down to ~7000lb on the trailer, 4th gear on the highway 50-55mph even up some of the steeper hills on the highway.







      welding up the new/used pipes








      since the new/used stuff was off of a long wheel base car, we had to shorten it up 3 inches between the swirl pot thing and the second to last muffler. everything fits nice now but i need to track down one more hanger - whichever exhaust shop "fixed" the original stuff broke most of the hangers and welded them straight to the old pipes.
      anyway i think we have one more small leak to patch before its perfect, but itll work for now.

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      12-03-2011 04:49 PM #72
      and we also got a video of the car running with just the header


      http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8348/paf.mp4

      be warned, its ~100mb so it may take a bit to load



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      12-03-2011 11:51 PM #73
      thats a neat shadow you have. i work at rolls royce bellevue let me know if you need help tracking down older parts (can be huge pain in the ass) check out tony handler out of los angeles

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      12-04-2011 04:45 PM #74
      yeah we had a lot of dealings with handlers trying to get another 4spd transmission. the first one they sent up was basically a rusty boat anchor.

      do you guys sell any sort of lacquer touchup paint, or know of any shops that could sell me lacquer to spray on that was already color matched?
      thats gonna be an upcoming project but i need to get my hands on paint.

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      12-04-2011 09:42 PM #75
      let me talk with my tech. hes from manchester england, started working in the rolls factory over thirty years ago. he knows all the north american sources for rolls royce things. ill talk to him tomorrow.

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