Richards Series III Lightweight resto

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Trickyh
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Re: Richards Series III Lightweight resto

Post by Trickyh » Sun May 13, 2018 9:12 pm

Well,

I kind of took Hibbo's advice and went for it today! Adjusted up the brakes, fitted the mirrors and secured the tailgate. Took it 1/2 mile to the nearest garage and half filled the left tank, then took it for a spin around some back lanes...

To say the steering is a bit vague is an understatement! Blimey! I felt like I was in charge of 4wd pinball machine! Is this normal?? Apart from the odd bit of stalling, grinding the odd gear and bashing my right elbow, everything else was all good ! 8-) Not sure if il'll make it to Overlord, but def be there for W&P
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Re: Richards Series III Lightweight resto

Post by Ridgy » Mon May 14, 2018 9:16 pm

Well done!

Steering - yeah, they're not great but you get used to it! Assume you've been through all the components during your rebuild, everything's in good order and the steering box and tracking all adjusted? Mine was toeing out miles when i first bought it and it followed every bump.

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Re: Richards Series III Lightweight resto

Post by Fred » Mon May 14, 2018 9:41 pm

Your steering shouldn't be that bad. It won't be as precise as a modern car with power assistance, but it should be perfectly capable of maintaining a straight line without undue difficulty. Before I refurbished mine, it was actually very precise, I only hope it will be again now I have renewed the steering relay, track rods et al.
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Re: Richards Series III Lightweight resto

Post by Jon S » Mon May 14, 2018 9:49 pm

I would agree with Fred. If the steering components are in good order it should steer true and feel precise and quite light considering its a mechanical system.

Its such an important part of the vehicle so I would suggest go through the whole system and check its all to spec. Including as Fred mentioned, that the tracking is set correctly and that the tyres are not worn unevenly.

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Re: Richards Series III Lightweight resto

Post by Trickyh » Wed May 16, 2018 11:54 am

Thanks for the advice guys, and good to know it shouldn't be a wandering beast!

I will double check all of the linkages again this weekend before taking it to the shop for its pre mot check.

Is toe in the same as for the civvy Series III's? 1.2-2.4mm in new money?

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Re: Richards Series III Lightweight resto

Post by BYL » Sat May 19, 2018 10:55 pm

I'd agree with others about slack in the steering. When I first got '59 I discovered I'd been living with slack steering on BYL for 20 years which I'd always put down to Landie steering being 'agricultural'. I'd highly recommend having someone else turn the wheel in both directions so you can have a look at how all the linkages and joints are working with each other. I had to do that to discover on '42 that the bottom arm off the compensator was loose on the splines despite the bolt being tight.
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Re: Richards Series III Lightweight resto

Post by Trickyh » Sun May 20, 2018 9:03 am

So far I have found the nearside shackle U bolts were loose and I've got play in the wheel bearings. So I'll sort that today. I'll get it down to the shop and have a second pair of eyes go over everything.

Other issue I have is it constantly stalling when coming to a junction. Played with the idle bleed screw and throttle stop but made the engine run rough as.. hmmm

On a high note, Went through the new DVLA tax /mot procedure and it's a piece of piss 8-)

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