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So for the past couple of weeks I've been gearing up to fully service the engine.

- Radiator removed and checked, seems in good condition with no leaks...until I tried to force the drain plug which split the solder and created a leak. Currently getting that fixed.

- New water pump fitted along with a new belt.

- Oil drained out and then spilt on the gravel driveway...genius. Sump plug came out okay which was a result as reading the Vitesse forums a lot of people have issues with stuck plugs.

With any luck, by the end of the week the engine should be running!

Also have removed the master cylinders to sort at a later date. Initial research threw up issues as they aren't triumph as I originally thought. According to the Owners club main page they're probably Cortina. I'll deal with that when the engine is running.

Watch this space for a video soon *fingers crossed*.

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Comment by Adrian Southgate on February 25, 2018 at 13:14

Nice one Toby, result mate.

Comment by Toby Fitzgerald on February 25, 2018 at 10:59

HUZZAH!!! The engine is done!

(This post is a little late btw, I really need to get on more punctual postings.)

Very little wrong with it really. Had initial problems but turned out to just be a knackered fuel pump (One on order now). Eventually got her running sweet-as and only boiled the water once before I realised the cooling fan wasn't coming on automatically!

Flushing oil and fluid used in engine and radiator respectively. Then swapped out for new oil, filters and coolant. New plugs added too.

Videos!

(My phone didn't really pick up the sound too well, She's quite loud)

Initial engine start

Engine running slightly lumpy

Engine running smoothly

Must be time for tea

In other news;

-Brake and clutch pedal assembly was removed, cleaned up, greased and re-inserted.

-Master cylinders are currently being cleaned up with new seal kits on order.

-Brake calipers have been removed (again) and are being fully cleaned up with new everything (pistons, seals, bleed screws and pads with mounting parts) and currently deciding on a colour to paint them,

-Deciding on a fuel tank as well now, probs going with a Fiesta MK3/4 as suggested previously.

Comment by Dave Adams on February 11, 2018 at 7:24

early phaetons used Cortina Mk 2 pedal box's master cylinders may be from them as well....TBH its not hard to source new compatible cylinders for thirty quid or so....

Comment by James Doulton on February 6, 2018 at 23:13

The master cylinder should have a part number on it. You might be able to get an overhaul kit for it. On my Melos, the brake fluid had solidified and I could not get it unseized so I had to buy another.

It will be exciting to actually get it going again if you haven't had it running yet. Good luck with that.

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