1978 SE6a rolling restoration project

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Post by GarryForder » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:04 am

Hi MikeT,
Many thanks for the post and the pics, I've now got my SE6a back from the paint shop, and finally begun the restoration. Its been a couple of years since I stripped her down, and the memory aint what it used to be, so your post and pics, together with inputs from other members, have been a massive help - thanks again.
Garry :D



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Post by MikeT » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:04 am

Hi Garry - thanks for the feedback, it's good that it's still helping folks. Have you got a project thread?

I can't believe it's been over 2 years since any updates here :shock: . There's not a great deal been done - only because nothing needs doing, except the usual oil / filter change, grease nippples etc. Talking of which, I did an oil change last month, and noticed the brake pressure valve was weeping fluid from the end cap. In the end, I bought a brand new one from Rimmers for around 130 quid. It's a TR7 / SD1 part (part no TKC3667).
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I asked Paul the MOT man to fit it, bleed the brakes and MOT it - all good now, and passed the MOT with no advisories.

We went to a local car show on the evening too...
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Cheers,

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Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:15 pm

Still looking as good as ever, Mike :D


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Post by MikeT » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:48 pm

Cheers Roger 8)


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Post by MikeT » Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:55 am

Morning all,

I've spent some time (a lot of time really) sorting the links to all the pictures following the Photobucket problems. I'd took a backup of everything from Photobucket back when they allowed you to, and uploaded them all to Imgur - it was 'just' a matter of finding the picture updating the links then - very tedious!

Anyway...

We made it to Curborough...

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I put a for sale sign in the window, as I figured I'd see what interest there was. The answer is not much - I guess most people there have already got one (or more).

I decided to look into the clutch judder problem too - if I do decide to sell up, it would be pretty off putting to a potential buyer. I couldn't sell it either, knowing there's something wrong with it.

Reading around, the common culprits are a leaking rear main seal, worn clutch or leaky rocker gaskets. Poking the camera phone down the back allowed me to get an idea that it could be the gaskets...

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I've replaced the gaskets in the past, so I was skeptical that this could be the problem. I made double sure this time that I'd cleaned the surface flat. I also noticed the inlet manifold gasket protruded sightly, which could have prevented the rocker gasket from seating dead flat. I superglued the gasket to the freshly painted spare rockers I had, and made sure they were mated to the engine properly.

I took it to a local place to have a look from underneath. They had a drive in it too, and typically, it didn't misbehave once, despite numerous hill starts! This was back in September, so it could just be that the rocker gaskets were to blame. The oil spots on the garage floor have also stopped, and the garage doesn't smell of engine oil either - so all in all, I think I might have resolved it.

Pic of the fresh rocker covers...

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Cheers,

Mike.


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Post by efi_sprintgte » Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:11 pm

Looks great 8)


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