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Another picture of progress, the front end is coming along nicely now.March 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm in reply to: Study of versions UMM COURNIL (2019) by Paulo Nunes #1669
I hope all is well with you.
I noticed that the front index page is not updating with the date of the last post.
A nice sunny day, so good for painting.
I also took the water pump off the engine in order to check it’s condition. It is easy to get at right now, so I took the opportunity. The pump is fine, and so it went back on again, together with the new thermostat cover I bought.
Finally able to make some real progress. The front end needs to be cleaned up for painting, and so all the structures and parts in the way were removed. It is not in too bad condition, so with a wire brushing, it should be ready for a few coats of thick paint.
And here we are. City Radiators in Bilston have done a great job. Apparently there were leaks everywhere. From the top tank edges, under the metal plates at the top, and multiple places in the core.
They replaced the core and repaired all of the other leaks. It’s been pressure tested to 30 psi.
Another possibility would be to get the drum skimmed. There is usually enough metal thickness to allow for a high spot to be turned off.
I doubt the drum is bent. But you never know.
It’s worth trying to adjust the rear again. Adjust the handbrake cables first. That sometimes helps.
As the weather looked OK today, I felt it was time to do something on the UMM.
The radiator had been leaking and so I decided to get it off and take it for repair. There is a firm nearby in Bilston who are able to do this sort of repair. I will take it along in the next couple of days.January 29, 2020 at 2:52 pm in reply to: HELP NEEDED TO IDENTIFY TRANSFER CASE… PLEASE HELP #1645
The transfer case is unique to UMM. If the case is not repairable, you will need to ask around in the UMM forums for anyone who has a spare. I bought one last year to replace my broken one. They are hard to find. Alternatively, you can get one from Portugal, from UMMonline4x4 or Pecas Umm. They both are happy to ship. Price may be high though.
Not much progress to report in the last couple of weeks. The weather has been poor – cold and rainy. I did manage to get the Umm started this week. The relay for the cylinder heaters was not working. This turned out to be a disconnected ground connection. So that is another job ticked off.
Ah, the joy of discovering all the quirks of a new vehicle!
Well done, and why not post a picture of your Umm?
All the best,
The wheels I had from Alan needed a bit of cleaning and repainting, so I have been doing that. Here are four of the wheels after cleaning and with a coat of primer on the front faces. I am thinking that red might look good against the grey paint on the body, so I may paint them with a red finishing coat too.
The other work recently has been more welding on the rear of the body. Not too much more of this to do I hope.
I had an interesting trip this week to Motherwell to meet up with Alan, a previous owner of this UMM. He acquired it from Tilcon, (a quarry company), and he repaired and painted it green before selling it on. He also gave me some useful UMM spares to help with my restoration, so thanks Alan!
Here is a photo that Alan gave me of the UMM in it’s original colour scheme, as he took ownership. This would have been before 2005. It is already showing signs of hard work!
Thanks for putting Alan in touch with me. I had an interesting chat with him. He was able to give me details of his ownership, and where it came from.
The roof is almost finished on the UMM-Shelter. I have fitted the repainted driver’s door this week. It works well, but I may need to just apply a further top coat if the weather is warm enough.
Had to put the roof felt on today, even though it was raining. More or less finished now. Just some feather edge boards to add over the felt.
It’s coming along.
Work on the restoration will be slowing down for a week or two. This is because I am building a shelter for the UMM. It will be a kind of carport, with a roof but no sides. That will keep the rain and snow off it for the Winter.
Here is a picture showing what it will look like when finished. I have photoshopped it in.
And here is the progress so far. Well, it’s a start!
The driver’s door is now painted in the final colour. It’s not perfect, but absolutely fine for the car
The shock absorbers that I took off the rear axle a while ago needed a clean-up as they were rather rusty. They still work fine though. So some de-rusting was done followed by a coat of Hammerite black. Here’s a before and after.
I will put them back on the vehicle soon.
The last job this weekend was to fit the handbrake cables back on. I had these hanging up in the workshop, dripping oil through them, and so they are now nice and free. So we have a working handbrake!
I decided that the rear axle could go back on, as the awkward welding in that area is almost finished.
So that meant I could put the UMM back on it’s wheels for the first time in months. I wanted to see how it looked with the new wheelarches. I really like it. There are a few more patch pieces to weld in the outer panels, but I feel that I am making real progress now.
Here are a couple of pictures.