1.4 K series Sabre update

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Post by Supersub » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:19 pm

Hi everyone,

Having carried out a thorough inspection of the car I sat down with Leigh of Oxbys three weeks ago to discuss what he had found and to agree a plan to move forward. Since then he has carried out fairly extensive remedial works which have included a major service and other fluid replenishments, fitting new rear brake cylinders and brake pipes as well as other mechanical areas that required attention/adjustment as well as sorting out the alignment of the alternator. I am now pleased to say that the car is back on the road and much improved. Although there is still some popping and banging on overrun the engine now pulls well with no discernible misfiring. The tickover is occasionally erratic but Leigh felt this would settle down once the car is used on a regular basis.

Remembering the problems I have had previously with the small sports variants (mine not the cars) my intention now is to run the car over the next few months and see how I get on with it. Really hoping that I can work around the physical difficulties but if not will look to sell on the car before the winter sets in. However should things workout then over next winter will embark on carrying out some further refurbishment. This will include sorting out the dropped drivers door. If the cause is hinge related as appears on the face of it then I would like to thank Mark Wilson for info of how to rectify this. As well as this the driver’s seat and trim needs some minor repairs along with making good the areas of the bodywork/paintwork that detract from the overall good appearance of the car. Also I will be fitting new front calipers once the pads need replacing. Current ones have rust pitted pistons. Thanks again to Mark for agreeing to supply these on an exchange basis. Once these areas are done I will possibly look into fitting a new clutch. Although the current one is OK I have to push the pedal rather too far down before the gears disengage. A bad left knee doesn’t help. Not sure if one can adjust it. Anyone advise? Then all it would leave is a possible replacement hood. The current one is a very poor fit and has some damage although not too bad. Previous cars I have had were much better. Last but not least still hoping to pick up a hardtop at some point.

However all the above work is dependent on replenishing the kitty. Current outlay is just under £600 which is more than I had anticipated having to spend when I bought the car. However 3/5ths of this is labour cost which unfortunately for me is an expense I have had to get used to paying over the last few years.

On a separate note I understand from previous posts on the forum that this model of Sabre is fitted with a diagnostic plug. A Rover 3 pin one. However would appreciate it if someone would clarify its location. One post says it is located where the loom enters the bulkhead whilst the other claims it is by the dizzy. Not able to have a look at present but will do so tomorrow. Also the post says it is not OBD and will need a special lead etc to use. Only reason for asking is that Leigh said it would be useful if he could make use of it to check out if everything is as it should be.

Many thanks once again to all for their help and support in sorting out my latest purchase. As usual the club and forum members knowledge are proving invaluable.



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Post by scimjim » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:35 pm

It’s a type 9 box, so adjustment is just nut and locknut on the cable.

I doubt the idle will settle with use, the K series are very susceptible to erratic idling - first check is the MAP tube to the ECU.
Supersub wrote:
Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:19 pm
On a separate note I understand from previous posts on the forum that this model of Sabre is fitted with a diagnostic plug. A Rover 3 pin one. However would appreciate it if someone would clarify its location. One post says it is located where the loom enters the bulkhead whilst the other claims it is by the dizzy.
Same thing - the loom enters by the dizzy. It’s not OBD

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Post by philhoward » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:44 pm

Lead here: https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 3409518541

I’ve bought one but have yet to use it... :oops:

MAP tube - I removed my slightly grotty one in several pieces once I started to apply the slightest pressure on it. Replaced with a length of Silicone tubing now.

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Post by Peter S » Sat Mar 23, 2019 10:17 am

With regard to the erratic tickover I found it did settle down at bit with regular use.
I also found that if you put a bit of weight on the engine when idling, putting it in gear and lifting the clutch slightly (I know it's bad practice but) it produced a smoother tickover. I wonder if it maybe due to the different gearbox arrangements, as I understand transverse gearboxes have more gears revolving when in neutral.
IIRC there's no air temperature sensor I think that may be another factor.
I did try another (2ndhand) ECU it was just the same :!:

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Post by reliant-reviver » Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:28 pm

Simple one to check is if it has a clutch cable isolator at the clutch fork. Often missing and does have an effect on operation . I have a few nos ones left if needed.

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