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by simmitc
Wed Apr 28, 2004 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Specification of NEW parts
Replies: 15
Views: 6461

The little brass winged drain tap is what this is all about. It has a proper spout, and if you put a plastic / rubber tube on it, then you can drain the radiator, including that precious anti-freeze into a container for either re-use or disposal. Clean and simple, better than the later plastic screw...
by simmitc
Tue Apr 27, 2004 10:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Specification of NEW parts
Replies: 15
Views: 6461

Specification of NEW parts

I've noticed that a lot of newly manufactured parts do not match the spec of the originals. For example, radiators without drain plugs. The excuse is that the plug would add £9 to the cost, but if you're already forking out for a new one, would that make any difference? I'd rather pay a little bit e...
by simmitc
Wed Apr 21, 2004 1:13 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: police car wheels / van wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 2523

Hi Russel, always interested in details. Ray keeps the register, but it's nice to knwo what other cards were like - colour scheme, force, type of box / light / radio, etc. Any info would be appreciated by Ray and myself. Hi Lynda, yes you're right. Desmond said that he'd be writing. I reckon Septemb...
by simmitc
Tue Apr 20, 2004 1:08 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Not charging!
Replies: 2
Views: 1117

Check the polarisation on the dynamo too. Full details in any manual.
by simmitc
Tue Apr 20, 2004 1:02 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: valve clearances
Replies: 17
Views: 3629

Another cause of rattle is if the rocker cover isn't on properly, or the gasket too thin, so that the rocker gear actuall touches the cover. Rare, but I have seen it. The adjusters, like Gunsons Clickadjust, sound great, but the threads on the adjusting screws must be perfectly clean. Any resistance...
by simmitc
Tue Apr 20, 2004 12:57 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Roof Strengthening Rails
Replies: 6
Views: 1612

Assuming we're talking standard saloon, then the hollow frame continues right over the side windows. Wires can exit and drop down beside the rear seat, but behind the headlining, and thence into the boot. Should all be nicely out of sight and protected. You'll probably have to loosen the headlining ...
by simmitc
Sun Apr 18, 2004 9:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Brake fluid query
Replies: 37
Views: 6625

I've got a couple of cars with conventional fluid and two with silicone. For normal braking on standard cars (as opposed to high speed stuff) I can't see any difference in use. The silicone is more expensive but it won't harm paint, is environmentally friendly, and NEVER needs changing, so it is a o...
by simmitc
Sun Apr 18, 2004 4:54 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: marina brake with servo problems...
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

I've done a number of these, no real problems at all, but have found that bleeding always takes more effort than you would expect. Do you want servo pressure on rear brakes as well as front? I would say YES, in which case there should NOT be a pipe from the rear of the master cyclinder to the rear b...
by simmitc
Sun Apr 18, 2004 4:45 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: police car wheels / van wheels
Replies: 10
Views: 2523

We have a Cardiff City ex panda 1968 2 door saloon and loads of documented photos etc. Categorically they are standard car wheels. It's good to hear of another panda. Have you joined the ex police register? Full details in Minor Matters under the registers section. Ray will be delighted to hear from...
by simmitc
Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:56 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Lost nut
Replies: 17
Views: 4215

Wait a year or two for the sills to rust away and then catch the nut as it falls out under the car. Joking apart, assume you are talking 2 door saloon, so remove the trim panel and just poke around. A small torch and mirror on a stalk might help, as might one of those flexible small claw tools - you...
by simmitc
Wed Apr 07, 2004 1:35 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Lower trunnion removal
Replies: 22
Views: 3314

I guess terminology comes into it here. Generally the uproght unit that connects the top and bottom trunnions and carries the stub axle is referred to as the king pin. So, to answer the original question, yes you can remove the king pin complete with the bottom trunnion from the car without removing...
by simmitc
Sun Apr 04, 2004 7:06 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Can you identify my Calliper ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1466

I get mine done at

Classicar Automotive
Unit A Alderley Road
Chelford
Cheshire
SK11 9AP

sales@classicbrakes.co.uk

Approx £40 per unit. 7 days turnround, nicely finished, never had any problems. The only b****r is the cost of posting the things off!
by simmitc
Tue Mar 30, 2004 2:55 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Horn buttons
Replies: 1
Views: 1191

Assume that by "banjo" you mean the thing with three sets of metal spokes designed to poke through your chest in an accident?. If so, then no, the two horn buttons are different. The later two spoke button simply levers out gently - remove the entire boss from the edge, not just the button itself! T...
by simmitc
Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:58 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: The right way to connect a heater?
Replies: 3
Views: 1257

The right way to connect a heater?

So we all know that the later cars have a heater with two rubber tubes coming through the bulkhead: One goes to the heater tap and one goes to a painted-black-copper-tube that leads to the radiator bottom hose. But which goes where? Now before you all rush with words of wisdom plus doubts that someo...
by simmitc
Fri Mar 19, 2004 1:46 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: need production year
Replies: 2
Views: 965

You can get a production trace from the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. Quote any identifying marks you can, eg chassis number, engine number, registration number, etc; send them a cheque (look at their web site for current price) probably about £25 and they'll send you a certificate saying w...
by simmitc
Thu Mar 18, 2004 1:37 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: STARTING HANDLE
Replies: 7
Views: 2993

And if you're stuck at the bottom of a sand dune then you can take the plugs out and wind the car up in reverse - just like the ambulance in "Ice Cold in Alex". Do make sure there's someone on the brake though!
by simmitc
Wed Mar 17, 2004 1:18 pm
Forum: Do you know....?
Topic: RAC Vehicle check, is it working
Replies: 13
Views: 3505

Hi guys, where does one access this RAC vehicle check? The only one I've seen costs £38 something a go; and I can;t believe that everyone is paying that ! Whats the URL you're all using please. Thanks.
by simmitc
Fri Mar 05, 2004 10:01 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: HT Leads
Replies: 8
Views: 2086

Some stores sell a pack of 5 leads to suit just about any A-series engine - same leads for Minor, Mini, A35, etc, etc, etc., just ask the assistant or check the package label. Alternatively, you can buy individual leads by length - measure the old ones and buy the same length new ones. Check that th...
by simmitc
Thu Mar 04, 2004 3:58 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Hubcap Release Tool
Replies: 46
Views: 12581

It was my article that you're all talking about. I guess it proves what I wrote that not all owners know everything about their cars. This purpose designed tool fits perfectly, and doesn't chip the paint. A picture is worth a thousand words, so here's how one uses the tool:- http://homepages.rya-onl...
by simmitc
Mon Feb 16, 2004 3:07 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Headlinings
Replies: 23
Views: 3280

Sorry Amanda, but you'll have to take the old lining out first & fit ythe new one properly. No other wat. Simple really, but lots of hidden bits. Start by looking under dash board for two bits (one by left pillar, one on right) of thin wire bare wire held taught by small screws. Undo screws & releas...