A young family and the acceleration of the space/time continuum as one gets old have meant that it's now around 8yrs since my 7 turned a wheel (and I think longer than that since I was last on here - thanks to the admins for rejuvenating my account).
My youngest (5) has now shown a strong interest in the cars under the covers. So the time has come to get it back on the road. Plan is to get it ready and MOT'd by next spring. Then to tax it 6mths of the year for annual use (I'm no longer as hardy as I was when I used it in all weathers).
And for the first time in pretty much ever my plan is to do the spannering myself, roping the boys in to "help".
First job is therefore a checklist of recommended things to address before driving it and getting the precious cargo onboard. First stab as follows. Critique welcomed!
- Wheels and tyres (start easy) - car had MB mags wheels. Have bought a set of R500 8-spoke 13"s to use initially, and new tyres coming in (Avon ZZS). I'm going to get the MBs crack tested I think before deciding what to do longer term
- The rear wheels I've bought are 8" wide which are fouling slightly on my overslung ARB droplink. I have new droplinks (old ones rusted) and am planning to put them on the other side of the ARB/deDion pickups which I'm hoping will give enough clearance
- Bodywork and interior - general clean and spruce up. Especially as the cats seemed to have used the inside as a sleeping location and I'm not partial to the cat hair seat cover!
- Any tips on getting harnesses clean?
- I think I also need to remove the passenger seat as I want to fit monkey tails to the harnesses on that side too (I have them on the driver's side already)
- Caliper refurb necessary? Or just try them and see (slightly reticent on that for brakes)
- Discs have plenty of surface rust on them - vented discs. Worth just replacing or try a reskim?
- New pads (or just check the old?)
- New flexible lines? (Current ones are braided)
- Brake fluid change and bleed
- Suspension - anything to do here? Or just see how it runs?
- New battery bought - couldn't get a direct replacement for my old Redtop 700 which I thought was nice and light and compact. Bought an Antigravity 12-cell Lithium battery. 4kg saved!
- Most electrics working fine
- Hazards not - will be replacing all switches anyway as the old ones are now 25yrs old and faded (if anyone knows of any funky switches that fit rocker switch holes, let me know). Will also change the flasher relay as needed
- Stack dash - bottom row of the LCD display isn't working...have a quote from Stack to repair. Ouch. If anyone knows non-Stack places to repair these let me know. Will live with it initially I think (if I'm going to get it repaired I want a custom dial, which Stack won't do)
- I also have one of the stack buttons not working - can't recall what it does :)
- Rear fog isn't working
- The rest works (including the original immobiliser which is pleasing)
- Gearbox - worth doing anything?
- Oil change?
- Clutch seems to work OK (stationary at least)
- I've bought a selection of gear knobs as have never been happy with this touch point!
- The fuel smells OK, so am going to syphon some out and see what it's like. According to the dash it has 17l in it so a bit under half...is there an additive that can be used to liven it up? Or best to take the tank out (car has a full cage so please say not!), drain it and clean it with new fuel?
- Anything to do with the pump (engages and sounds OK when powered up) or filter?
- Should I change all the flexible fuel lines?
- Oil/filter/coolant changes of course
- Whilst stood it's leaked a bit of oil - not sure how much, possibly 0.5 litres...not sure how though? Sump gasket shrinkage or something? Pipe leak?
- There was also around 5ml of coolant under the external exhaust joint...which is making me suspect a potential head gasket issue? (Or is that paranoia)
- Plug change?
- Leads change?
- Air filter change?
- Hoses? It has silicone hoses on...are these more robust? Run it and see what bursts/leaks?
- Cambelt change? And tensioner? Can this be done without taking the engine out? (Which I'd rather avoid, but if I have to...
- Other belt changes?
- Head gasket change?
- Engine start process...
- Manual turnover
- Then on the starter?
- And then stand back and see what gives?
- Oil/filter/coolant changes of course
Anything missing from the above?
Being somewhat more blessed with ambition than talent at most things, I fully expect needing to post separate topics on each of the above, but wanted to check the accumulated wisdom of all on here before getting anything really wrong :D