Saving a Series I: Part 11
Essential parts and systems are added with the aim of seeing the Series I move again under its own power
Finally, it’s time to add essential parts and systems with the aim of firing up Alisdair Cusick’s Series I
This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. We’ve welded, repaired, rebuilt and reassembled almost everything we need. And now we’re almost ready to start it up.
The last episode was a bit of an unusual one, in that we had to do the same job twice in essence: test-fitting the bodywork before painting the new bulkhead, then fitting it all again when it came back from the paintshop. The bulkhead is the pivotal part on the whole body, as everything comes out from that datum point.
With that job done, James and I are almost free from the major component repairs. From now on, we’re literally like an assembly line, bolting on items, and building a Land Rover.
I say almost free from component repairs because, while we were on our final push on the engine, two supposedly simple jobs did throw the proverbial spanner in the works. First, most of the bolts sheared whilst replacing the water pump. James sorted that last month without breaking a sweat, nor damaging the engine block. Secondly, and more of a pain, was the exhaust manifold that cracked. That’s where we left off last month, after a very trying day in the workshop.