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  2. Follow up to this... I ordered one from SJ and it doesn't fit. Apparently I have an unusual -- but not unheard of -- smaller version of the ignition switch, often found on Triumphs or MG's. Still haven't found out which one.
  3. Hi Fabian,

    Amazing restoration, and so very inspiring and informative!  I saw that you have the same ignition switch arrangement as I do, and I am in need of a replacment ignition switch.  You wrote that it was from a Triumph via Rimmer Bros. Do you have the part number or any idea which Triumph it's from? 


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      Hi Albert,

      I think it came off a TR6. There are many of these ignition switches in the catelogue and they are all very similar looking but wont fit. I bought a few that didnt fit before I got the correct one. The wiring colour coding was wrong to the switch so redid it all. Im away at the moment will have a look when I get back to see if I can find a part number. Cheers Fabian.

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      Hi have got home and can't find the receipt for the switch so dont know the model number. The steering locks do vary and some take a diffeent diameter switch. Best thing to do is measure your switch diameter and call rimmer bros. Get them to get one from a TR6 with the same diameter, thats how I did it once I had identified possible switche from their parts catelogue. The other switch supplier moss-europe. Look at the pictures on there website, but get them to meaure diameter before ordering. Hope this helps. Cheers Fabian.

  4. The ignition switch on my S1 has been getting very hot (100C+ with an infrared probe) but not the wire itself. It looks like the contact connected to the thick red power going in, feeding everything, is the culprit. Additionally, occasionally it won't start because the contacts inside the switch probably aren't doing their job, and I have to jiggle the key a bit to make contact with the starter circuit. Has anyone tried to open up and service the starter switch internals? I've seen it done on old american cars, but this one has little metal tabs that are bent in on the bakelight switchbody to hold it all together. I'm concerned that those tabs will break, not bend if I force them back. Failing that, i guess I'm ordering a replacement switch -- I recall that something like a TR6's is a suitable match if I can't find one for the S1. Advice? Thanks!
  5. Got under there and took a closer look at mine and according to this similar thread , it looks like I have the older, crappier version of the arm/bushing combo and will need replacing entirely anyways.
  6. Replacement certainly sounds like a good idea. I thought these bushings were supposed to go all the way through the control arm, so I'm a bit unsure about what's going on here. The other side looks like this, and is much tidier. Also, the other side doesn't seem to make any noise.
  7. I've been having an occasional knock in the front end going over bumps and sometimes just turning or sometimes when the weight shifts in the car. Looked under there and noticed that it looks like the bushing has crept/popped out of the lower control arm -- is this something that can be pushed back in with some silicone lube and persistence? Am I going to have to compress the spring prior to undoing that bolt if I have to? Any advice is much appreciated!
  8. Kind of blurry screencap from the video, but it shows the vent lines going into the ARO valve.
  9. Hi Brian, I don't have pics handy right now, but those clear vent hoses connect with the anti run-on valve, which is connected to the carb side face of the air filter box.
  10. By sidelight, you mean the signal lamps embedded in the bumper? I thought about that... maybe getting hold of the eurospec lights with the amber and clear sections, if they'll fit in there? I guess eventually I'd try to change the whole front bumper to the eurospec one and that would take care of it.
  11. Thanks for the awesome reply Tony! I remember those Cibies now... I had them on my old Scirocco. Those lenses are beautifully made. Mounting them to the spoiler -- I wonder if they'll bounce a bit from the thinner material there. I think I'm still considering the Phillips DRL's because of that, and I can tuck them in back farther. I just noticed that the Phillips don't look like their mounting hardware is on any sort of pivot or gimbal, so that could be a problem mounting to the spoiler angle.
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    1978 S1

  14. I would like the added safety of daytime running lights, but I don't think I want to be popping the main lights up all the time -- too much motor and linkage wear, making the flakey Lucas electrics work more than they need to. I thought I'd get some Phillips 8x led drl's to mount just under the bumper, since they don't draw too much current and are discreet rectangular things. (There's also the exhorbitant fancy new Phillips.) Then I thought about getting period fog lamps and replacing their halogen bulbs (H1's ?) with the LED equivalents. Are there examples of S1's with period-correct fog lamps? I've got a local guy selling some NOS rectangular Hella 550 yellows, but I think they're more 80's looking, unless they didn't change much from the late 70's. Also mounting them... the mounting bolt for those things is usually a thick (3/8"?) bolt -- does one just drill a big hole under into the body tub and access the other side from inside the boot? Thoughts?
  15. Thanks guys. I got both mounts replaced and wrapped the one on the exhaust manifold side with insulating wrap. It looked like the PO put in the engine mounts the wrong way... I'm discovering a whole lot of wrong with this car that I didn't see nor was disclosed to me when I bought it.
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