Out of the Garage

For probably the first time in about a year, Stan has been out of the garage. This was only possible as I’ve now got the rear axle fitted and filled with oil. I read in the manual that it needed 3 3/4 pints of hypoid oil. This turned out to be equivalent to just over 2 litres of 80W90 oil. Although this turned out to be slightly too much, as I got to nearly 2 litres and it overfilled. So I had to remove some, as the instructions say that the oil should be level with the bottom of the stopper thread.

Now I can get the van out of the garage, I can finally get to the engine and start to connect the recently refurbished gearbox. Then I can look to get all the bit necessary to put the engine back in. I recently bought an alternator conversion kit, which should hopefully work better than the old dynamo.

Still dips at the back

When I bought Stan the van it dipped at the back nearside. Sent the rear leaf springs to have them re-tempered, as they didn’t have the correct curve. As the rear axle had to come off to get at the springs, I thought I’d send it off for re-furb and made the mistake of telling them I wasn’t in a hurry. The springs came back all nice and correct, so fitted them. After just over 12 months finally got the rear axle back with all new bearings. Just finished putting the axle and wheels back on. Stood at the end of the drive…and low and behold Stan dips at the back near side. I guess I need to find somewhere that can straighten a chassis