55 – Spring 2018

4.4.18

Dave fitted a remote cartridge oil filter over the winter. It went nicely inside the old vacuum petrol pump housing.

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I took the Buick out for a short run on Easter Sunday. It went very well apart from the noisy clutch release bearing.

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Late morning Tuesday I asked Martin & Dave when we could start dismantling the transmission to change the clutch bearing. By 5pm it was out!

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They went to buy 2 railway sleepers first, so we could jack the back of the chassis up. It has a torque tube, so we had to pull the rear axle and propshaft back to get the gearbox out.

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Magic Brian’s magic hub puller came into use again.

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Gearbox out.

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Suspect bearing removed. I have ordered a new one from french France.

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6.4.18

The new clutch release bearing arrived Thursday morning. We decided to strip, inspect and clean the clutch while we had it out.

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Main problem was compressing the large spring to release the pressure and remove the nuts. We do not have a press, so we lowered the ramp and the Buick down carefully on to the clutch.

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The clutch was dusty and a bit rusty but otherwise in good condition.

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It all went back together, gearbox reinstalled with the rear axle, and we started the engine at 5pm. Great work, thanks lads. It was a big job done in record time.

Friday morning Martin refitted the floor in the Buick, and adjusted the clutch play and the brakes, and we went for a test drive. It went very well and we are looking forward to driving it again, if the weather ever improves.

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One of the rear wheels was loose on the half shaft again. We noticed this last year, and I was supposed to get a spacing washer made. I have now obtained some washers and we will fit one next time the Buick comes out to play.

I want to get the petrol tank out next, and check the pickup pipe and the tank for dirt. I have ordered a modern petrol gauge and sender unit, so we will have some idea how much fuel is in the tank.

 

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