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HPG128K - Dutton Sierra Series 2 - rescued from an early grave?

Sierra II

So the saga of the gearbox rear seal continues. When it had the rear crank seal done the garage also fitted a prop/tailshaft seal which promptly leaked just as badly as the one they took out.

When I had the horrible vibration issue it was coming from the prop not fitting into the gearbox. Thinking this might have damaged the bush inside the tailshaft and caused the leak I ordered a new one and another seal. Now if anyone tells you this is a DIY job DON'T believe a word of it. Getting the seal out is an easy one with a modified puller, getting down the side of the tailshaft past the bush is bloody impossible without the right tool. According to the haynes manual for the Ford Sierra its a ford dealer job...I now agree. As it was needed for work tomorrow the new seal went in without changing the bush, a right pain in the arse.

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Comment by Adrian Southgate on July 5, 2016 at 12:41

Ive not been any great distance in the Sierra since the epic trip to Stoneleigh, mainly due to my shoulder and the heavy steering. Had to go to a VOSA weighbridge toady so thought why not...

So, with my lardy arse still inside I got 550Kg on the front axle and 520Kg on the rear making 1070Kg. I weigh 75Kg so the Sierra must weigh in at 995Kg... Damn thats a heavy kit..

What impressed me the most was the equal weight distribution, as despite having a boat anchor under the bonnet it's pretty close to balanced. I'll have to try it again when I have the alloys back on just to work out how much un sprung weight I'm hurling about with those 27" tyres. One thing I did notice was my sump guard tapping on the cross member  so that will need sorting.

Despite the housebrick styling it still hit lane 3 with a passion and scared a few old dears as it thundered past. Made me realise how much more power it would need to hit three figures on the GPS though :(

Comment by Steve Kerswell on May 6, 2016 at 10:57

I've got no idea why, but this phone (Samsung) will only upload through some foreign language. Me and mobiles seem to hate one another. So I'll keep my old Kodak handy, and hope I don't drop it in the ocean, 2 mobiles, drive over it or away from it, another 2, weld with it in my pocket or on the bench, they really don't like that, or buy a dodgy bargain, can't say much on that, under investigation !

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 6, 2016 at 10:12

No, you have to share selected photo's onto flickr which is cloud based then they become part of your 'account' you can then access them from anywhere theres a web browser.

The dropbox idea sounds like a plan, James and I use a dropbox account for some club stuff.

Comment by Paul Sheridan on May 6, 2016 at 7:38

I use Dropbox, every picture I take with my phone, is automatically uploaded to my home and work computers. Does Flickr work the same way Ade? 

Comment by James Doulton on May 6, 2016 at 7:09

I have a USB cable to charge my phone. If I use it to connect the phone to my computer then I can browse the folders on the phone and move pictures either way using Windows Explorer. Windows normally offers a number of things it can do when I connect the phone, one of which is to download pictures. I don't normally use that option because I like to do things manually, but I'm probably just making work for myself.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 5, 2016 at 22:00

Open a flickr account Steve, connect the phone to your wifi and upload direct to flickr.

Then use the share facility to get a working HTML link to add to these text boxes, simples  (he said laughing)

Comment by Brian (up north) Morris on May 5, 2016 at 21:37

lol i only do it so i have a record of work done. i want my son to get into duttons......but try dragging him way from the computer,,,,,,no    no     o well....:-)

Comment by Steve Kerswell on May 5, 2016 at 21:36

I've got loads on my phone, one day I'll learn how to get them out and published :-))

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 5, 2016 at 21:27

I now use my camera phone (or one of them) for pretty much everything other than shows and long range stuff.

I do have a DSLR, tripod, lenses but it's too much 'hassle' for just taking pictures of bits of box section and suspension legs etc. All the photo's I took on sunday I did with the DSLR to bring out enough detail for use in the mag if required, if not then they end up sitting on my hard drive...

As such my phone/camera is pretty much always with me... even then I STILL forget...

Comment by Brian (up north) Morris on May 5, 2016 at 19:45

fair dues i take camera out with me before i start on car.....bit anal :-)

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