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A customer of the workshop had his latest purchase delivered to us this week..... A 1982 Ford A series RB44 a four wheel drive version of wgat is basically an early Transit on steroids!
Lets take a quick look......

I was having a bit of a lazy Sunday but had chance to take a look at the condition of the oil pump on the little 3.5 litre V8....

With the crankshaft removed from the little 3.5 it was noted that the big end and main bearing shells were standard size and looked to have little wear.... the crankshaft jounals had quite a few marks on them so a light polishing was in order... There are various ways to polish journals and I do not claim my method the best but it's cheap and can be done by anyone at home....

Lockdown....Pffft! I felt the need to get out for some fresh air..... It's a beautiful sunny day, the last of February, and it feels like spring...... We also found a true golden gem.......

Just a short vid on what I have found within this little Rover V8.......

With the block now on the engine stand it's time to remove the sump and see whats inside this early example of the Rover 3.5 litre V8 engine....

Last time the heads were pulled off this little Rover 3.5 litre V8, this time I decided to check the deck heights were equal and removed the timing cover to see what was hidding behind...... So far this engine does look rather clean ....

So here we are with Rover V8 number two.... an early example of the 3.5 litre with the 10.5 to 1 compression ratio...

Not wanting to wait I decided to get the heads off and see what the cylinder bores are like...... what did we find?

It was sad to see how bad storage of the 'free' Rover V8 had allowed the ingress of water into the motor and reduce it to scrap status.... Having not had the delights of one of these iconic alumimium V8's for over 20 years I really wanted to build one.... So another was found... and certainly not free... but not mega money.... What secrets lie within ?

Being the last day of 2020 I decided some ( frozen ) fresh air was in order..... It was decided a return to RAF Riccall now the trees have lost their leaves etc..... Is there any goldens gems left to be found? Lets take a look.....

Boxing day...... what to do ? Well, maybe remove the heads from the little Rover engine and see what lurks inside......

Today I got around to something I have been meaning to do for 18 months.... I was given a Rover V8 engine, an early'ish 3.5 litre , condition unknown and was sat outside..... Most people would scrap it but I do have a soft spot for the Buick designed aluminium V8.... It has been around 20 years since I last played with one...... This could be the start of an engine rebuild series or.... how to make a glass top V8 table that doesn't look tacky!

It's Christmas eve and after finishing in the workshop I decided to take a quick look at whats lurking under those rocker covers..... which will give an indication of engine condition prior to the storage outside....

The RAF airfields of WWII would have a perimeter track ( taxiway) circling the three runways ( Bomber airfield ) with the dispersal points joining it around the airfield. The perimeter tracks had lights either side in the ground at around 75 FT spacing. The runway side was blue and the other was yellow.
I saved this one from destruction and here we make a start on restoration so it can be on display in a local museum.

The RAF airfields of WWII would have a perimeter track ( taxiway) circling the three runways ( Bomber airfield ) with the dispersal points joining it around the airfield. The perimeter tracks had lights either side in the ground at around 75 FT spacing. The runway side was blue and the other was yellow.
I saved this one from destruction and here we make a start on restoration so it can be on display in a local museum.

The RAF airfields of WWII would have a perimeter track ( taxiway) circling the three runways ( Bomber airfield ) with the dispersal points joining it around the airfield. The perimeter tracks had lights either side in the ground at around 75 FT spacing. The runway side was blue and the other was yellow.
I saved this one from destruction and here we make a start on restoration so it can be on display in a local museum.

The RAF airfields of WWII would have a perimeter track ( taxiway) circling the three runways ( Bomber airfield ) with the dispersal points joining it around the airfield. The perimeter tracks had lights either side in the ground at around 75 FT spacing. The runway side was blue and the other was yellow.
I saved this one from destruction and here we make a start on restoration so it can be on display in a local museum.

Today I decided to check out an ROC nuclear monitoring post not too far from me.... I had seen some photos online from 1999 and the inside looked very original and free of damage, however, that was over 20 years ago....

Now that summer is over and the brambles and nettles are dying back I returned to RAF Burn to have a look in the trees and bramble bushes that was once the technical site ... We also take a look at the operations block , part of the runways and we find a mystery object..... any idea's what it was?

Today we take a look at the runways of the former RAF Burn.
Opened in 1942 , the first Squadron was RCAF 431 followed by 578 Squadron in 1944. Today the airfield is home to a gliding club.

RAF Riccall was a bomber airfield during WWII , home of 1658 HCU. The heavy Conversion Units took the aircrew of two engined bombers and put them through various courses on flying a four engined bomber. RAF Riccall was under 4 Group Bomber Command and the four engine bomber was the Handley Page Halifax. All aircraft had seen front line duty and were deemed clapped out, it was said this training was more dangerous than going on operations.... This type of airfield was of temp construction and many buildings were away from the airfield, known as dispersed sites, today we take a look at WAAF Site No1 ...

In todays video I headed back to RAF Breighton to see if I could find anymore golden gems on the perimeter track, thanks to a subscriber loaning me a GP-Pointer hand held metal detector , these can be found on Ebay etc quite cheap... I was impressed, did exactly what was needed despite me looking like I was out walking a carrot! Sorry about the wind noise, was as noisey being there...
Big thank you to Paul for loaning me this plastic carrot.... I mean detector!

RAF Riccall was a bomber airfield during WWII , home of 1658 HCU. The heavy Conversion Units took the aircrew of two engined bombers and put them through various courses on flying a four engined bomber. RAF Riccall was under 4 Group Bomber Command and the four engine bomber was the Handley Page Halifax. All aircraft had seen front line duty and were deemed clapped out, it was said this training was more dangerous than going on operations.... This type of airfield was of temp construction and many buildings were away from the airfield, known as dispersed sites, today we take a look at Site 3 Accommodation.

RAF Riccall was a bomber airfield during WWII , home of 1658 HCU. The heavy Conversion Units took the aircrew of two engined bombers and put them through various courses on flying a four engined bomber. RAF Riccall was under 4 Group Bomber Command and the four engine bomber was the Handley Page Halifax. All aircraft had seen front line duty and were deemed clapped out, it was said this training was more dangerous than going on operations.... This type of airfield was of temp construction and many buildings were away from the airfield, known as dispersed sites, today we take a look and Communal Site One , permission was obtained from the landowner ( nice chap) to have a look at the remaing buildings of this once busy site. A big thank you to the land owner and his son for their help.
And yes, I did make a spelling mistake.....!

In 1959 RAF Breighton was brought out of mothballs and became a Thor Intercontinental Missile Base with the formation of 240 Squadron. Assigned to defend and protect these weapons was 112 (Fighter) Squadron armed with 32 Bloodhound surface-to-air missiles. Personnel were billeted at RAF Church Fenton (singles) and in RAF Married Quarters in Acomb, York. RAF Breighton was one of a cluster of sites in Yorkshire to house this most deadly nuclear deterrent, the others being RAF Driffield, RAF Carnaby, RAF Catfoss and RAF Full Sutton.
Today I take a look at the Bloodhound missile areas.

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