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by simmitc
Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Grease Paper
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Perfect. Thanks Kevin. Well found.
by simmitc
Tue Feb 22, 2005 8:29 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Grease Paper
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Except (a) the baking paper is kind of "crisp", the proper brown stuff is soft; (b) how on earth am I meant to get baking paper out of Angela's kitchen without arousing very great suspicion? :o
by simmitc
Tue Feb 22, 2005 1:10 pm
Forum: Other
Topic: Grease Paper
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Grease Paper

Hi chaps & chapesses. When buying new bearings and the like, they come wrapped in a grease-impregnated brown paper material. Does anyone know where one can buy sheets or rolls of the stiff for wrapping spares in long-term storage? Yes, I know all the other options, but I'd like to use the OEM materi...
by simmitc
Mon Feb 21, 2005 12:19 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HELP! Urgent reply needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 2118

Could be a blocked jet - using the choke lowers the jet away from the needle which would give a better opening. If the engine's done only 56K then unless it's been treated very badly it should be OK to take a new head - much cheaper than a new complete engine; but do try all the other ideas first. A...
by simmitc
Sun Feb 20, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Unleaded Head info
Replies: 8
Views: 1582

Wrong. Hardened valve seats, not valves. That's why we have to buy them - easy to fit a new valve, but most won't have the specialist equipment to fit the seats!
by simmitc
Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:11 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: old petrol
Replies: 10
Views: 1843

Petrol certainly does go "off" but I'd have thought that 3 months should have been OK. Is it getting fuel through to the carb? Perhaps the pump is gunged up as the old fuel evapourated in storage?
by simmitc
Sun Feb 20, 2005 5:06 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HELP! Urgent reply needed!
Replies: 12
Views: 2118

Not wishing to sound an ominous note, but I had (or at least one of the cars had :roll: ) exactly the symptons that you describe. After changing all electrical, also checked compression with no obvious fault. Eventually took the head off, and it turned out to be a VERY worn valve guide. At idle the ...
by simmitc
Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:32 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: I think I've put the front wheel bearings in wrong
Replies: 6
Views: 1383

Play at the rim is definitely wrong on standard bearings. The spacer between the inner and outer sets should be compressed. I guess that if thrust is applied to the wrong side it could lead to the bearing failing completely. As Cam says, try to change it, but even a newer bearing is cheaper than the...
by simmitc
Wed Feb 16, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: MOT and brakes
Replies: 10
Views: 1948

Good news, it's always pleasant to get a "pass", and the more Moggies on the road, the better. There will be three pairs of readings: Front brakes, rear brakes with pedal and rear brakes as handbrake. For each pair, there is a left hand wheel and and a right hand wheel reading. The figures represent...
by simmitc
Tue Feb 08, 2005 1:37 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: these ere newfangled heating windscreens - any good?
Replies: 6
Views: 1830

When I'm away on business I have a company car, usually a Mondeo, and usually with a heated front screen. You can see the very thin wires if you look for them, but not concious of them during normal driving. I agree with Woo, the defrost value and demist effect is GREAT. I visited the MMC Brum at th...
by simmitc
Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:39 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox or clutch fault?
Replies: 37
Views: 3973

Agree with Ray, flywheel easy to remove. However, BEFORE removing it, rotate it and identify the marking on the edge that says 1/4 which indicates TDC for pistons 1 & 4. Position this at the top of the flywheel. After removing the flywheel, keep the engine in the same position, and ensure that flywh...
by simmitc
Tue Jan 18, 2005 12:15 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Coil + or - CB/SW ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1990

It depends on whether you are still +ve earth or have converted to -ve earth. If +ve earth then the CB = +ve, SW = -ve. If -ve earth then CB and SW will (or should) have been reversed. So +ve earth use + to contact breaker,; -ve earth use + to the ignition switch.
by simmitc
Sun Jan 16, 2005 8:43 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox or clutch fault?
Replies: 37
Views: 3973

Wow, that's a new one to me. I'm sure that someone will have seen it before, but I imagine that it's still pretty rare. I've seen broken springs with juddering, but not a complete break. Without seeing the ring gear it's diffucult to say, but I'd change it - easier to to dit now, than wreck a starte...
by simmitc
Fri Jan 14, 2005 1:16 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox or clutch fault?
Replies: 37
Views: 3973

If you have to change the gearbox - the existing gearbox has a special front seal (not cheap) so it is worth to keep that (it comes with the gearbox front plate inside the bellhousing) OK, Ray, I give up, how on earth can you tell that without seeing the box. If you're that good perhaps the rest of...
by simmitc
Fri Jan 14, 2005 1:00 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox or clutch fault?
Replies: 37
Views: 3973

Hi Gluck, it is sounding more like the gearbox, but just to be clear, when you say that prop shaft not turning, is this with using the engine test or the turn-rear-wheel-by-hand test?. If the former, then defintielt box / clutch; if the latter then half shaft. When doing the rear wheel test, it is e...
by simmitc
Fri Jan 07, 2005 1:39 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: gearbox or clutch fault?
Replies: 37
Views: 3973

Questions.... a) Does the car move at all when the noise occurs? If yes, could be stripped teeth on one or more gears - I once limped three miles with the car lurching forward, slowing, lurching, slowing, etc with horrible noise. b) If car not moving, can an assistant check whether thr prop shaft is...
by simmitc
Thu Jan 06, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Driving lamps
Replies: 53
Views: 8852

So the question is, how come we're seeing so many modern boxes driving around with factory fitted driving lamps that operate oon dip beam?
by simmitc
Sat Jan 01, 2005 9:41 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Servo plumbing
Replies: 30
Views: 3592

I think that everything has been said. Servo or no servo is a personal choice, with no right or wrong answer. With drums the servo will make braking less effort, but not more effective. With discs it's more important as the effort needed to operate them is oftern perceived as "hard" on the left leg....
by simmitc
Thu Dec 30, 2004 9:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Servo plumbing
Replies: 30
Views: 3592

I've fitted many servo kits and agree with general concept m/c to servo. servo out to in on 3 way, 1st out to existing front splitter (with brake light switch) 2nd out to existing rear splitter on back axle. Servo does not improve efficiency, but does make it a lot easier on the foot when using disc...
by simmitc
Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:11 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: system 4
Replies: 9
Views: 1600

I seem to recall Practical Classics running a proper test of some similar "catalyst" type products a good few years ago. They ended up with a lot of valve seat recession. The manufacturer made a great fuss about not proper conditions, and wanting to examine the head; but I never heard any more. The ...