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by Packedup
Tue Jun 22, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Van engine rebuild
Replies: 21
Views: 2400

Re: Van engine rebuild

Keep an eye out for an unleaded 998 Mini head - They do turn up sometimes, and shou;dn't cost a vast amount. Inlet valves are slightly smaller than the 1098 Minor head I think, but compression ratio is higher, which I suspect makes it no less powerful, and maybe a little more economical :)
by Packedup
Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:18 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Help/ Ital engine/marina bellhousing/toledo box.
Replies: 9
Views: 1878

Re: Help/ Ital engine/marina bellhousing/toledo box.

The Marina box is the Triumph one, isn't it? Aside from the stalling issues (maybe forcing the pressure plate, and so flywheel and crank too hard at the thrust bearings?), these suffer from too much play in the pivot pin for the clutch fork.. I say too much play, the pins are known to fall out - And...
by Packedup
Fri Jun 11, 2010 2:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: hello from the side of the road
Replies: 9
Views: 1235

Re: hello from the side of the road

(I wonder why the wire isn't soldered on??- looks to be crimped.) Not only is it crimped, but the terminals on the damned things fatigue and fail along the rivet.. Or at least mine did, and it was maybe 2 years and 500 miles old. I dug a 45d out my spares box, to bypass that whole issue. And then h...
by Packedup
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox leak
Replies: 42
Views: 2718

Re: gearbox leak

Oh - so you were already -re-using the head gasket ? No matter - I have re-used gaskets many a time when I was a poor student (as opposed to current status of poor pensioner!). Seriously - get stuff like this locally - no need to pay fancy ESM price and postage!! ESM do a full 1098 engine gasket se...
by Packedup
Thu Jun 10, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Distributor Problem
Replies: 25
Views: 2337

Re: Distributor Problem

There was a series of posts about this guy before and his electronic kits. The price is too good to believe. Anyone bought one before? I think it was him I bought a kit for a 25D from last year. And it was about a fiver cheaper back then, too. After fitting, I had to adjust the timing a little to g...
by Packedup
Thu Jun 03, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Exhaust to manifold question
Replies: 29
Views: 7059

Re: Exhaust to manifold question

As long as the surfaces are clean before assembly, and there's plenty of paste applied, those clamps should hold for a while, even though they're not ideal. The only reason I use a 2 bolt type at the moment is I misplaced half the pressed metal type when messing with engines recently.. The clamp tak...
by Packedup
Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 1275 engine
Replies: 17
Views: 2770

Re: 1275 engine

Midget engine is easiest, all this talk of changing flywheels has never made much sense to me, as they use the same gearbox input shaft (in fact, aside from some beefed up internals, same gearbox!), and just slot into place. The clutch is a diaphragm rather than coil sprung thing, which some mifght ...
by Packedup
Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Lifting out the engine...
Replies: 15
Views: 1861

Re: Lifting out the engine...

When I removed and replaced Puddles' engine I used a trolly jack and lifted it up clear of the engine mounts. Then heaved it over the front cross member... I had taken the front of the car off first... Me too... Though I sort of regretted it when trying to get out of bed the next day. Which didn't ...
by Packedup
Sun Aug 31, 2008 12:42 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: petrol in oil
Replies: 19
Views: 3198

Define split. It's possible to have a small tear and still have some fuel make it to the carb, although you'd almost certainly notice a drop in power through fuel starvation. If you think about it, a small hole will mean a drop but not toal loss of pressure, and that drop will be from fuel passing t...
by Packedup
Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:37 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 3.7 Diff
Replies: 28
Views: 4056

http://www.mgcars.org.uk/midgetspritecl ... atios.html

Not sure if it helps or not, but it claims there's different pinions available :)

Might be worth trying the MG specialists to see if there's any truth to it.
by Packedup
Sat Aug 30, 2008 10:19 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: 3.7 Diff
Replies: 28
Views: 4056

Can't you just change the speedo drive in the box? I was under the impression there's different "colours" available for the ribbed box, each one with a different ratio.
by Packedup
Sat Aug 30, 2008 8:20 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: petrol in oil
Replies: 19
Views: 3198

Kevin wrote:
By any chance has it had a mechanical petrol pump fitted?
Thats got my attention Leo what difference would that make.
As alluded to, if the diaphragm lets go petrol can leak into the sump pretty easily as the diaphragm is the only seal between pump and engine.
by Packedup
Fri Aug 29, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Metro GTa spares source
Replies: 10
Views: 1982

Re: Metro GTa spares source

mowogg wrote:My neighbour is scraping a metro gta 1300 cc. WHat parts would be usefull.
:roll:

The whole car, to someone who has an enthusiasm for them...
by Packedup
Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:05 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Austin Healy Sprite
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

That looks a very nice car - the chrome bumper models are the ones to go for! It would not have been 1275 originally - must have had engine swap at some point. Are you sure, I thought the 1275 came in around 66? As far as I know all cars with the bolted on hood (as opposed to the removable hood/ fr...
by Packedup
Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:17 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Austin Healy Sprite
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

Just about all the panels are avaliable, and unlike packedup I havent had any problems fitting the few that I have needed. II've not yet had to buy any new panels for the Midget (I'm intending on going GRP as I can't afford ally, don't like rust, and want to save weight), but my comment was more in...
by Packedup
Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:38 am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Austin Healy Sprite
Replies: 30
Views: 6820

All versions are fun cars, easy to work on, reasonable part prices for most items (very similar to Minor) and cheap to run / own. I've got a mk2 (heavily modified/ chopped about by previous owners). Some parts are silly money from MG specialists and are the same as Minor parts (1098 clutch kit spri...
by Packedup
Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tax exemption for pre 1973 scraped next year??
Replies: 30
Views: 5774

I currently have 5 cars (the pickup, a Triumph, a Midget, and two Metros). Admittedly at least two of those need to go, but that still leaves me with more than one. Why, when I can only drive one at a time, should I pay tax for each one? Never mind tax exemption for the pre 73 cars, where's my multi...
by Packedup
Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:19 pm
Forum: Custom & Modified Register
Topic: mg or mini?
Replies: 6
Views: 2453

If you have the best part of £1000 to get a good turbo lump, and then the not trivial amount it would cost for the new crank (I assume the crank is replaced in these conversions, and not modified masssively instead) plus other machining work, then go for it. I'd go with a 200 quid 1275 Midget/ Marin...
by Packedup
Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:05 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Wing Mirrors
Replies: 10
Views: 2958

*Sigh* http://www.motuk.co.uk/manual_810.htm That's a very useful site (again..) for this kind of question :) The basic answer is a Minor needs one rear facing mirror. So if you've got the interior/ rear view one, then you don't *need* a wing/ door one. However, you might still want one so you can h...
by Packedup
Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:14 pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: radio control
Replies: 5
Views: 1564

Some manufacturers use different ways of sending the signal, so just because the frequency is right doesn't automatically mean any receiver will work with any transmitter. Chances are if these are toys (and not models, the difference being price and fragility, plus snob value of course) then any che...