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58015 Mk1 Rough Rider Revival 3 months 1 week ago #58653

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Hi all,
During this difficult COVID-19 period, business is slowing down, i have to admit that i have more time to continue and start old projects i had put by side.
Despite having my 2 daughters at home, it's still possible to make some restoration progresses :P

This RR is one of the latest arrivals, before the Corona Virus, that i found on a local ad.
The general state of it isn't that bad, i've seen worse on me previous RR see here Rough Rider Resto , so i guess this one will be a piece of cake...






It looks like that the body has 20 years of dust, the tires are all cracked, roof and front lights are missing.
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58015 Mk1 Rough Rider Revival 3 months 1 week ago #58654

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A few more pictures of the inside. Everything is there, from MSC to the circuit breaker, the resistor is in a good shape aswell




It looks like that it has been run in cement or fresh concrete...you can see the small grey drops all over the battery case, front bumper and rear gearbox casing. No need to tell you that trying to remove this will take lot's of time.



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So, once everything inspected and the spare parts list made, it's time to disassemble the whole car for a good clean.
Took the front bumper off to make sure it's an Mk1 one



Front suspension



Gearbox case



Shock absorbers

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58015 Mk1 Rough Rider Revival 3 months 1 week ago #58658

Nothing broken. That's a nice piece Manu.

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I tried to clean those parts as i used to...(chemical cleaning) unfortunately i didn't like the result. I don't know if that procedure isn't cleaning as good as it used to or if me expectations of a restoration has raised... i tend to go for the second option.
So, i decided to sand blast them.
On the other hand, this path was strewn with pitfalls...
The sand tank was empty and once the ordered sand arrived I realized that the pump was not working anymore. The repaired pump it was necessary to adjust the air line to connect it to the air compressor.
One week passed before I could sandblast all the parts, but the end result is just as expected.




In the mean time i also cleaned and polished the shock absorbers parts.



As i'm still waiting for the new bushings i ordered i started to assemble them.
Also gave the UJ's a new shiny life by polishing them.

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stingray-63 wrote: Nothing broken. That's a nice piece Manu.


Yeah.... too easy ha ha ha ha
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58015 Mk1 Rough Rider Revival 3 months 1 week ago #58662

Awesome work! I wish my car was in as good a condition to allow the re-use of more parts.

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NorthernMonkey wrote: Awesome work! I wish my car was in as good a condition to allow the re-use of more parts.

Thank you ! Mk1 parts are indeed hard to find and i was lucky enough that all thos parts where still there and unbroken...that's the reason why i bought it.
If you need any vintage non Mk1 parts i might have some left if needed !

Looking forward to see pictures of your RR.
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Once everything cleaned, sanded and greased it's time to start to reassemble.
Started with the Gearbox, replacing all the bronze bushings with bearings



I also replaced all the screws with new ones as the old ones were all rusty.
Once assembled installed everything in the chassis





Assembled and installed the front suspension

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More pictures of the chassis assembly



started working on the radio box...gave him a good plastic polish



And installed back





The 4 tires were cracked...i had some rear tires left i could use but i couldn't find the front ones. Unfortunately i used re-re ones until i'll find some good ones ( i want NIB ones )..
These ones will remain installed until NIB vintage ones show up...someday
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