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by alanworland
Tue Feb 11, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Other
Topic: Exhaust Baffles
Replies: 9
Views: 343

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: 343

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: 531

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: 309

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: 531

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: 256

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: 573

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: 1478

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: 311

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: 477

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: 477

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: 208

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: 324

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: 324

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: 177

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
by alanworland
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Spare engine
Replies: 5
Views: 345

Re: Spare engine

Excellent tip about the citric acid! Thanks.
When rummaging around in my sidevalve block years ago out came what I thought was a nail at the time but I realised it was a piece of stout wire which I presume was used in the casting process!

Alan
by alanworland
Tue Dec 10, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trolley jack overhaul
Replies: 20
Views: 874

Re: Trolley jack overhaul

A local motor mechanic who used to work locally had a car collapse on him, he managed to draw attention of neighbours/passers by who managed to release him to be hospitalised.
He gave up as a motor mechanic, he was no youngster and had worked for decades.
Not sure what caused the collapse.

Alan
by alanworland
Tue Dec 10, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trolley jack overhaul
Replies: 20
Views: 874

Re: Trolley jack overhaul

Who gets under a vehicle supported just by a jack?

Alan
by alanworland
Tue Dec 10, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trolley jack overhaul
Replies: 20
Views: 874

Re: Trolley jack overhaul

Just to let all the doom and gloom merchants know that my 35 year old jack is now working a treat! I think the main culprit of my air problem was the old oil, came out clean but the new jack oil that I bought is a lot thinner and I believe flows into the pump cylinder without causing an air (vacuum)...
by alanworland
Thu Dec 05, 2019 12:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Trolley jack overhaul
Replies: 20
Views: 874

Re: Trolley jack overhaul

I have been having problems with my 35 year old trolley jack and air in the pumping circuit. Didn't want a new one as I had made smaller diameter wheels for it to go under wife's Mini and it doesn't creep down! I have bled it by pumping and the release valve open and it is fine - for a while and the...