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by Chipper
Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:22 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Restoring minor wheels
Replies: 12
Views: 2527

Re: Restoring minor wheels

I had a quote of around £30 per wheel from a local shot-blasters for my LP917 van rims, so being the tight git I am, I spent a couple of days bare-metalling them myself using an air-driven sander, scraper, paint stripper, and various grades of wet & dry paper, wire wool, wire brushes, etc. It was ha...
by Chipper
Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4309

Re: Fuel pumps

Are you referring to Burlen? I've only used them a couple of times, but haven't had any problems. It was worse for me getting hold of a rebuild kit for a Weber carb from France - it took well over a month to arrive (I had to remind them), and when it did, I discovered I could have got the same kit c...
by Chipper
Fri Jan 03, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4309

Re: Fuel pumps

Agreed, the electric SU pumps do seem to be pretty effective - my 1970 Traveller is still on the original, as far as I know, although I have converted it to electronic operation with the Burlen Fuel Systems kit, after having problems with the points eroding/oxidising and not working reliably if left...
by Chipper
Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience
Replies: 38
Views: 11770

Re: Poor Quality Parts - Please report your experience

Can't you just swap the spring over? I've previously fitted new springs to tired arms and transformed them.
by Chipper
Fri Dec 27, 2013 10:24 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4309

Re: Fuel pumps

I did have mine mounted on the rubber mounts, that came with it as a 'Facet fast road' kit. However, it was still very audible at times, even sitting in the car with the engine running in a traffic jam - and the engine wasn't the quietest.
by Chipper
Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Fuel pumps
Replies: 21
Views: 4309

Re: Fuel pumps

These Facet-type pumps do click though, and very loudly! :o

I had one on my 2-litre Fiat twin-cam Minor, mounted near the fuel tank. It worked OK, but was rather noisy, which could be irritating at times. Reverted to the standard block-mounted mechanical pump in the end.
by Chipper
Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:19 pm
Forum: Bodywork
Topic: Broken axle
Replies: 4
Views: 1393

Re: Broken axle

Worrying, and most unusual to have it occur on both sides! :o Any pics of the "alarming camber"?

My Traveller's axle has a small rust hole under one of the perches, which did worry me when I first saw it, but it's been OK now for several years (I put some grease over it to prevent further rust).
by Chipper
Wed Dec 25, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: wolfrace
Replies: 20
Views: 3506

Re: wolfrace

On a different note what's the best way to polish them...and with what....mine are dull..also those centre caps ..do they push on or do you take the wheel off then push them on from the inside...with thanks Use Solvol Autosol if they are only lightly oxidised/corroded, or a rotary polisher if heavi...
by Chipper
Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: wolfrace
Replies: 20
Views: 3506

Re: wolfrace

They look good. :) What size are they - 13" or 14"?
by Chipper
Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:26 am
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mini manifold and hs2?
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: Mini manifold and hs2?

Do HS2 carbs have the spring on the needle? I thought they just fitted directly into the piston. :-?
by Chipper
Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:23 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mini manifold and hs2?
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: Mini manifold and hs2?

No, running it like that shouldn't harm the engine, but you won't want to be running it like that for long, as:

a) it will be deafening
b) it will be embarassing
c) you may get pulled over by Old Bill for excess noise pollution.
by Chipper
Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mini manifold and hs2?
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: Mini manifold and hs2?

Whereabouts did the manifold crack - on the bit that the clamp attaches to?

It may be possible to either get it welded, or maybe to use a strong, heat-proof adhesive, such as Chemical Metal, JB Weld, etc...
by Chipper
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: Useful Tips
Topic: Moggie engine removal-the easy way.
Replies: 14
Views: 13560

Re: Moggie engine removal-the easy way.

Indeed, it is a boon that the front panel does unbolt, as you can then just wheel the engine away from the gearbox on a trolley jack, as I had to this summer when the clutch release bearing wore down to the metal, leaving me with no clutch: http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z300/Zender535i/DSCF1204...
by Chipper
Thu Dec 19, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Mini manifold and hs2?
Replies: 15
Views: 2156

Re: Mini manifold and hs2?

What a strange thing to happen! :o

AFAIK, an HS2 carb has a smaller mounting flange size and bolt-hole spacing to the HS4, so you'll need to match the carb with the appropriate manifold.

However, both HS4 and HIF carbs share the same diagonal bolt spacing. :wink:
by Chipper
Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Lever Arm Damper Valves
Replies: 16
Views: 3526

Re: Lever Arm Damper Valves

Interesting. I fitted a cheap telescopic kit front and rear back in the early 1990s (removing the lever arm damper valves to deactivate them, of course), and the original front dampers were American-made Gabriel Red Ryder ones, which I have noticed have exactly the same lengths when extended and com...
by Chipper
Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:40 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Lever Arm Damper Valves
Replies: 16
Views: 3526

Re: Lever Arm Damper Valves

Good to hear that - thanks. I currently have Mini front telescopics fitted on my Traveller, which I gather aren't ideally suited to it, so I'll have a go at reinstating the original lever arms at some point...
by Chipper
Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:35 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Lever Arm Damper Valves
Replies: 16
Views: 3526

Re: Lever Arm Damper Valves

Thanks for the reply. I shall give the valves from the rear a go on my car's front lever arms at some point, and maybe experiment with some heavier grade oil...
by Chipper
Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: Lever Arm Damper Valves
Replies: 16
Views: 3526

Lever Arm Damper Valves

Does anyone happen to know if the lever arm damper valves can be swapped front to rear? I happen to have a spare set of front & rears, but only one front has a valve. Today, I removed a valve from one rear damper and the front and they appear identical, but can anyone confirm this to be the case? TIA,
by Chipper
Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: nuts!
Replies: 11
Views: 1520

Re: nuts!

Agreed, there is that. Mind you, I have managed to successfully re-bead car tyres using just a good old foot pump, and maybe a bit of sealant gloop or even water.