What a difference a sunny day makes, I dropped another head off at the machine shop, that should be ready for end of next week, once that’s on the engine, I will of finished 2 SL90 engines. I then need to package that up up and ship it back to its real owner, and make some space for the next engine on the workbench.
So as its sunny I thought lets work on Marvin a bit now, I got some new fuel and filled the tank with 3 litres. The good news is that it doesn’t leak! Not that I expected it too as it was a good tank… The fact that its taken nearly a year to find a new tank, then what pops up on eBay… yes you guessed it another tank LOL.
I then put on a new choke cable and lubricated it so it was not stiff like the old one, then connected it to the carb.
I checked the oil and water, then turned the key. It only took a few turns and Marvin started. There was a lot of smoke but then the car has sat around for about 4-5 months not being driven. The smoke cleared and it settled down to an even tick-over.
I let the car warm up for 10 minutes, and put all the tools away, then jumped in and rolled Marvin down the drive and reversed back up a few times. All good so far (mental note to tighten the mirrors and do the tappets), I then took Marvin out on the road and took him to the top of the road and back, again no funny nosies no splutters no misfires, so far so good.
Once i put the car back on the drive I checked all the fluids again and they seems okay.
I have now parked him up and will leave him a few hours to cool off and then check things over to ensure nothing has come loose that shouldn’t, and or loose things have not got to tight.
I did notice the vast amounts of air being sucked in by the carb, I can stall the engine in a second with my hand over the carb inlet, so no air leaks in that manifold then!
Seems the brakes are working, but I do need to check the whole system over, its an area of the car that I do have plans to upgrade , I have some discs for the front hubs and I do want to check the rearsÂ brakes for my own piece of mind.