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Posted by alanrichey on 13 February 2018 - 05:15 PM

It's actually 'Alan Richey' :)   Because it's a big County we tend to move around rather than a fixed day/time.   But a favourite is 'GearHeads at the Ground' at the Newark Showground, which is only 30 mins or so from you. First meet of the year is 15th April.  We also like a Sunday lunch at the Muskham Ferrry if the weather is nice.   I always announce these on the forum so just keep a look out.

#377628 Rover Engine Codes

Posted by alanrichey on 14 October 2017 - 05:32 PM

Useful research.  After all these years I now know my engine was built in 1995 and is actually one of the youngest we have in the club, one of the last off the line before they took away the dizzy and went for wasted spark.  (Probably how Richard Stewart got them cheap, the ultimate 'bin-end' :))


And it was originally destined for a Rover 220, fitted with an air conditioner.  Which explains the Heath Robinson way the alternator is mounted, the original builder has put it on the mounting brackets for the aircon compressor unit.


Happy bunny.   Makes searching for spares SO much easier.

#376900 New Prospective Owner Size Question

Posted by alanrichey on 13 September 2017 - 09:54 AM

6' 2" and 16 stone when I bought my RH Superspec  (lost a stone since then :)) and fitted in easily, with still room to move the seat backwards.   The Superspec has the dropped floor as standard  giving you extra room and it's nice and wide.   They tend to be a bit more expensive than a normal 2B as all the parts (apart from a reconditioned diff) were brand new at build time.   They come up regularly on E-Bay.

#376190 Gearheads At The Grounds?

Posted by alanrichey on 21 August 2017 - 12:28 AM

Looks like they decided to skip August, see https://www.facebook.com/horsepoweratthehall/.  Sorry about that, August was definitely on the calendar 3 weeks ago when I looked.  I might have a bit of a whinge at the organisers,

#376148 Mismatched Gauge Solution

Posted by alanrichey on 19 August 2017 - 09:38 AM

I have an inverted gauge as well, although it is very accurate at both (wrong) ends.   And like you I don't want to start mucking around with the sender so would prefer an external solution,   So would be interested in the circuit diagram when you have proved the system.   Or maybe I could do a simpler solution as I don't need to trim I just need to invert.

#375012 Lambda Sensor Problem

Posted by alanrichey on 14 July 2017 - 05:09 PM

Back to the Superspec lambda sensor and emissions again :)  


Although my lambda sensor was working for last year's MOT and it sailed through the emissions, as this year's MOT approaches it started to show some severe dropouts, making the car a pig to drive and trashing the emissions, as the ECU did not recognise the lambda sensor was sending it rubbish and made a right mess of the fuel/air ratio,.  I tried with two different sensors and saw the same problem, so it was either the ECU or the wiring.


So I stripped out the wiring from the loom to the sensor and was duly horrified.   The original builder has simply connected 4 wires (all red <_< ) to the output from the loom and sent them through the same rubber cover to the sensor.   That goes against everything you read about the lambda sensor wiring.   The 2 heater wires don't matter, they can be any wire and just go to the sensor, but the signal wires should be completely separate and should be a shielded 2-core cable, with the sheath earthed at one end, to avoid interference from the alternator, ignition and the heater.


So cue a complete rewire from the loom to the sensor.     Obviously early days yet, but both sensors appear to be working perfectly, with no dropouts, and the car is driving so much better than before.


So the message to all Rover-engined Superspec owners is to check the wiring of the lambda sensor from the loom (it comes out just by the alternator) and make sure it has been done properly.   Remembering, of course, that we have yet to find a Superspec (apart from mine and Andy's that have been fixed) that has a working lambda sensor. :)



#374816 Kimbolton 9Th July

Posted by alanrichey on 09 July 2017 - 06:16 PM

Thanks to Dave R also, good day

#374034 Lincolnshire Meet For June

Posted by alanrichey on 19 June 2017 - 11:19 AM

Good, glad to hear you are recovered, gave us all quite a fright.  I'll try to arrange more suitable weather next time :)

#373978 Lincolnshire Meet For June

Posted by alanrichey on 17 June 2017 - 08:51 AM

Final call for the Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair for tomorrow (Sunday).   Not only have I laid on perfect weather but I have also arranged a fly past by the Red Arrows :)


So far it's just me, Pete, Mick & Stella with a possible late visit by Derek and Clive.   I'll probably park up nearer to 09:00 now, usual place at the bottom of the hill.  I'll try and hold 3 spaces



#373863 Lincolnshire Meet For June

Posted by alanrichey on 14 June 2017 - 06:43 AM

Yes, went a couple of times last year, good turnout, plenty too see.   It's just that by that time I am settled in my chair, beer in hand, TV on.......  :)

#373442 Lincolnshire Meet For June

Posted by alanrichey on 01 June 2017 - 04:26 PM

It was looking quite good for June until I checked around this morning.   We normally all get together at the Castle Bytham Midsummer Fair on Sunday June 18th, park up together on display and enjoy the village fair.   But apparently it is now the Midsummer Festival and the new organisers have removed the 'Classic Car' banner from the web page (http://www.midsummerfair.co.uk/).   I have contacted them to ask if this was intentional or are we are still welcome to attend.  Watch this space.


Then I checked our regular hangout at 'GearHeads at the Ground' in Newark, only to find the June meet has been cancelled.


So that just leaves the GBS Open Day on Sat 10th June (http://www.greatbrit...co.uk/events-2/), which I will probably attend.


I'm off on holiday again next week (I know, it's a hard life but someone has to do it) so when I get back I should know about Castle Bytham.  If they don't want us I will organise something else.



#373384 Book Recommendations

Posted by alanrichey on 31 May 2017 - 01:35 PM

You can't beat the Haynes manuals for whatever car the engine came from.   I have 3 covering all aspects of the car :)

#372048 Lincolnshire Meet For May

Posted by alanrichey on 04 May 2017 - 03:25 PM

Probably none :)   (Unless you count last Monday at Stoneleigh).  I am taking the opportunity to take a couple of holidays and won't be back till the 25th.    However, don't let my absence put you off.


1.   'Gearheads at the Ground' at the Newark Showground is on this Sunday 7th. 1300-1700 (or whenever you have had enough)   Nicko and I go to this fairly regularly and it's always a good turnout, 300+ cars..  And the weather is looking good so great for a picnic.


2.  After I get back if the weather looks good I will look at something for the weekend of 27/28.  Although that is the weekend of the Monaco Grand Prix and Jensen Button's return !!


3.  If you want to do something yourselves I am happy to help.



#371009 Cars And Coffee At Complete Kit Car Magazine Office 15Th April

Posted by alanrichey on 15 April 2017 - 03:10 PM

I reckon 60 cars there.   A lot of Tigers, a sprinkling of Hoods and Zeros and a few 'others'.  Here are some of them:



#370991 Superspecs At Stoneleigh

Posted by alanrichey on 14 April 2017 - 09:07 PM

Just a reminder to all Rover-engined Superspec owners.   I will have my data cable, laptop and analysis software with me at Stoneleigh if you want to make sure your engine, ECU and the various sensors are all working correctly.