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  • Birthday 06/01/1965

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    Fixing and making things generally, bit of guitaring.... now I've got the time.

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  1. Thanks @Tony K, all stripped, cleaned and greased ( mine was in a similar state to the one shown above) and new brg installed. Earth strap also in situ. Tested under fwd motion only... it was just that stuttering in static testing that was of slight concern
  2. So when I couldn't get a consistent ferequency reading on the new cambelt, i decided to strip and check the semi-automatic tensioner, and found that the plastic piston had swelled and become jammed in the tensioner barrrel. (Pic stolen from Steve below). A little fettling on a drill mandrel with fine emery and then fastcut polish brought things back within tolerance so that, when on the bench, the spring will push the bearing out to its fullest extent. re-installed, and set belt tension to 110 Hz at 30 deg BTDC....However... if I then pull the belt on the Ex to crank run, the tensioner gets pulled bak but the spring pressure wont overcome it while static. As soon a I rotate the crank, even by 1-2degrees, it takes up the slack and settles back to the correct frequency measurements. Is this normal operation (spotted a Molemot post saying this might be expected- something to do with valve spring pressures at different points), or should the tensioner take up that slack without being moved? thanks Gurus
  3. Around 2 pm... i waved at you from the Harlequin T4...
  4. Thanks Steve, Aux dot checked and confirmed as correct before I was just that discrepancy from the manual that had me suspicious. Did the electrical tests across the eye of the lumenition module and all seems ok there. Now fires #1 spark at this position just the accelerator pump settings (using dave33's guide) to check and the carbs can go back on
  5. Hi All, bit of ressurance or adjustment advice needed please... just setting up the dizzy per service notes, having checked pulley alignment. The bible says the rotor cutout should be at 8 oclock looking at it , mine is about the 5:30 mark, but the reluctor is sitting in the correct position (p8 emd). Mine's an s3 na without vac which isnt specifically shown in the bible. Any ideas? Need I be worried? Would just like to get this right before I stick the carbs back on...thx in advance
  6. Not sure on the provenance of this info..... Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant. Ford Transit moved to Turkey 2013 with EU grant. Jaguar Land Rover has recently agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with EU grant, owned by Tata, the same company who have trashed our steel works and emptied the workers pension funds. Peugeot closed its Ryton (was Rootes Group) plant and moved production to Slovakia with EU grant. British Army's new Ajax fighting vehicles to be built in SPAIN using SWEDISH steel at the request of the EU to support jobs in Spain with EU grant, rather than Wales. Dyson gone to Malaysia, with an EU loan. Crown Closures, Bournemouth (Was METAL BOX), gone to Poland with EU grant, once employed 1,200. M&S manufacturing gone to far east with EU loan. Hornby models gone. In fact all toys and models now gone from UK along with the patents all with with EU grants. Gillette gone to eastern Europe with EU grant. Texas Instruments Greenock gone to Germany with EU grant. Indesit at Bodelwyddan Wales gone with EU grant. Sekisui Alveo said production at its Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park foam plant will relocate production to Roermond in the Netherlands, with EU funding. Hoover Merthyr factory moved out of UK to Czech Republic and the Far East by Italian company Candy with EU backing. ICI integration into Holland’s AkzoNobel with EU bank loan and within days of the merger, several factories in the UK, were closed, eliminating 3,500 jobs Boots sold to Italians Stefano Pessina who have based their HQ in Switzerland to avoid tax to the tune of £80 million a year, using an EU loan for the purchase. JDS Uniphase run by two Dutch men, bought up companies in the UK with £20 million in EU 'regeneration' grants, created a pollution nightmare and just closed it all down leaving 1,200 out of work and an environmental clean-up paid for by the UK tax-payer. They also raided the pension fund and drained it dry. UK airports are owned by a Spanish company. Scottish Power is owned by a Spanish company. Most London buses are run by Spanish and German companies. The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to be built by French company EDF, part owned by the French government, using cheap Chinese steel that has catastrophically failed in other nuclear installations. Now EDF say the costs will be double or more and it will be very late even if it does come online. Swindon was once our producer of rail locomotives and rolling stock. Not any more, it's Bombardier in Derby and due to their losses in the aviation market, that could see the end of the British railways manufacturing altogether even though Bombardier had EU grants to keep Derby going which they diverted to their loss-making aviation side in Canada. 39% of British invention patents have been passed to foreign companies, many of them in the EU The Mini cars that Cameron stood in front of as an example of British engineering, are built by BMW mostly in Holland and Austria but I wouldn't be surprised...
  7. Probably not this, but... Very similar issue on our french POS, no one could find it cos of all the plastics, but the rear suspension bush has actually come partially out of the shock, so the shock body was hitting the bolt head on heavy bumps. Went thro an MOT like it, too. Quite lucky it didnt slide right over and drop.... good luck
  8. Agree with Paul there... the inside edge of the A pillar looks aprticulary unfinished without the trim. Took about an hour and a half each side. just be extra careful if you can with the rivet placement...too close to the bead and the head of the rivet gun fouls it and will damage it if you dont realise in time.
  9. If its the original mechanical fuel pump ( and the same as my NAa?) then yes, there is a filter in it. i got crud that covered an (old) 50p piece out of mine. Worth a strip and clean, I suggest
  10. Useful info above , thanks all. One addition to the offset dog info: Just put mine back in following the manual's precedure to set at 10deg BTDC, and ended up with the dizzy 180 degrees out, so the cable exit hole was pointing upwards which seemed wrong, and the rotor arm was pointing to #4. I then realised that the ingition sprocket turns twice for every crank revolution, so another turn brought it back round to the right dizzy position, where the slot in the drive spindle is offset to the right of centre, and #1 rotor lined up as it should.
  11. That Upol reface is a godsend, isn't it? Excellent as a conversion coat and surface filler. Glad to see you're still cracking on! Should be doing the front bodyline trim on mine today if it doesnt rain.
  12. Eric, my SP also as described above, but as my carbs are currently on the workbench.... Free movement of the mechanism by hand is 90 degrees from stop to stop. Fairly sure far less than that is actuated by use of the lever though. ATB
  13. How much hassle did you have getting the angles right between the filler neck and the body? Any tips there? for me, and I really struggled, ( but now realise I have to do it again cos I didnt silicone the inner!. ), once the filler tube was in place on both the tank and the filler neck, the mating face angles really did NOT want to play -- flush at the bottom but 5mm gap at the top) I got there in the end by iterative tightening of the screws to pull in the filler neck, but it felt like there was unnecessary stress involved to do it. tried spinning the hose round, but that didnt seem to help either...
  14. I'll stick a couple n the car. let me know if you want to hook up and collect them.
  15. Normal propane torch worked fine for me. Had an old bit to play on, and followed the inx to the letter (stainless brush, heating substrate, not rod etc) . took a chisel to it afterwards and damaged the test piece, but couldnt dislodge the new material. there are other alternatives..Dad picked one up from a model show a while back, and we couldnt get that to work, but werent using stainless prep brush at the time.
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