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by alexmcguffie
Sun Nov 20, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Anyone Know about Zinc Plating at home
Replies: 5
Views: 1231

Re: Anyone Know about Zinc Plating at home

I've used this kit for a while. Does a very good job but you need to keep on top of the chemicals and add brightener now and again. I have access to a sand blaster so that helps with the preparation for some things.

http://gaterosplating.co.uk/Zinc-Plating-kit.php

Alex
by alexmcguffie
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:06 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Getting the horn (or not!!)
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: Getting the horn (or not!!)

Hi Tim,

Good to hear you've fixed it! I'm in the middle of designing an F1 chassis loom, so your's was easy :)

Cheers,

Alex
by alexmcguffie
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Getting the horn (or not!!)
Replies: 4
Views: 683

Re: Getting the horn (or not!!)

Sounds like there's resistance in the fuse (or its contacts) that drives the horn. It should be the one with purple wire one side and brown the other. I'd give its contacts a good clean and if that doesn't help then replace the fuse - the fuse wire in glass fuses can fatigue over time. The horn take...
by alexmcguffie
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Indicators flashing frequency?
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: Indicators flashing frequency?

Did the tester check the indicators while the headlights were on and the engine was ticking over? Chances are the battery voltage had dropped making the indicators flash slower than normal.
by alexmcguffie
Sun Nov 06, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Back light problem
Replies: 3
Views: 799

Re: Back light problem

Sounds like a broken ground wire in the boot to the rear lights. One light is using the other as a ground path. Wiring in the boot often gets neglected and damp can get in there and corrode it.

Alex
by alexmcguffie
Tue Nov 01, 2016 6:03 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Pedals!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1509

Re: Pedals!!

Hi Phil,

Mine uses a stainless bolt drilled and tapped for a grease nipple. The shaft has been fitted with a locking helicoil to stop it winding loose. Works a treat so far.

Alex
by alexmcguffie
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Pedals!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1509

Re: Pedals!!

When you get it out I went to the effort (possibly excessive!) of making a new shaft which is centre bored then cross drilled so I can grease everything in one go. Just to go completely over the top I fitted and reamed new bushes in the chassis leg and made a brass spacer to replace the original. Sh...
by alexmcguffie
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:34 am
Forum: Other
Topic: cleaning duo tone seats -advise wanted please
Replies: 6
Views: 1317

Re: cleaning duo tone seats -advise wanted please

Impressive! Could you post a photo of the can so I know what to look for?
by alexmcguffie
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Toughest paint for suspension parts?
Replies: 17
Views: 3790

Re: Toughest paint for suspension parts?

If you can afford it, sandblasting and then powder coating does a great job. Bits I had done 20 years ago still look great. Hammerite / smoothrite needs at least 2 coats and good preparation, ideally sandblasting which gives a good surface to key too. One other trick I've learnt is to bake the paint...
by alexmcguffie
Tue May 31, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: grit bead blaster - any good ?????
Replies: 12
Views: 2042

Re: grit bead blaster - any good ?????

If you do make your own cabinet good light is very important and also a good replaceable viewing screen. I find low light outside the cabinet and 2 light sources either side inside the cabinet work well. Also earth any metal parts of the cabinet including the blasting gun. I know somebody quite shor...
by alexmcguffie
Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Fog Light Logic
Replies: 7
Views: 1528

Re: Fog Light Logic

Also don't forget that your foglights should turn on automatically if a headlight bulb blows... ;)
by alexmcguffie
Tue Feb 10, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice bit if kit from Aldi
Replies: 20
Views: 5300

Re: Nice bit if kit from Aldi

Buy cheap, buy twice :)
by alexmcguffie
Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nice bit if kit from Aldi
Replies: 20
Views: 5300

Re: Nice bit if kit from Aldi

I have an equally cheap set of digital calipers and have checked them against a set of calibration gauges and they are spot on. The only down side is that the battery life is terrible even with recognised brand batteries!
by alexmcguffie
Tue Jan 27, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch Pedal Shaft stiff when re-fitted
Replies: 12
Views: 2553

Re: Clutch Pedal Shaft stiff when re-fitted

philthehill wrote: Keeping those bushes well lubricated and including the brake pedal bushes is the secret of longevity. :D
Phil
Hence my pedal shaft mod :)
by alexmcguffie
Tue Jan 27, 2015 12:30 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch Pedal Shaft stiff when re-fitted
Replies: 12
Views: 2553

Re: Clutch Pedal Shaft stiff when re-fitted

The ones I replaced measured 17mm fitted rather than the 15.875mm equivalent of 5/8". That was the 'worst case' inboard side bush. A standard length reamer is long enough to pass through both bushes at the same time.
by alexmcguffie
Tue Jan 27, 2015 10:53 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Clutch Pedal Shaft stiff when re-fitted
Replies: 12
Views: 2553

Re: Clutch Pedal Shaft stiff when re-fitted

Hi DM, Last year I knocked up a fully geaseable pedal shaft and also fitted new bushes in the chassis leg. The bushes do tighten slightly when they are fitted and should ideally be reamed with a reamer rather than a file. I forget the size now but to buy a reamer would have been quite expensive. Luc...
by alexmcguffie
Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Most reliable car?
Replies: 16
Views: 3493

Re: Most reliable car?

To me a sign of reliability is not having to carry spares. Carrying spares suggests you expect unreliability. :)

'Do nothing' is also ok until you have a trunnion collapse.... Cars have service intervals for a reason.
by alexmcguffie
Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: lubricant for bushes
Replies: 14
Views: 3326

Re: lubricant for bushes

Seems the day for smart a&$ed comments....!
by alexmcguffie
Mon Jan 19, 2015 1:28 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: lubricant for bushes
Replies: 14
Views: 3326

Re: lubricant for bushes

Hellerman Oil can be used for assembly of rubber/poly/silicone components. It acts as a lubricant but then dries to a powder over time so doesn't attract dirt and dust as grease etc would. Washing up liquid is the other option which also dries but contains salt. Depends how much of a perfectionist y...
by alexmcguffie
Thu Jan 01, 2015 1:08 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel Pump problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 1604

Re: Fuel Pump problem?

Sounds fine to me.