RangeRovers.net Forum banner

1 - 20 of 25 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
I have just picked up at bright yellow 97 Range Rover "Vitesse". It has the Cameron Concepts supercharger kit.

Very nice and clean inside and out.

I took a chance on her, the chance is that she overheated one time and was immediately parked. When the PO tried to restart it, the car wouldn't start.

When it overheated coolant overflowed out the radiator cap. He stated no smoke from the exhaust.

Any ideas on what this would be?

Steve
 

·
Premium Member
2002-2005 Range Rover MkIII / L322
Joined
·
3,622 Posts
Blocked radiator, air bubble from a leak in the o-rings/throttle body heater/return nipple, bad head gasket....or what probably happened...the back two cylinders ran lean and the PO fried it...and he just sold you a big anchor...knowlingly or not.

Good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
71 Posts
how about some photos ? and what region are you in ? i'm assuming from your user-name your in Australia

would recommend you find a friendly independent mechanic that loves Land/Range Rovers
then pull the radiator out, service/replace, then pull the blower and heads off, go from there.
be prepared to maybe spend some $$'s on a rebuild. you may be lucky.
while your at it, replace and move the thermostat to the top of the motor, you can buy an aluminium 'tree' to replace the original housing.
btw when/if you get it, there is also a piece that clamps into one heater hose to reduce the flow pressure
this is how i know;

http://www.aulro.com/afvb/p38a-range-rover/78054-assist-p38-stop-overheating.html

have just about finished a total re-build of mine, hopefully firing it up tomorrow


............tasi
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Tasi, ex Melbournite, now residing in Ohio. Will get pics tomorrow.

Can't see anything on that site without signing up, can you copy and paste?

where do I find the aluminium tree?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
71 Posts
will try and select relevant info from post.
it's probably worth registering, there is a fairly active P38 section there.
this is with acknowledgement to P38arover, who is a wealth of information.
there are two types of 'tree' dependant on whether it is a 'Thor" or 'Gems' engine


P38arover :

However, help is at hand. When Davis Performance Landys rebuilt my 4.6 thjey fitted an 88 deg C thermostat in the standard position for all previous Rover V8s and I fitted one of these straight-through sputniks in place of the thermostat housing. It was purchased from Davis.



See also this thread: RangeRovers.net • View topic - Possible to Change Location of Thermostat?
__________________
Ron B.
p38arover :

Davis Performance Landys
233 Annangrove Rd Annangrove, NSW 2156 - (02) 9679 1978
a little research from that thread and i find that a similar discussion is on here

http://www.rangerovers.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=18448

all the best

..............tasi
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
Picked it up today, put a jumper on the battery to get it into neutral. Turned it over and viola, she started up, ran smooth and quiet, checked exhaust it was reasonably clear, considering it had just started after sitting for a long time. I squeezed the upper rad hose and it was empty.

Towed her home, will get it cleaned, inspected (VIN only gotta love rural Ohio) add some coolant, do a compression check, and see where she's at.

Plans are for a radiator recondition, upper and lower hoses and that tree thingy if someone can tell me where to get it.

http://s869.photobucket.com/albums/ab25 ... G00185.jpg
 

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
148 Posts
WOW! Good god that's yellow.. Almost shire bin Yellow :) or even road sign yellow. Sould remind you of home. :lol:

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #11
Changed oil, filled coolant including big air lock in upper hose, put in a new battery, viola up and running, air suspension settled in, drove around the block, no overheating, no coolant smell, oil is clear.

For your viewing pleasure

 

·
Registered
1995-2002 Range Rover P38A
Joined
·
865 Posts
Nice pumpkin you have there, did you say a respray is going to happen shortly.....

No harm intend or negative thoughts but it looks like a construction vehicle.....
A nice titanium silver or Pearl white would be great

Either way I hope it serves you well
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
269 Posts
Colour coded D posts and wheels, bleh... horrific. Thats only my opinion though. Love the colour, and the yellow piping on the seats, AND EXTRA DIALS! True land rover porn, love it. I hope she serves you well for a long long time.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #16
Yeah, I have already plans for the wheel centers to be blacked out, maybe the hood scoop, and a few other details to tone down the "Bumblebee on steroids" as one of my friends put it.

The interior very cool, and those extra gauges seem to have come with the SVC kit, but they are located differently to the ones I found online, I like them being on top and the rest of the dash unmolested.



 

·
Registered
Joined
·
18 Posts
Discussion Starter #20
Thanks....I think. lol

I am having the alt rebuilt as we speak, There might be an issue with the GPS, it seems to be flickering on even when the car is turned off, I do not have books, yet, so I can't check it out but is it normal or likely to be a bad ground?

Steve
 
1 - 20 of 25 Posts
Top