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by myoldjalopy
Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Steering Rack
Replies: 55
Views: 1325

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: 55
Views: 1325

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: 11
Views: 514

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: 11
Views: 514

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: 698

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: 698

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: 324

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: 698

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: 50
Views: 1068

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: 50
Views: 1068

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: 50
Views: 1068

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: 50
Views: 1068

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: 351

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: 432

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: 494

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: 245

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...
by myoldjalopy
Tue Sep 03, 2019 3:33 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: No spark
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: No spark

OK so now - if I understand you correctly - you have tried three coils and swapped out the electronic dizzy for one with points and you seem to be getting a weak spark. What we don't know is what has caused 'no spark' to change to 'weak spark'. You would have been wise to have tried 'beero's' coil t...
by myoldjalopy
Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 655JAY
Replies: 4
Views: 209

Re: 655JAY

The other thing you might like to do is fit the rubber blanking plug and the rubber clutch lever gaitor to prevent road dirt/dust/grit entering your gearbox......you may also find there is a rubber plug needed on top of the bellhousing as well.
by myoldjalopy
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Axle tramp
Replies: 90
Views: 2807

Re: Axle tramp

I think if it were axle tramp you would actually feel the back end hopping/bouncing around - not just hear a noise. Most likely to occur if you are taking a bend too fast. I have only experienced it once - in an 803cc car! :o