3 April – 4 May 2017: getting ready, scope creep…

art forms

(N.B.: “Scope creep” describes adding to a project after it starts, e.g., the ‘remodel the kitchen’ project becomes remodel the kitchen and replace the carpet and the drapes, and then redo the bathrooms… )

Having raised Mini onto the quickjacks, we set out to prepare for the 2017 Season, including:

o resolve and remediate pernicious oil leak

o replace front brakes and shoes to remediate out of round condition

o resolve braking issue which occurred on last run of 2016.

The latter was resolved when my son Allen and I found that the brake master cylinder did not displace any fluid when the pedal was moved: resolution is new master cylinder, now in place.

new master cylinder

Disassembling a drive shaft, we have found the cause of the leak: a missing washer and seal.  (Still no clear diagram of same.)  Parts to remediate are on order or in place. Kudos to super star Brad!

We had spacers and stud extenders in place on the rear drums, and when I found that there are drums available with the offset cast in and with long studs and screws, I decided to order them, with new wheel cylinders. (Scope creep.)

I removed rear drums and hubs, and after examining them and the bearings, I decided to get new – more scope creep.

rear hub, etc
drums, hubs, etc

I had purchased two unused Yokohama A008 165R70x10 tyres, and decided to start with new rubber on the car – bought two additional new – scope creep.  Got mounted at local tire store. ($$$$).  (On the way back from the store, the Beatles song “With a little help from my Friends…” came on …)

new tyres, old wheels

To put on road:

o finish rear brakes: fit shoes on LHS, wheel cylinder and shoes on RHS

o new long studs in new rear hubs, seals, bearings, mount hub, washer, new wheel nuts, tighten and torque

o finish LHS and RHS drive shafts

o put clean paper underneath car and fill engine with oil.

o reinstall sump guard

o fit front brake shoes and drums

o prelim adjust front and rear brakes

o check if oil stayed in engine

o bleed clutch

o bleed brakes

o check if oil stayed in engine

o mount wheels and pressure tyres

o brake adjustment

o lower car and torque wheels

o check fluids

o check if oil stayed in engine

o bring up oil pressure on starter motor

o roll car out-side

o place fire department on standby

o start and warm up

o first cruise (around the block: fair enough to verify, but close enough to push home)

o recheck for leaks

o set timing to 26/7 degrees total advance

o second test run

o recheck brake adjustment, leaks, etc

o invite neighbors over, and open Celebratory Fluids…

dreams of summer

and of old prom dates

hottest gal in our graduating class…

May the Fourth be with us!

And if problems occur, there is always YOGA with Katey!

on stage left…


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