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by kevin s
Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Waterless Coolant: suitable for classic engines or not?
Replies: 8
Views: 301

Re: Waterless Coolant: suitable for classic engines or not?

I also have a Lotus Elan and many people use it in these without any problems, the main reason for most is to prevent head corrosion, at 3 grand for a new head it's an undetstandable investment. I personaly can't see it's worth the cost for very little benefit in a minor, even on the Elan I just cha...
by kevin s
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: misfire when cold
Replies: 14
Views: 279

Re: misfire when cold

There's a few dodgy rotor arms around and they do change with temperature as the plastic expands.
by kevin s
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Back Axle what's worth doing whilst it's out the car
Replies: 3
Views: 160

Re: Back Axle what's worth doing whilst it's out the car

If you have to change the seal mark the nut and do it back up to the same mark with a dab of threadlock, done it on our minor and loads of Ford english axles which use the same design over the years. That said as Phil says if it's not too bad leave it, it's easy enough to do with the axle back on th...
by kevin s
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Stuttering at 50+
Replies: 10
Views: 274

Re: Stuttering at 50+

Ours had the same issue, there is a completely innaccesable plastic gauze filter on the fuel pick up line in the tank, which had blocked and partialy collapsed. (I think it might havd been affected by something in the fuel) Blowing it backwards would sort it for a few days but even though there was ...
by kevin s
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox tail shaft seal
Replies: 6
Views: 83

Re: Gearbox tail shaft seal

Yes it knocks off and a new one is drifted on
by kevin s
Mon Jul 27, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Gearbox input shaft Oil seal.
Replies: 17
Views: 204

Re: Gearbox input shaft Oil seal.

Did much the same on mine, only took half an hour on the lathe..
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Sems to wofk well, no leaks at the moment, i seem to remember my seal was also 30m. OD.
by kevin s
Sat Jul 25, 2020 7:40 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: 2 door VAE 306H
Replies: 325
Views: 82841

Re: 2 door VAE 306H

The original gearbox is in the car, 1st sounds like a bag of spanners but it all works fine, I probavly will resurect the mazda 5 speed one day with the minor flywheel, clutch and starter position, this will fit. The 948 engine is in the back of my lock-up if any one wants it, never had it running b...
by kevin s
Wed Jul 22, 2020 10:24 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Distributor drive repositioning?
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Distributor drive repositioning?

I think you have to twist it to keep it in mesh with the cam as you remove it to keep it all aligned , i assume you are using a long bolt screwed into the drive to get it out? I have the a+ drive on our a series but the adaptor sleve is on the distributor, thus enabling me to drop thd drive in the s...
by kevin s
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Bonnet to wing gap
Replies: 2
Views: 173

Re: Bonnet to wing gap

Has the new bonnet (or the old one) had the side to side brace repaired, I found out the bonnet springs appart when the welds fail and you have to pull it back together when repairing it.
by kevin s
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Distributor drive repositioning?
Replies: 8
Views: 194

Re: Distributor drive repositioning?

Is the gear catching on the block at the base of the distributor bore?

A bit of carefull manuevering should get it out.
by kevin s
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:13 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Rear wheelarch bodgery
Replies: 7
Views: 238

Re: Rear wheelarch bodgery

Ours was very similar, lots of small patches tacked on and smothered in filler, the floor also had 4 layers of metal in some places. My old Range Rover was even worse, most of both footwells was what looked like old oil cans stuck together with a bucket full of a green coloured filler then heavily u...
by kevin s
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Spring hanger front collapsed - repair strategy
Replies: 30
Views: 5302

Re: Spring hanger front collapsed - repair strategy

Looking at the photos, for the area where the seat pan joins the rear of the sest crossmember it looks like they are already welded together and you just need to cut off the rusty edge. At the front you need to weld the floor to the front face of the seat crossmember again cutting all the rusty meta...
by kevin s
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:02 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Rubbish rubber.
Replies: 6
Views: 271

Re: Rubbish rubber.

Most of the suspension rubbers were cracked on ours before it ever turned a wheel, roughly 2 years after they were fitted. I've seen this accross a variety of cars, I've replaced 30 year old parts with new ones which have only lasted a year or 2. Rubber on modern cars lasts OK it must be the quality...
by kevin s
Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Very intermittent fault
Replies: 10
Views: 289

Re: Very intermittent fault

Could be the piston i the carb sticking, with the air cleaner off see if it rises and falls freely.
by kevin s
Thu Jun 11, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine to far forward?
Replies: 24
Views: 469

Re: Engine to far forward?

The 2 brackets that come off the gearbox and fit too the mounts are if I rememer correctly asymetric, could they be on the wrong sides?
by kevin s
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Engine to far forward?
Replies: 24
Views: 469

Re: Engine to far forward?

1969 1098
I measured 23mm between the rearmost part of the head just behind the heater tap and the bulkhead crossmember.
I do not have the cable fitted though.
by kevin s
Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Locking petrol cap
Replies: 13
Views: 497

Re: Locking petrol cap

How is the ring supposed to seal to the neck, ours had a similar design but used to leak there so i replaced it with a standard cap I wonder if there was a seal or something missing.
by kevin s
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1960, 2dr restoration project.
Replies: 4
Views: 190

Re: 1960, 2dr restoration project.

I'm in essex so can't come but if you post some pictures or a list of the issues I'm sure many of us will be able to guide you as to how best to get started.
by kevin s
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:08 pm
Forum: Restoration Projects
Topic: GPO Van Re made.
Replies: 30
Views: 1054

Re: GPO Van Re made.

I do all of mine directly from an android phone, click add file then select from the phone camera directory.
by kevin s
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1098 engine starts, runs, cuts out, starts, runs....
Replies: 13
Views: 616

Re: 1098 engine starts, runs, cuts out, starts, runs....

For the ignition, there should be an ignition switched 12v to the plus side of the coil. The negative side of the coil there should be a ground when the points are closed and open circuit when they are open, a ground when the points are open indicates they are assembled incorrectly or the condensor ...