Lan­drover Discovery

Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS - Broms­grove En­gine Ser­vices, broms­groveengi­ne­ser­vices.com John Spencer (paint), 07976266936 Rust­buster, rust.co.uk The RM Club, ri­leyrm­club.org.uk danny.hopkins@practicalclassics.co.uk

times I went back to it, it hadn’t im­proved. I kicked my­self for not be­ing braver and sort­ing this be­fore the RMA had gone for paint.

Any­way, we re­moved the screens and frame and were greeted with ox­ide edges. It needed clear­ing out and start­ing again. Be­fore start­ing we cre­ated card­board tem­plates and then we cut out the filth. Re­pair pan­els were care­fully con­structed in six in sec­tions and then, af­ter I had re­vealed the lim­its of my tal­ent as a welder, Clive Mig’d them into place like a pro. I do the struc­tural stuff… I’m no artist.

Next up, steer­ing rack. I had de­con­structed it and now with shims from a spare rack, Matt and I cleaned and greased like men pos­sessed, be­fore re­con­struct­ing the rack with new shims.

Also on the bench, we played with the brake mas­ter cylin­der. It was de­con­structed af­ter about two hours or so of swear­ing from Matt. Al­though the seals and bore ap­peared to be in good con­di­tion, the amount of de­bris was pretty

scary. The new kit from RM spares depart­ment couldn’t come too soon. Dur­ing my visit to I also bought a new roof. The RM se­ries were blessed with a vinyl roof, which is stretched over wadding and tacked into place along the edges. This is fin­ished and held in place with an al­loy gut­ter. It is a tough thing to fit prop­erly and the qual­ity of the ma­te­ri­als is paramount. All off the shelf at Bunt­ing­ford and sup­plied with clear fit­ting in­struc­tions… bet­ter than IKEA.

This will be the next big job, along with the fit­ting of a new loom, build­ing up the en­gine, mak­ing new car­pets, and fit­ting up the brake and fuel lines and hoses. So not much then. It is es­sen­tial that this project runs to time though. Pre­vi­ous owner Ron is com­ing to the show on the Sun­day and will be handed the keys so he can drive the car he never man­aged to re­store with his dad off­stage, the first time it has driven un­der its own power in 45 years.

Clive, a tem­plate and the re­sult­ing new metal that, af­ter a day’s graft, cre­ated a screen sur­round wor­thy of the name.

Danny col­lects es­sen­tials from Karen at the Ri­ley RM Club spares oper­a­tion.

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