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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 1, 2017, 5:57 am 
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I was planning on running a manual cooling fan. I'm picking up fittings today to fit a later RX7 oil cooler. The darned thing is is about 24" wide!


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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 1, 2017, 6:08 am 
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Other than running errands yesterday, and buying another '59 CJ5 to use as a donor, my first build 'Anvil' got picked up and shipped off to a nice chap in Wisconsin.

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That was a bit emotional. :cry: You can see Rolvotus in the background :lol:

Here are a couple of pictures of the donor dash and motor. This thing is cool, it has 4 shifters! (for those just joining my build thread, this is NOT a donor for a Locost)

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California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza...well we had to go trick or treating.



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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 1, 2017, 1:31 pm 
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What's the 4th gear lever? Power Take Off?

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PostPosted: November 2, 2017, 5:36 am 
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BHRmotorsport wrote:
What's the 4th gear lever? Power Take Off?


Sure is, and currently the pto drives the front winch.


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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 2, 2017, 6:02 am 
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Sometimes, on the old Jeeps, it's a Warn O/D.

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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 2, 2017, 6:06 am 
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ngpmike wrote:
Sometimes, on the old Jeeps, it's a Warn O/D.


This one isn't, however I wish it was, big $$ in those!!


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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 3, 2017, 1:23 pm 
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aidandebradney wrote:
Other than running errands yesterday, and buying another '59 CJ5 to use as a donor, my first build 'Anvil' got picked up and shipped off to a nice chap in Wisconsin.

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That was a bit emotional. :cry: You can see Rolvotus in the background :lol:

Here are a couple of pictures of the donor dash and motor. This thing is cool, it has 4 shifters! (for those just joining my build thread, this is NOT a donor for a Locost)

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California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza...well we had to go trick or treating.



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what is that wood?


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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 6, 2017, 6:40 am 
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marafonets wrote:
what is that wood?


I'm sorry, I don't understand the question..


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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 13, 2017, 7:07 am 
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Hey all, it's been a while and for that I feel quite guilty. I feel guilt primarily because I have not really done anything on the Se7en, the weather is turning pretty harsh in terms of temperature and I feel like working on the car requires some level of dexterous mobility with the fingers, whereas working on the jeep requires a hammer and a sawzall.

I think the Se7en is a summer car, it has that kind of a feel to it, so it's been sat there, watching me use 1" drive sockets and big heavy hammers on the ol' jeep. Soon I shall either put it into indoor storage that my buddy has reserved for me for the winter months, maybe pull it back out in March to get it finished up in time for auto-x season, or maybe I shall move it to the side and burrito it in tarps, I feel that indoor (somewhat) heated storage may be the best bet.

The jeep project is coming along though, I had the motor running and managed to drive the old thing up and down the drive a bit, then looked at the tailpipe and saw ridiculous amounts of black oil coming out, pulled the head and saw that all the rings were past their best, plus #2 piston had a hole in it.

Dropped the head off at the shop to get it skimmed and a light valve job. Saw that the block had already had exhaust seats done, so ordered up some new valves,rings and a piston, pulled all the pistons with the engine in situ from underneath with the car up on ramps. I've never done that before! Also ordered up some big end bearings and a hg set. Rockauto has absolutely everything in stock for these things at a decent price.

Then it was time to get rid of the rusted through tub, half an hour with an angle grinder and sawzall made light work of the tub, and made it so that I could get rid of it by myself. Now we are at the chassis, lots of wire wheel work to be done, however under the peeling paint and rust spots the chassis is still pretty solid for almost 60 years old. I'm going to look into media blasting it or dustless blasting to get at the bits where a wire wheel doesn't, but that finance depending.

It's pretty crazy inder the skin, with the super tall motor, big gearbox/transfercase/pto setup, it really reminds me of the Massey Furguson 135 tractor on which I learned to drive when I was 9 years old.

Any way, time for a photo dump:

Replaced the starter with a Yota Land cruiser model, drilled the mounting holes in the starter to 5/8" and it mounted right up! #restomod

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Head pulled, lots of oil from a makeshift low pressure leakdown test

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The hole in the piston is at 11 o'clock-ish in the image

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Super long conrods

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Pulling the exhaust valves

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Teardown of the tub begins, dash is removed

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Windshield and frame pops off

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Trans cover out

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Wonderful rats nest

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First cut, seen at the lower portion of the image

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The 'firewall' section is definitely the heaviest

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And that's where i'm at, off to HF to get some more wire wheels and waiting for Mr Fedex to deliver me some engine bits.





Greek giro's for dinner last night!



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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 14, 2017, 8:38 am 
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I got my 'door' sill toppers from Batho in the UK:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Kit-Car-Top-Ra ... 1438.l2649

He was kind enough to make them custom width and length for me for a little extra, which is awesome.

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A nice little touch.


Chilli and salad for dinner. :cheers:




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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 14, 2017, 10:28 am 
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Very nice clean touch, stainless or aluminum?

Beats sliding your bum over rivets or lacerating your dangly bits on the edge of the bodywork!

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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 14, 2017, 10:29 am 
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haha, yeah they are brushed Aluminum.


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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 15, 2017, 9:09 am 
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Those sill toppers look fabulous. :cheers:

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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 15, 2017, 9:32 am 
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Breaking news!! Got the car to idle and to not overheat!!!

Installed an ebay special 16" electric fan, the thing looks like it was meant for my radiator with cuts at the top and bottom of the housing of the fan that fit perfectly onto my radiator core.

Unfortunately Flickr is being a little bit problematic so I can't post pics, but this is really a boost for me in the build.

Also I picked up my roll bar yesterday from Midnight4x4, hopefully pics of that tomorrow.


Sausages, baked beans, fried eggs and curly-fries




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 Post subject: Re: Rolvotus Se7en
PostPosted: November 15, 2017, 9:33 am 
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rx7locost wrote:
Those sill toppers look fabulous. :cheers:


Thanks, super stoked with them, a nice little touch for sure!


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