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It's busy season with work so the Foden is having a little time off, but have been doing some form filling and hopefully will result in a couple of number plates.


The handbook provided most of the information. With luck I've filled it in correctly and with enough information to get the job done. Time will tell.

Think I've also found a gearbox for spare parts too.

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Finally found some time to do a little Foden work. Went for an instant gratification job by repairing the speedometer. It was working fine and then the milometer stopped working.

Screws out and the dash pulls out about an inch. There are so many cables and air pipes it's  a tight squeeze to undo the speedo cable. Then you have about three inches of space to play with. Two thumb screws, two bulbs and the speedo is out.


Scraped off the soggy rubber gasket. Will need to find or make a replacement,  maybe a thin O ring? Twist the bezel to release the glass, undo the two screws on the back.


On turning the drive it quickly became apparent that the drive had seized and the gear had stripped. A pick was needed to release the clip.



Luckily my spare dash has a speedo that donated a gear drive.


Reassembled with a little fresh lubrication and it works perfectly again. Whist apart it seemed a good idea to paint the bezel. As the glass seemed to be properly stuck I opted for masking rather than possibly breaking it. A bit of prep and ready for a coat of paint.


Ready for Reassembly tomorrow. 


Also serviced the pto switch which relentlessly leaked air each time it was used.




Cleaned, replace seal, lubricated.


And reassembled. 


Also whilst the dash was out I removed the blanking plate for the second pto switch. A future project is to fit the winch I have which requires a second hydraulic pump. The second switch had already been liberated from the donor cab and refurbished. Just need to connect from the switch to the connector under the cab. 

So several small jobs almost complete

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Speedo unwrapped and reassembled today.


Refitted to the dash.


Everything else looks decidedly shabby now so did a little bit of cleaning.


Much better. Just the other six gauges to clean and paint the bezels on. I replaced all the mounting screws on the dash and heater controls. Does any one have a supplier for the textured paint used on the dash and heater controls? The heater controls have lost most of their paint over the years.

And cleaned all the bolts from the props, chassis and gearbox in readiness for its reassembly. 


And that's as much as I have achieved today.

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2 hours ago, Longen said:

Is the textured surface like the dashboard on a mgb. The paint is called "crinkle paint" and is available from the mg owners club amongst other places.

Yes I think it's very similar if not the same. Thank you for the info I'll be googling it to compare.

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A little excessive but the gearbox spares arrived today.....


I now have an excess of pumps, pto's and props!

Pulled the range change selector off to assess the parts I require.


All good with no signs of heat damage. Interestingly it's a different design to mine being machined from steel rather than cast or more likely sintered.


I think I know why mine was not working properly. One of the spring pins in the centre of the hub didn't move freely due to the hole being slightly off centre.

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If the pin doesn't retract then it will not engage. I think the donor box has been overhauled as the syncro teeth have been dressed which is common on a rebuild. So hopefully the syncro is a later type. The outer part of the syncro doesn't appear to have the friction coating that mine has either.


If you can see it.

So after my week away I will endeavour to bring all the good bits together. Then reassemble the spare box and fill it with oil for storage. You never know when you may need one!


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Hi all, time for a quick update. After a break in Cornwall I returned to a mass of customer MOT'S. After last year when all tests stopped for several months they now are all piled up together. So progress on the Foden has been slow to non existent.

The donor box got robbed of parts and they were rebuilt into mine, took a bit of persuading to split the donor. Jack's, pry bars and a big copper hammer. 


gaskets were measured.


Gasket sheet selected and ball pein hammer at the ready.





The centre cut out was then used to make the selector housing Gasket.




Reassemble syncro and fit Gasket to studs.


As the manual would say reassembly is the reverse of disassembly.....


As the air valve above the box is more inaccessible it got the full refurb. The exhaust seal was perished so a screw was fitted to replace the rubber button.

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All holes plugged and a blast off.


Etch primed and then greened.

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Refitted. Will get another coat when the chassis gets a full paint in the future.20210920_180934.thumb.jpg.c75d2bb3844dd6ff719458091c7442a9.jpg

Just need a log book now so I can fit number plates and go for a full test drive.......

......post arrived and an envelope from the DVLA. Excitedly I open it to reveal my new registration number, only to find all my original documents returned with a cover letter asking for the import docs????? And a a suggestion that I should send a bigger cheque to tax it as a commercial rather than a private HGV??? And they would like more dating proof even though the MOD release doc was included. A long wait ensued whilst I got through to someone at the DVLA and they were slightly bemused and said to return the docs with a covering letter explaining its not been imported, I really don't wish to use it commercially and the dating evidence is already there. Also included a close up pic of the chassis plate with chassis number and date of manufacture.  Fingers crossed for take two. At least they sent an envelope to return it in.

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