I've now permanently installed the electric fan and thermostat. In doing so, I removed the rad to flush it, then repainted it, including all the rad mounting metalwork. The foam seals around the oil cooler had turned to dust, so installed new foam seals. The rad had some grunge, but the free fluid that drained was incredibly fresh looking, clear and bright blue.
Oh well, whilst I was doing some derusting and tarting up, I removed some other bits to treat too:
After full POR15 prep and paint (x2 coats):
Thermostat for electric fan fitted:
Engine bay coming along slowly:
I'm planning to take KIMI 2 to Japday in just over a week and thought I should do a test drive as she hasn't been driven on any extended journey for over a decade
I took her out today for about an hour and 20 minutes, covering about 50 miles on a variety of roads, including some high speed dual carriageway. I stopped twice. Once to simulate being stuck stationary for about 5 minutes to test the cooling fan as it's quite warm today. I'm pleased to report the temp gauge didn't move above 1/3 up the scale. Here's the dashboard after 5 minutes idling smoothly at a steady 800rpm.
Oil pressure when driving is around 70 on the gauge.
I then turned her off for around 5 minutes and she restarted instantly. I stopped to refuel too and, again, she started as soon as the key was turned.
Yes, that's a genuine 40,695 on the odometer
The only niggles (and I can live with those for now
) was an irritating rattle from the dashboard at some speeds and a rattle from the sunroof when open and going over rough roads.
When I got back I checked everything I could and all looks good; no fluid leaks or anything else untoward. Hopefully she'll make the 180 miles to Japday. I'm going down on the Friday, leaving plenty of time for stops along the way (and avoiding motorways). I'm staying overnight in nearby Chippenham, so I don't have to get up at a ridiculous early hour.
I hope to see a few MRC people at Castle Combe