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by kevin s
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Stiff door hinges
Replies: 4
Views: 309

Re: Stiff door hinges

You might find a drop of oil works better as it will penetrate futher into the hinge, follow up with some grease for the longer term.
by kevin s
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:25 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 319
Views: 78704

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Been doing a few more tweaks, took a shim out of the passenger door top hinge to improve the fit, the gaps are almost even now! Also bought a new filler cap as using it more and filling it up i've noticed the after market locking one leaks. rps20200324_200553.jpg I also improved the alternator mount...
by kevin s
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:18 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: how to paint
Replies: 10
Views: 403

Re: how to paint

As said the paint most panels come in is just a protective layer for transportation, it usually wipes off with cellulose thinners, the best paints around now are epoxy primers, they stick far better and are tougher than the older generation of paints like hammerite plus they are not hydroscopic like...
by kevin s
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Painting engine.
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Painting engine.

Most engine laquers go straight on the bare iron, I have also used teamac machinery paint before (only comes in tractor colours).

I've seen custom guys using standard 2 pack refinishing paint not sure how long it lasts though.
by kevin s
Thu Mar 12, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: winter tyre question
Replies: 13
Views: 349

Re: winter tyre question

Are they winter or all season tyres, many suppliers sell all season tyres as winter tyres (which they are by definition I supose). It should be marked on the sidewall.
by kevin s
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:52 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Roof guttering
Replies: 8
Views: 318

Re: Roof guttering

On ours I replaced everything from the door seal flange out, I removed, repaired and re-fitted the area at the base of the A pillar and folded the rest from 1mm sheet steel I can't remember it being that difficult, just make sure it goes tightly into the corner otherwise the door window frame will h...
by kevin s
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Painting engine.
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: Painting engine.

I would paint the areas which need it then oil the rest of it at the end of the day the paint is really only cosmetic, the surfaces that are important to keep rust free are the ones you won't be painting.
by kevin s
Thu Mar 12, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: Converting traveller to pickup with extended chassis
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: Converting traveller to pickup with extended chassis

As said above the traveller uses a saloon floorpan, the van / pick up a seperate chassis. While either coild be extended the seperate chassis would be a lot easier. If you extend the wheelbase both would need a SVA inspection as you will be modifying the structure, you could lengthen just the rear o...
by kevin s
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Fuel gauge not working
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: Fuel gauge not working

The voltage stabaliser supplies a constant 10V to the instruments so the reading is not affected by battery state of charge, the original ones use a coil around a bimetalic strip and some points, you can get more reliable solid state replacements nowadays. To check the sender ground the wire at the ...
by kevin s
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Engine and Gearbox Oil
Replies: 6
Views: 244

Re: Engine and Gearbox Oil

I've been running 75w90 gl4 gear oil in my gearbox, I figured oil technology might have moved on in 60 years, seems to be work very well, quiet, good gearshift no leaks (it does have a proper seal on the front too though).
by kevin s
Sun Feb 23, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Heater valve !
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Heater valve !

I cut the base off the broken heater valve leaving a couple of mm of the body to form a ridge to retain the hose. Seems to be working fine.
by kevin s
Tue Feb 18, 2020 9:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: spray cans
Replies: 4
Views: 294

Re: spray cans

My local motor factors (galleywood motor spares chelmsford) 6sells the professional ones, they give a better finish and coverage than the regular ones. One was adequote to paint a wing on our MX5..

I believe most automotive paint suppliers do them.
by kevin s
Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Heater valve !
Replies: 30
Views: 936

Re: Heater valve !

I fitted a plastic VAG one in the hose, works well, only problem is it works back to front so pull for heat rather than push.
by kevin s
Sat Feb 08, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Black watery exhaust emissions
Replies: 7
Views: 252

Re: Black watery exhaust emissions

Even a modern car will do it, especially if it's only been used for short journeys, I once took my wifes mazda on a run after she had been using it for short journeys, when I hit the motorway I thought I had blown it up, vast clouds of white steam coming out of the exhaust, after a couple of miles i...
by kevin s
Thu Feb 06, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: starting
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: starting

I am pretty sure it is to do with the aftermarket pump (the needle and float are new) but given I had the filter king and I have had one working well on my elan for 25+ years it seemed a simple (and cheap) option which also in the event of breakdown allows me to use any low pressure fuel pump to han...
by kevin s
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: starting
Replies: 49
Views: 2787

Re: starting

To close out the original post, since I have fitted the filter king it has started perfectly every time, and it even seems to run smoother at idle as well.
by kevin s
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 319
Views: 78704

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Took it for a longer drive today, heater seems to be working well, even a reasonable amount of heat with it close to freezing outside, brakes work well and balance is much better they feel a little spongy so may need another bleed but it does stop very well. When I got home parked it while I opened ...
by kevin s
Sun Feb 02, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 319
Views: 78704

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Servo is fitted, plumbed into the front brakes only, this will move the brake balance to the front as with discs at the moment it locks the rears first which is dangerous, seems to work well, not super light like a modern car but more like my wifes mk1 mx5. 20200201_135655.jpg Given my range rover h...
by kevin s
Wed Jan 29, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Brake lines-minimum bend radius?
Replies: 40
Views: 1573

Re: Brake lines-minimum bend radius?

On the subject of copper, has anyone ever actually seen a fatigue failure? All the magazines etc quote that it fatigues, I have been using it for 30 years and never seen a failure ( one car has done over 100k miles) . I have though seen steel both fatigue and rust through.
by kevin s
Sat Jan 18, 2020 6:44 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 319
Views: 78704

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

Battery worked fine, I have also fitted a filter king filter / pressure regulator, to avoid drilling holes I used 2 which were originally used for the felt on the inside of the bulkhead (now glued on). rps20200117_215748.jpg Also drilled and tapped the inlet manifold for the servo connection. rps202...