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The Stage 1 is for sale. Again.

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So, I finally blew it up. The engine in the Stage 1 now has a fairly large hole in it.

I had been having issues with the Electrics (what few there are in it) – the coil wasn’t giving spark. After it broke down on the motorway a couple of weeks ago, I ordered a replacement coil, distributor cap, rotor and thought I might as well replace the points and condenser at the same time. Basically, the whole lot short of pulling out the distributor as we well.

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After a couple of frustrating efforts at getting it going (and a lot of reading online) – I finally got it going; having now learnt all about setting up points, dwell angle and how you actually get a spark to your engine.

Relieved to have it going again, I took it for a drive down to the range to attend a working bee. While heading back, and actually, literally heading to go pick up a timing gun to check I hadn’t messed with that too much, there was a loud bang, a horrible grating sound, and a lot of smoke. I think I dumped all of the four and a half litres of oil onto the road in about thirty seconds.

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Sigh.

Pulled over to the side of the road, waited for the smoke to clear and stuck my head under the truck to figure out what had happened. A big hole in the side of the engine block is what had happened.

Another friendly lift from a tow truck company and the truck is now sitting outside the front of the house, going no-where.

Unfortunately, this may be the end of the line for the Landie. I simply don’t have the resources to pull out an engine and replace it here, and it’s simply a false economy to have a mechanic do it for me. So, I either shelve the project until I have money to burn on it, or flick it off as a dead motored vehicle. I am going to put it up on trademe, see if I can get a reasonable price for it – otherwise will just put it under a cover and lit it rest for a bit.

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Pity. Really grown to love the idiosyncrasies of the thing. Turns heads constantly, lots of fun. But I need a vehicle that is at least reasonably reliable. Especially when the plan is to do a bit of travelling around the country, to remote places, in it.

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Ah well. Another project on the way. Will keep me with something to tinker on. Though the upcoming project will be a little easier.

Done since I have had it – 

  • New parabolic springs
  • Brakes totally overhauled
  • Half the frame underneath replaced/repaired

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Done in the last 6 months (for warrant)

  • New shocks all round.
  • Replaced steering damper
  • New door tops
  • New windscreen (certified glass)
  • Replaced headlamps
  • New seatbelts
  • Installed reverse light
  • Installed (not wired up) working lights on rear
  • Replaced stuffed key with a cool rocker-switch and press to go
  • Hidden kill switch
  • Started wiring for spots, utility lights and usb charger
  • Lot of parts floating around

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