Thursday, 25 September 2014

Polishing stainless steel.

I bought a metal polishing machine (grinder with cloth wheels) and the compounds etc. I had a go at polishing the seat trim and the kick plate on the drivers side. It came up quite well,I think I need a bit more practice, so I'm looking round for other bits to polish.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Cleaning fouled spark plugs.

Some people say there is nothing in a spark plug to wear out.That might be true but they do eventually get covered in a layer that can short them out so that they don't spark.This gives a misfire at best or stops the engine at worst.These plugs I removed from my V8 engined P5b Rover. The choke mechanism was faulty and the engine was running on a mixture that was too rich.

 Using a combination of a solvent and oven cleaner it is possible to make the plugs almost as good as new.This avoids using a grit blaster (which most of us don't  have) and avoids any grit or sand being left behind to damage the engine.

No wire brushing or need for machinery and fancy chemicals. Details are on a spark plug cleaning page.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Rubber door seals on the P5b.

I was getting fed up with the wind noise and rain coming in around the doors of the Rover P5b.
Door seals are available but very expensive for what are really just bits of rubber. I made some out of some sections I bought to repair the door seals on my transit.
These give a double seal around the door and fit inside the original door seal housing.

The new seals were glued together at the corners and the wind noise and the rain are now kept on the outside of the car.