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Some of you may remember a year or so ago I brought a trike.
It is based on a 3.5l Rover V8 with a Borg and Warner 3 speed automatic gearbox, fitted to a XJS rear axle. It also happens to be dual fuel.

I did run it for a few months, but the engine leaked oil all over the place and was gutless. I then managed to get another engine, off of ebay, but when I put that one in it leaked water into one of the cylinders, so I gave up and walked away from the trike, leaving it in the back of the garage.

For the past few weeks I have been busy working on getting it back on the road.
The first job was to get the heads skimmed. I used Banda Engineering, at a cost of £22 each side.
I then changed the routing of the water, so that it by passed the frame that goes over the top of the engine. This meant that I could run the engine up to temperature without having to put the front of the trike back on. It also means that I can easily remove it again without having to drain any fluids.
The engine test went well, with no leaks, and it running on both petrol and LPG.

Next, was to sort out the electrics. When I put it all back together, nothing seemed to work.
Tracing the wiring is not easy, as whoever wired it used green cable for everything :O
It took me a good 2 hours to get it all up and running. I still need to replace 3 fuses!!
Whilst all the electrics are now working, I am still convinced that I have some leakage to earth, so I may need to check that out, and ensure that the charging circuit is working.
Ultimately, the aim is to totally rewire the trike. I am planning to do it myself, but I have found that Taff, at the Bike Shed, is a dab hand at re-wiring things so I may palm the work off to him, especially as he already has a selection of cable.

I am gonna bite the bullet and book the trike in for an MOT on Saturday, again at the Bike Shed.

All I need to do now is get the old V8 engine, and an ST1100 (Pan European) engine out of the way so that I can get the trike out of the garage 🙂

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