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by alanworland
Sat Mar 28, 2020 9:36 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: engine rebuild won't start
Replies: 12
Views: 332

Re: engine rebuild won't start

Is the valve timing correct?
My first engine rebuild (confessions of an embarrased minor owner when I was in my teens) I had the timing out by one tooth and it wouldn't start.

Alan
by alanworland
Fri Mar 27, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Series MM Register
Topic: semaphore
Replies: 7
Views: 206

Re: semaphore

When I got my Minor some 40+ years ago they were painted and looked original finish.
I thought I had seen some stainless ones?

Alan
by alanworland
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Side lamps series 2
Replies: 16
Views: 561

Re: Side lamps series 2

My original sidelights were replaced many moons ago and instead of having two tabs only had one larger tab which secured the bezel to the base very firmly. The rubber boot is there to provide some weatherproofing. I modified my bulb holders to allow fitting of a stoplamp bulb with the 21w filament u...
by alanworland
Mon Mar 16, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: March 2020 Restoration Show - POSTPONED
Replies: 4
Views: 188

Re: March 2020 Restoration Show - POSTPONED

Sad news, my mate and I even have a hotel booked!

Alan
by alanworland
Sun Mar 01, 2020 2:44 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Removing trims on bonnet
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Removing trims on bonnet

Agree with the above, not easy to get off take extreme care.
When I replaced mine I ran a die down the studs (4 or 6ba I think) so the trims can be held on with nuts/washers.

Alan
by alanworland
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Exhaust Baffles
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Exhaust Baffles

Clamp was positioned with jaws (feet?) above and below casing and by giving a gentle squeeze the baffle positions could be established.
I then slightly deformed the case either side of each.
Worked!

Alan
by alanworland
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Exhaust Baffles
Replies: 9
Views: 382

Re: Exhaust Baffles

Many moons ago before I had a stainless system I had trouble with loose baffles and got round the problem, till the silencer packed up, by gently squeezing it with a large 'G' clamp!
It worked!

Alan
by alanworland
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 594

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

My original springs were oiled and wrapped in a fabric based insulating tape.
Sounds like a good idea, helps keep lubricant in and dirt/moisture out although I haven't got existing springs wrapped they are kept clean.

Alan
by alanworland
Wed Jan 29, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Radiator Blind
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: Radiator Blind

I used to use what was essentially a roller blind in front of the rad behind the grill, it was a proper motoring accessory sold by 'Gamages' operated by a chain within the car. Worked fine and you could go quite a few miles with it fully closed - but you had to keep and eye on temp gauge! Downside w...
by alanworland
Mon Jan 27, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?
Replies: 18
Views: 594

Re: Seven leaf or five leaf springs?

If it were me and the springs were serviceable I'd re use them. I bought new springs many years ago to replace my original 7 leaf ones and at that time didn't know they were thinner so bought 7 leaf springs, which were obviously thicker than the original. Eventually when I got the car on the road it...
by alanworland
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:14 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Rear shock absorber advice
Replies: 6
Views: 304

Re: Rear shock absorber advice

I've seen someone (on YouTube I think) dismantle a damper for refurbishing?
My rear dampers are inclined to leak from the shaft so obviously need attention but although the level drops the actual 'damping part' ,the pistons, remain covered in oil and still damp!

Alan
by alanworland
Sun Jan 26, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pins in tyres
Replies: 20
Views: 637

Re: Pins in tyres

Add a note to the note suggesting the area is covered by CCTV?

Alan
by alanworland
Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:41 am
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Split screen windscreen fitting
Replies: 39
Views: 1751

Re: Split screen windscreen fitting

I had the rear (bonded) windows come loose on my old Astra. Took them out cleaned everything up and stuck them back in with a neutral cure black silicone - never came loose again and didn't leak! I wonder if we are not going to get decent seals anytime soon whether oversize screens could be cut, as ...
by alanworland
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: beware of low flying bootlids.....
Replies: 7
Views: 355

Re: beware of low flying bootlids.....

Ouch!
Many many years ago I threaded the end of the stay 0ba and fit a wing nut to prevent the same, although I think your R clip is obviously quicker to fit.
Get well soon.

Alan
by alanworland
Sat Jan 11, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Old Lucas regulators
Replies: 13
Views: 565

Re: Old Lucas regulators

Got mine from esm, bargain price I thought and it works well enough, it's just not built like the original - far lighter in construction and not as neat.
Perhaps I shouldn't worry or be concerned about this but having an engineering background I appreciate the advantages of a well built item.

Alan
by alanworland
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Old Lucas regulators
Replies: 13
Views: 565

Re: Old Lucas regulators

I still have my original fitment regulator which has a burnt out inner coil!
I had ideas about putting the coils from my new replacement in it to retain the original appearance - what was I thinking!

Alan
by alanworland
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: I make sunvisor clamps
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: I make sunvisor clamps

Certainly look solidly made!

Alan
by alanworland
Sun Jan 05, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Block cleaning.
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Block cleaning.

Not sure what the paint finish is in my MM block it 'looks' like red lead!
Never found it in any other engines I've had apart but always thought what good idea it was as it creates a smoother internal surface which would be less likely to retain contamination.

Alan
by alanworland
Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Block cleaning.
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Re: Block cleaning.

Think I would be very wary about shot blasting the block for fear of not removing it all.

Alan
by alanworland
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Alternator to Side valve Engine
Replies: 2
Views: 207

Re: Alternator to Side valve Engine

Not very straightforward as the belt section is a lot wider than the A series pulley.
Think it would need a purpose modified alternator pulley to suit the wider section belt used

Alan