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    Default 1988, 3.5 EFI, Range Rover Classic RESTORATION

    Well, here I go again: starting another rebuild thread. This time as above, a 1988 3.5EFI RRC.

    A little background on the vehicle: original owner died and vehicle left sitting in sons yard since 2005. Its been well serviced through out its life and only appears to have covered 32,000miles (which we think is genuine from the service history ive got).

    As its been standing it'll now need a fair bit of welding underneath, although the body isnt totally gone and is actually in pretty good shape for its age. It runs and drives well, albeit only on LPG at the moment (conversion is professional and works well), even the brakes still work!

    So, today it was moved about 20miles to my house and driven round the back where the resto begins. I started by hoovering all the rubbish out of the inside, there was what was left in the car by the owner, plus years of straw and hundreds of nails....I later found business cards for a fencing company, explaining all!

    Lots of photos coming hopefully tomorrow. Then the resto begins, although it'll be a bit slow: ive only got another week at home, then im back at uni, until easter.

    First task is to get it to run on petrol, cant have it running out of gas and not be able to move it! First suspect: fuel pump.

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    Default Re: 1988, 3.5 EFI, Range Rover Classic RESTORATION

    Good luck again William, I shall follow with interest!

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    Very nice! Having a rangerover at our age is very cool. I guess taking time over it will be an advantage as when its done your more likely to get insurance. Look forward to the pictures.

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    thats sounding very nice bit more refined than the series!
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    Right, ive got a few photos of where it was sitting for the last 5 years and hope to take a fair few more tomorrow when I get it out to wash it .

    Looks a bit sorry in these but has already cleaned up a good bit!

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    Apart from looking a bit 'dug in' it looks good and knowing your capabilities it will be, soon enough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by twiggy28 View Post
    Apart from looking a bit 'dug in' it looks good and knowing your capabilities it will be, soon enough!
    Tyres inflated again and it drove out from where it was standing, and onto the trailer, and low box selected fine too . Its been well kept I think.

    I didnt add: I paid scrap money (250) for it, so im keeping a VERY close eye on money I spend on it, so I should make a reasonable profit. Its running on LPG so thats got to be a big bonus already.

    Think ill do a list of stuff ive done each day I work on it.

    So today:
    • Started car and drove onto trailer
    • Drove in convoy with the car+trailer (towed by a nice 90! a friend in the club) back to my house, then unloaded and put car into the "workshop", ie back of my garden..!
    • Began cleaning the interior out, lots of hoovering and rubbish taken out..LOTS! (although I did find all the original handbooks etc )
    • WD40'd all doors and fixed the tailgate & bonnet; all working as they should now


    Tomorrow's tasks are to get the engine running on Petrol (fuel pump not working I think) and to drive round the front and give it a thorough pressure washing!

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    Hello,

    Right spent the morning trying to get it to run on petrol today. I got a reasonable way into it but didnt get it running! I checked all the electrics to the fuel pump and ensured they were working correctly, then blew out the pipes to the engine with a compressor, and check the filter. I then tested the pump with a battery and its working, but only in spurts and not a steady flow as it should be. Now this could be a gunked up pump or a blocked tank breather: I ran out of time to find out today, but with the pump running and engine cranking I did get it to splutter and run for a second or two, which kind of proves the EFI system isnt completely dead.

    Tomorrow I plan to try it without the filler cap on to rule out and vacuum problems, if not ill strip the pump down and see whats what, worst comes to the worst it'll need a new pump.

    A few photos, it looks a bit sorry for itself on the outside at the moment, but I think the inside has come up reasonably well after a good hoovering, although Im still planning a further cleanout and the dash needs washing down too.

    One question I do have outstanding (and might start a thread for) is what the little vacuum tubes at the back of the plenum should go to, they were all loose at the back and quite perished, it seems to be somehow connected to the plenum and fuel return lines, I cant see down the back to work out what im dealing with, but almost feels like a little solenoid or something?

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    Ah ha: looks to be the fuel pressure regulator. I just need to work out how all those connections should fit onto it. Its just so hard to see round the back there!

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    not into rangies myself, buyt good luck Bill!


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    Very nice, Would love a RRC.

    What year is it? 86ish? Looks exactly like one me and a few mates are bobtailing for our college project Got the rear section of the body welded back on today. Ours has a Ali boot floor that had was pop rivited in. Was wondering if yours was like that?

    Good Luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mseries3 View Post
    Very nice, Would love a RRC.

    What year is it? 86ish? Looks exactly like one me and a few mates are bobtailing for our college project Got the rear section of the body welded back on today. Ours has a Ali boot floor that had was pop rivited in. Was wondering if yours was like that?

    Good Luck
    Its an 88. But yh, up to 89 they have an ally boot floot thats pop-riveted in. Much better than the disco one!

    Cheers John

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    nice project, interesting reading. if its the proper fuel pressure regulator its always the last thing before returning to the tank. i.e pressurises everthing before it to the target pressure.

    the hoses and T piece must be the vacuum reference for the regulator to the inlet manifold (reduces fuel pressure at idle, because manifold vacuum is highest and overscavenging the injectors)

    sorry to be selfish, but do you have a nice picture of the entire engine bay? i've got one of those efi air filter housings in the shed (bought on an ebay whim) and it would help me place it properely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DarrenH View Post
    nice project, interesting reading. if its the proper fuel pressure regulator its always the last thing before returning to the tank. i.e pressurises everthing before it to the target pressure.

    the hoses and T piece must be the vacuum reference for the regulator to the inlet manifold (reduces fuel pressure at idle, because manifold vacuum is highest and overscavenging the injectors)

    sorry to be selfish, but do you have a nice picture of the entire engine bay? i've got one of those efi air filter housings in the shed (bought on an ebay whim) and it would help me place it properely.
    Yh I agree with what you say about FPR, just need to get those vacuum lines on properly really, they're really perished and I just wish I could see what it looked like round there...going to try a torch tomorrow!

    Erm, not as yet but ill take one tomorrow (hopefully) and post back.

    Cheers,

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    Solved! See here....

    Its a fuel cut off switch, operated by the same vacuum, hence the T-Piece!

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