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by Owlsman
Sat Sep 14, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive v negative earth?
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Re: Positive v negative earth?

Blimey, who'd have thought a thread about positive v negative earthed electricity and dynamos v alternators would have veered off to discuss the merits (or otherwise) of natural and synthetic *fenestration. :D *Apologies for using such a fancy word but I'd never heard of it either 'till yesterday wh...
by Owlsman
Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Positive v negative earth?
Replies: 27
Views: 331

Positive v negative earth?

Hello chaps - bit of 'electrical' advice please. My '62 saloon is currently positive earth and with a dynamo. I'm seriously thinking of having an alternator fitted and I'm leaning towards a Dynamator jobbie i.e. the one that has all the alternator gubbins but within a dynamo casing to maintain the o...
by Owlsman
Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:51 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 21
Views: 183

Re: Circular heater

Thanks a lot for the explanation...….I'll open the heater valve tomorrow morning then and hope I'm nice and toasty when I take the car out :D
by Owlsman
Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:46 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Circular heater
Replies: 21
Views: 183

Re: Circular heater

The 'simple tap' is much more reliable than the repro cable operated ones which have a bad reputation for early failure.......and its recommended to leave the tap open all year round.
I've seen this recommendation before......but I'm not sure why. Is it possible to explain the 'risk' please?
by Owlsman
Tue Sep 10, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Door catches
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Door catches

Thanks for the tip about the dab of grease on the catches, Phil (2). Both front doors shut even better now.

I did go carefully with the grease...…...but I bet I'll still get stung for the dry-cleaning bill, the next time my wife gets in the car :D
by Owlsman
Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Door catches
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Re: Door catches

Many thanks for your help, both of you. You're right Phil (1), I was perhaps being a bit too optimistic!! I've just come in from having a little 'play' this morning with both front doors and got them both closing quite nicely.....or at least as good as they're going to get I think. The only thing I ...
by Owlsman
Sat Sep 07, 2019 7:46 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Door catches
Replies: 7
Views: 269

Door catches

Hi guys - Try as I might I can't think of what purpose the door catches (see photo) actually serve. I'm trying to improve the 'shut' of both front doors on my 4 x door saloon without a slam loud enough to wake the dead. I have made good progress by adjusting the 'toothed' door catch and also by slig...
by Owlsman
Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block

Just to round things off...…. The replacement tap arrived this morning and to be fair to the vendor, it was accompanied by a nice letter of apology and detailed instructions how to fit it. A bit of PTFE tape had already been put round the thread and the copper crush washer. Fitted it just now. No si...
by Owlsman
Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block

Update....well, sort of:- Existing tap repair - I followed your suggestion Phil and lapped in the tap/lever part to the main body of the tap, firstly with scratch remover paste then Brasso but there was no real improvement. Coolant still weeping out. I then re-did it using fine wet 'n dry paper, so ...
by Owlsman
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A little shocked
Replies: 14
Views: 684

Re: A little shocked

From what you've described there leafie, any prospective buyer may well be getting a bargain...…...if one currently on offer (by a well known MM retailer in Bristol!) is anything to go by. You can have a convertible - CONVERTED FROM A SALOON, no less!!! - complete with a VINYL roof, for the bargain ...
by Owlsman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block

Message received and understood. Thanks for that, Phil. I've just 'splashed the cash' and ordered some crush copper washers @ 30p each. I'll let you know how I get on both with my leaky tap and my Fleabay vendor. PS: As it happens I do have some Brasso but I'm thinking that a bit of paint scratch re...
by Owlsman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:03 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Re: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block

Many thanks for your prompt response, Phil. Sorry, I might be a bit dim here (err...not for the first time in my life!!) but what do you mean by 'lapping the swivel part with Brasso'? Do you mean removing the split pin, the washer and spring to release the lever and then cleaning it all out with Bra...
by Owlsman
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block
Replies: 6
Views: 268

Leaky coolant brass tap on engine block

The story so far.....I had to remove the brass tap in the first place to unblock the drainage channel - a long saga in itself but suffice to say I managed it. Ever since the tap was replaced water has been weeping from the point where the tap meets the block....or so I thought. I've tried a variety ...
by Owlsman
Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.

Thanks Chipper. As it happens, I've decided against applying any sealant, mainly on the advice of my son who said pretty much the same as you. At one time he had an oldish Toyota Celica with built-in rust-traps and the members of his owner's club warned him against effectively trapping water inside ...
by Owlsman
Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:02 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.

Good point, well made, Phil. Never thought of it like that. (I was only being a bit facetious, of course) :D
by Owlsman
Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.

I do understand what you mean Steve. Just another definition of 'mission impossible' but that's not going to stop me trying or at least slowing the process down! The guy I bought my Moggy from was very much 'old school' and every time he changed the engine oil he mixed some of it with half a tin of ...
by Owlsman
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: ''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.
Replies: 8
Views: 324

''Mind the gap''.....at rear of front wing.

I've probably not described it very well in the Subject Heading but we all know that there is a 'rust trap waiting to happen' (and often does) where the rear of the front wing meets the area near the door hinge pillar. Is it called a cloaking panel? What was Mr Issigonis thinking of when he signed o...
by Owlsman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Oil pressure query
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Re: Oil pressure query

Thank you kindly, gentlemen...…..I shall sleep a little easier tonight :D

No, seriously though, your wise words are much appreciated. Thanks.
by Owlsman
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Oil pressure query
Replies: 4
Views: 169

Oil pressure query

Hi all - I've had a Smiths capillary type oil pressure gauge professionally fitted on my '62 1098 saloon and am a bit concerned that the oil pressure is a bit low. On initial start up it's around 60 but when fully hot and say, pulling uphill it's around 50, or just over, at about 50mph. At a similar...
by Owlsman
Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Morris Minor Music
Replies: 54
Views: 5191

Re: Morris Minor Music

…….is that the Light Programme? :D