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by myoldjalopy
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Coil? Or something else...
Replies: 7
Views: 97

Re: Coil? Or something else...

In addition to the above, have a good look at the condition of the king lead where it goes into the coil, and whether it goes in tightly - might be a dodgy conection, made OK when you first push it in, but then loosening as you try to fire the engine.
by myoldjalopy
Tue Sep 17, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Essential Spare?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: An Essential Spare?

Yes, there is a certain amount of sense in what you say, Ian. And as I have pointed out before, with age and use, any and every part will fail sooner or later, even if the car is well maintained. Its just a matter of time. Ominously, some have reported early failure of new replacement parts! Certain...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Axle tramp
Replies: 71
Views: 1353

Re: Axle tramp

Not to mention the steering wheel nut :(
by myoldjalopy
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Essential Spare?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: An Essential Spare?

I may be reckless, but a failure every 25 years wouldn’t convince me to class this as an essential spare! There are so many things I could carry in the car if I worried too much. Fair point, but as the pedal rod broke, I'm wondering if the adjustment rod may be next as they are presumably the same ...
by myoldjalopy
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Steering Rack
Replies: 31
Views: 483

Re: Steering Rack

"do you need to remove the normal type grease nipple to use one of these guns ?" No, the gun fits straight over the nipple. Pity it is out of stock but there must be others on the market - you'd think so, anyway. I think you could use a grease gun to pump the oil but clean all the grease out first.....
by myoldjalopy
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:59 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Steering Rack
Replies: 31
Views: 483

Re: Steering Rack

I use one of these to oil the rack via the steering nipple: https://www.frost.co.uk/hp-push-type-oil-gun/
It does the job but leaks a bit while in storage so I keep it in a polythene bag.
by myoldjalopy
Sun Sep 15, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Essential Spare?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

Re: An Essential Spare?

Yes, back in the 1970s driving a 1955 Minor. A long way from home, but the route had few junctions. Started the car in first gear (a bit brutal) and went through the gears to top ( it's surprisingly easy to get engine speed just right for clutchless gear changing if you concentrate). Goodness, that...
by myoldjalopy
Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: An Essential Spare?
Replies: 10
Views: 297

An Essential Spare?

I had a nasty shock a few days ago when I went to change gear and the pedal went stright to the floor with a crack! The pedal to clutch shaft had snapped in two. Miles from anywhere. And I had to climb a hill to get a phone signal...... The RAC suggested a three hour wait, so I attempted to pass the...
by myoldjalopy
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive v negative earth?
Replies: 27
Views: 350

Re: Positive v negative earth?

I expect I would notice the difference, I do notice these things. Frequently. Mine have been in for 115 years. The expected life of a plastic window is only 20 years - they may not rot but they dry out and crack, plus the opening mechanisms frequently break, or the double glazing is compromised and ...
by myoldjalopy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:32 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive v negative earth?
Replies: 27
Views: 350

Re: Positive v negative earth?

And I, for one, have retained my wooden sash windows in my Victorian house because putting plastic in looks like s***e.
Just because something is 'modern' and flash does not, necessarily, make it better. The modern world has lost a lot of charm. I could elaborate but, really, its not necessary 8)
by myoldjalopy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:23 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: We Present Norman 1970 Pickup from the Greenies
Replies: 10
Views: 168

Re: We Present Norman 1970 Pickup from the Greenies

Looks fantastic! Well done, I love those pick-ups. A friend has one but its very tatty compared to 'Norman'!
by myoldjalopy
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive v negative earth?
Replies: 27
Views: 350

Re: Positive v negative earth?

" The entire car design isn't up to modern standards." Ha ha! Beauty! 8)
by myoldjalopy
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:26 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 35
Views: 359

Re: Circular heater

The theory is that keeping the valve open provides a little more engine cooling because the water circulates round the rear of the head and block better. Also, when shut for long periods, the lack of flow means the heater matrix can get clogged up with sedimentation and the tap itself can get corrod...
by myoldjalopy
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:19 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 35
Views: 359

Re: Circular heater

As to the valve, I’ve got the cable operated version but the entire cable, knob and bracket are totally missing, so I am going to hunt for a simple tap whilst I am Stratford Autojumble this weekend. The 'simple tap' is much more reliable than the repro cable operated ones which have a bad reputatio...
by myoldjalopy
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 35
Views: 359

Re: Circular heater

Yes, but the OP says his heater has a "knob on the front" so I assume it is the standard Smiths round heater.......
by myoldjalopy
Wed Sep 11, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 35
Views: 359

Re: Circular heater

The circular Smiths heaters are very simple in operation. Yes, there is an electric motor in it. The knob turns clockwise to switch the heater fan motor on at a fast speed. Turning it further clockwise slows down the speed of the motor. Turning it fully anti-clockwise turns the heater motor off. Whe...
by myoldjalopy
Mon Sep 09, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Backfire on overrun
Replies: 6
Views: 243

Re: Backfire on overrun

It could be any number of things in addition to those mentioned above - faulty plugs, wrongly set points gap, failing condensor, weak fuel mixture, sticking valves......to mention just a few. Are all leads and connections on the ignition system secure? Have you altered/adjusted/changed anything rece...
by myoldjalopy
Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "Silly" choke cable question
Replies: 11
Views: 340

Re: "Silly" choke cable question

The one on Basil seems to have indents on the Pull Knob somehow, so it kind of has several 'click stops' without any need to twist. :-? But then with Basil, it could just be a non original Knob, although it does match all other controls..... No, I suspect it is original as my SII has exactly the sa...
by myoldjalopy
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:50 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Sorry I haven't a clue
Replies: 13
Views: 377

Re: Sorry I haven't a clue

Good on you for deciding to save another Minor from the scrap heap! Funnily enough I met someone today who recently bought a 1954 model for £150 and has a similar project on his hands to you.......It is encouraging that people are now saving cars that in previous years would have been ditched 8)
by myoldjalopy
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: No spark
Replies: 7
Views: 174

Re: No spark

Well I am glad to hear the car has been coaxed back to life - very satisfying after it sitting idle for 10 years. 8) I hope your new coil proves reliable but, as many on here have reported modern coil failures, it might be wise to look out for a good, old 'proper job' coil as a backup. There is a sc...