It's interesting that yours is carbs rather than EFi as I though all the v8's had moved to injection by 86? It was around this time they offered the twin plenum, which you'd think they'd have went for pursuit cars. I wonder if the EFi chucked it and someones move it back to carbs?
It would have always been carbs, but its got the electronically controlled carbs with an ecu under the dash. Lets hope it works!
The police royal protection squad had a few Twin Plenum Vitesse's in black which were pretty cool.
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jul 21, 2012 17:04:47 GMT
Still not got the car in the garage. Ive been cleaning and repairing all the bits ive removed so far. Its quite therapeutic and a good way of working out what bits i need to buy, so i can keep an eye out for bargains.
I stripped all the switches i had, as they were corroded inside. Then i scavenged bits from other switches to fix others etc etc. Then fitted them back in the dash.
Brilliant work Jim. Those switches, the dash and door cards (x3) have come up a treat. Jobs like that really help keep the mojo going. I can't say I'd be particularly enthusiastic about laying underneath welding this up, damn you've got a lot of work ahead! If you can turn this round it'll be fantastic. Good luck mate.
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jul 23, 2012 18:28:58 GMT
The drivers window regulator was knackered. Not only were the teeth worn on the sprocket and cog, but the housing for the sprocket was ovalled and worn. Rimmer bros don't do a drivers manual regulator, and i couldnt find one second hand as most sd1's have electric windows. I bought a Landrover defender pattern part off ebay for £12 which i knew was similar and used the bits from that to make a good unit.
I cut and shut the splined section onto the new regulator. I got it all straight and true using a watchmakers lathe.
Then i welded the arms from the old regulator onto the new mounting assembly. This took ages to puzzle out. Done now, just need to make new captive threads because the old ones are in the wrong place.
I know you're dying to get into the welding but you'll probably find that all the stuff you are tackling just now is more interesting and rewarding than months of bodywork......altho none of it is any use without a rustfree bodyshell ???.
Post by jimspolicev8sd1 on Jul 24, 2012 21:12:53 GMT
Had a result today...
Once i worked out the car was a Lancashire Police car i contacted Lancashire Police on the chance they may have some information on it. Got a reply this morning including some photos.
The car was posted to Lancashire Police Southern Division based at Chorley on the 25th September 1986 as a fully liveried traffic patrol car until March 1989 when it was decommissioned and sold at auction. A ledger was included in the email that shows that 5 other cars D821-825GEC were delivered and included were photos of D825GEC, so i guess mine must of looked the same. Also included were photos of an earlier car which was similar.