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Date registered: Apr 2012
Vehicle: Land Rover with retrofitted MB 300 D engine; 617.910, 220 SEB Coupe 1964
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
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220 SEB '64 back on the road - bad noise from rear axle/wheel
The 220 SEB coupe which I have been working on is now road worthy once more and impressively -after being dormant for 15 years- runs very well. A thorough cleaning of the fuel tank and system, rebuild of the fuel pump, renewal of fluids and some very minor adjustments to the engine (one click on the injection pump and an fraction of a turn on the idle adjustment) was all that was needed for the engine to run excellently.
Some relatively minor things remain such as renewal of clutch main cylinder seal (it is weeping slightly), renovating -or possibly replacing- the starter motor which is tired when warm (anyone done this?) and changing the generator to an alternator. All pretty straightforward.
However, there is one issue which I need expert advise on. The car has a distinctive clunking noise from the rear axle -sounds like the rear right wheel which seems to be exactly in time with the turning of the wheel. It is very obvious and distinct when turning to the left (i.e. the right wheel is under more pressure), during movement at slower speeds (in particular when going uphill) but disappears completely when coasting/cruising even at highway speeds. It is also completely gone during any right hand turn.
When I first drove the car I diagnosed this as a result of tires being flat for many years and no longer round, but now I realize this is not that simple.
Any ideas out there?
Attached is a picture of the rear axle arrangement, conveniently taken while the tank and fuel pump were out. As can be seen someone has been working on it as the spring is new/looks unused (although must have been installed 15 years ago).