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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 April 29, 2016 at 0:20

@ Brian - No they were already fitted. Easy to do though, make flat sheets of glassfibre, card templates cut the flat sheet to shape, hot glue to chassis and then join the bits of flat sheet with matting and resin. Probably do a better job than those as they have huge gaps.

I deleted Dickinson, don't need that, EVER....

Near side is now complete and wheel on. Apart from final height adjustment its all good. Offside is being an arse and having to trim the nice new rose jointed tops to fit into the Sierra turrets is criminal but has to be done. Final assembly and tracking tomorrow. 

All being well I'll bring the Sierra Sunday.

Patrick is going to take this damn body shell away at long last on Saturday 

With the Sierra mobile and useable again it can go home with CMV then I can finally do some welding on XSC.

Comment by Jim (across the pond) Adamek on April 28, 2016 at 21:22


Comment by Brian (up north) Morris on April 28, 2016 at 20:40

oy. im a nice person. and i respect ppl.  (sometimes) :-))

Comment by Brian (up north) Morris on April 28, 2016 at 20:33

thats not very nice is it daryl. 

Comment by Brian (up north) Morris on April 28, 2016 at 20:18

ooo. nice. i like. did you make them inner wing pannels ade...?

Comment by Adrian Southgate on April 28, 2016 at 20:09

So far so good. n/s strut fitted with refurb back plate, new poly bushes, disc hub and caliper in a bit... going to be a long night round the unit... o/s to do yet :(

I know how you like pictures so...


Comment by Adrian Southgate on April 27, 2016 at 20:50

Yeah, Its only polite not to eat pizza horizontally...

Comment by Brian (up north) Morris on April 27, 2016 at 20:46

lol. ooo love walking dead...

Comment by Adrian Southgate on April 27, 2016 at 20:42

Welcome one and all... feel free to post your Sierra woes on here, i iz not bovvered..

@ Brian and Steve, you both have series 1 Sierra's with 'bitsa' mechanicals, fine tuned over years but with a cement mixer... Steve's is the mongrel from the rescue centre and Brian's is the wolf trying to look like a scruffy sheep dog...

Mine... well I think it classes itself as walking dead most of the time...

Comment by Steve Kerswell on April 27, 2016 at 20:41

I can do lazer aligned stuff, but it'll cost you.To develop a jig would not be profitable for the few left. Did you know Dutton never built early Sierra chassis, Jeff Jago did them for a while until they had space to do them at Duttons place. Thats how the Jago Jeep came about, one ripped off the rip off the other had.

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