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Prepping the car

Rod’s been getting the Tudor Rose ready for the Ocean 2 Ocean Challenge Australia.

After not one, not two but three gruelling trips last year in the Peking to Paris Rally, the first attempt at the Ocean 2 Ocean USA and the World Record setting final journey, our 1930 Ford Model A aka Tudor Rose has been having a well earned rest. But with the next adventure, the Ocean 2 Ocean Australia, only weeks away, we’ve got some serious work to do to get the car ready for action.

First up was a full evaluation from Rod Wade… well he knows the car better than anyone. After careful analysis of the engine that did the o2o USA it was decided at the last minute to replace the engine with a new rebuilt one from Schwalms in the USA. Obviously this wasn’t great news when we’ve got to get it built and then transport it from the other side of the World! But thanks to Ora Landis, the new engine has now arrived and after three days hard slog, is now ready to start its road trial.

Fingers crossed all will be ok and ready to go as co-driver Austen Ritchie is yet to have his 1000k trial run prior to the start on June 3rd.

The engine that has been removed from Tudor Rose has had a complete strip down and been rebuilt so it can be carried in the Mercedes Vito support van as an emergency spare along with a host of other spares that we hope we won’t need!

Here’s what Rod’s been up to:

If you own a vintage or classic car you will know how difficult it can be to find a replacement screen. Rod needed a screen and hunted for hours before he came across Tom Robertson from Tom was quick on the job, located a screen and fitting on site took just over an hour. Brilliant work Tom.

Rod’s advice for breaking in a new engine…

Starting the engine for break-in: Start the engine and run it (just above idle with the spark half advanced) for one minute. Then turn off the engine and let it cool down for 15 minutes. Repeat this five times. After the fifth time, start the engine and let it run for five minutes with a 15 minute cool down. Repeat this five times. After the fifth time, start the
engine and let it run for ten minutes, with 15 minute cool downs. Repeat this ten times. After the tenth time, start the engine and let it run for 15 minutes with 15 minute cool downs. Repeat this four times. Blue smoke may appear at the tailpipe. This is because the pistons rings are not seated. The piston rings can take up to 1,000 miles to seat to the cylinder wall.

After the last 15 minute run is completed, run the engine for 30 minutes. (Again, just above idle with the spark half advanced.) Engine acceleration during this period is acceptable with momentary bursts only, then returning to just above idle.

After the break in running time, re-torque the head to 50/55 foot lbs (65 foot lbs. for high compression head). The head gaskets tend to compress during the engine warm-up. An oil change is also suggested at this time. (SAE 15W-40 detergent oil with a new bottle of ZDDplus.) I use Penrite Classic 25w-70 which has 1610ppm of zinc so I don’t need the additive and because I travel in high temperature climate areas I use the 25w-70.

Now you are ready for the road! If the initial break in running time is completed without the engine stopping and/or excessive heat, you are definitely ready for the road.

After 200 miles have been put on the engine, not exceeding 35 MPH, an oil change is necessary.

Note: Full break-in may not occur until 500 miles have been put on the engine, depending on driving conditions. During this time, keep your speed at or below 35 MPH. Oil changes should be made every 500 miles or every driving season, whichever comes first.

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