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Old August 21st, 2012, 11:49 AM
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This was my first LR, sold 6 years ago when I decided to step up to a D1. 40 some odd trucks later, it popped up for sale 10 minutes from my house. Three years ago it was parked and the fuel pump died, so there it stayed, until last night when I bought it back. Where this project will go I can't say for sure yet but should be a cool story no matter what.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Congrats on getting her back...
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Old August 21st, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Yes, congrats! Look forward to seeing what you do with her.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 12:15 PM
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First stop: car wash. There was an insane amount of pine straw in every crack and crevice. If there was this much pine straw in my yard I would rake it into a pile and burn it. Any area not occupied by pine straw had a spiderweb, most of which contained a black widow of above average size. $30 later it looks a little better.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 12:47 PM
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For reference, here is how it looked when I had it:


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And right before I sold it:



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Old August 21st, 2012, 12:52 PM
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Observations: there appears to have been a long term leak from the sunroof. And the time parked has not been kind to the leather and wood.

Once battery cable is repaired and battery charged we can proceed with the fun stuff.
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Old August 21st, 2012, 12:58 PM
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Observations: there appears to have been a long term leak from the sunroof. And the time parked has not been kind to the leather and wood.
Holy crap. Does it have a name? If not, may I recommend "Swamp Ass"?
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Old August 21st, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Swamp Ass is good. Or maybe Webster.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:43 AM
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Got the battery/cable issue worked out yesterday and sure enough the fuel pump is not coming on.

Windows won't go down either, but it's best to do one thing at a time. And I just need it to run for now so I can move it around while I wait for the title.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 11:49 AM
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 05:56 PM
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Fuel pump relay is working, fuel pump is definitely NOT. Hopefully I should have a replacement here by the end of the week?
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 06:20 PM
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I'm so detail oriented by nature that I am really enjoying a side project that is anything but

You may have noticed I had to stick a D1 spare on it to recover the truck. Well even though the tires are dry rotted like crazy, it was just a broken valvestem. I took the tire wheel over to the old "tire machine" and swapped the valvestem out.


So far
$30 car wash
$4 battery terminal
$0 battery
$2 valvestem
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Old August 25th, 2012, 09:02 PM
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Well I drained the fuel tank, and what came out was horrible. Stale gas would not even begin to describe it. It was the color of rust, and I suspect it was mostly water. Pulled the fuel pump and found this.


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Inside of the tank was straight rust. No rust whatsoever on the outside but the inside isn't worth trying to save. Sending unit arm rusted in place too. So I got a great deal on a good used tank and pump from Will Tillery and installed it tonight. New fuel filter, blew out all the fuel lines, got some fresh gas.


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And it runs! But in all honesty I have never heard a Rover V8 that sounded this bad and didnt have a rod through the block. I am not sure it has any oil pressure, the lifters are collapsed, there is probably debris in the fuel rail/injectors, it almost certainly needs plugs/wires/cap/rotor/oil change etc BUT it runs again!
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Old August 26th, 2012, 12:13 AM
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It is a 3.5. It is not even worth the cost of oil and filter IMHO.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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I know, but I have pretty much everything I'll need already.

I also have a couple serpentine belt 3.9s and numerous 4.0s, and a couple 4.6s if I get really crazy.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 09:41 AM
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Take the oil pump and V belt set up off the 3.5 and fit it to a newer block. I think there is a way to update to 14CUX in a 13CU?? truck too. A new cam and lifters and top end rebuild will go along way with the new block.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 12:07 PM
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I loved my 3.5 EFI. What's wrong with it?
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Old August 26th, 2012, 01:15 PM
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I think the gas cap isn't sealing well and that allowed water in the tank. At least it appears that the pump may have stopped working before pushing rusty water-gas up to the engine.

It ran well enough to get off the trailer so I figured why not go ahead and pull it inside? Now I am really screwed. Because of the AC I probably won't pull it back out until I know what's wrong with it.

Didn't these v belt trucks sometimes lose the oil pump prime after sitting long periods of time? The oil is actually in good shape but I am not reading any oil pressure on the gauge (aftermarket). It sounds to me like the rough running and popping back through the intake could be collapsed lifters and no oil pressure. I was told the truck was running great when parked, then the fuel pump died. I looked in the distributor cap, looks horrible.

I remember that a previous owner used to have this truck pretty well set up, 35's, air lockers, safari gard bumpers/sliders, dual batteries, etc. I'm not sure but may have had dual alternators as well? There is some extra wiring under the hood that I can't figure out just yet. About to start poking around now.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 02:57 PM
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Pack the pump with Vaseline. I don't recall what the v belt style pump looks like but I am pretty sure you can easily open it or at least pull a bolt with a spring/detent behind it and push the Vaseline in. Quick and easy way to rule out a oil pressure issue
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I dont think there is anything in the world more irritating to me than knowing that you have something but not being able to find it. Somewhere around here is a new oil pump paper gasket. Oh well.


About to pack it now, looks like I'll have to just use hylomar on the two halves and hope it dosent leak. Of course that won't matter at all if the oil pressure doesn't come back!
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