After finally getting the engine started (and technically going.......) I managed to keep my appointment with Darren at Geelong Carburettors.
Whilst I technically managed to get the car running, it wasn't running very well at all. As it happens, all I had wrong was the ignition timing, the way that I had the carbs (SU HIF7's) plumbed up, the advance curve (123 ignition) as well as some minor mechanical adjustments! The result is that the car now sounds fantastic, starts easily, and runs relatively smoothly. The car is now setup for the running in stage, and I will be doing this over the next few weeks, as well as setting up some air cleaners for it, and debugging some electrical (not engine related) gremlins. I will also be fitting the Terratrip and the associated rally stuff (extinguishers, map reading light, 6 point Sparco seatbelt harnesses, etc.
As you may be able to see from the photo below, I have used the Lock and Load system for attaching the car to the trailer, very easy to attach a car safely to a trailer.
By the way, I swapped some basic road wheels on the back of the car as I didn't want any unnecessary wear to occur on the new rally tyres.
I have taken a few shots of the interior of the car to give readers some feel for how it is going to turn out. Please ignore the dangly wiring under the dash etc., it is yet to be properly sorted. One of my pet peeves is the presence of an untidy rats nest of wires inside the cabin!
Speaking of an untidy rats nest of wiring (all my own work! ?) the temporary mess near where the battery used to go is the last minute instrument wiring put in this morning prior to the engine sorting.
I do have one question for the technical cognoscenti, I have found that whilst I have been able to bleed the front brakes (originally the dual L split circuit now altered to a simple front / rear split), I can't seem to be able to bleed the rears..... I have checked it all for blockages, none found, even in the calipers), and was wondering about the behaviour of the pressure limitation device (also not blocked, with fluid appearing on the outlet side of it, indeed fluid is all the way to the rear axle... I am temporarily flummoxed about this..