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kevin2306



Joined: 01 Jul 2013
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Location: nr Llangollen, north wales

PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My dad popped up today in his 1968 wolseley 6110 so I grabbed the keys and went for a spin.
Heís owned the car since 1970 and had it restored last year.
Itís settled down well and the last 6 cylinder engine is fantastic.
I donít like the power steering at all, quite vague and wanders a lot, perhaps it needs some attention as the car stood for over 30 years until last year, we have adjusted the slop as per the book. Itís had new bushes etc, tyres are new and the alignment is fine. Perhaps thatís how 1970s power steering is?
Anyone know of a steering specialist in the north west?

Kev
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Farmer John



Joined: 18 Feb 2010
Posts: 160
Location: Manawatu NZ

PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:44 pm    Post subject: 6/110 Reply with quote

Hi Kev. Lucky! They are a lovely car for sure.
Do not be too quick to suspect the power assisted steering box. If there is no power at all such as engine stopped there will be considerable play in the box because you will feel the movement the box measures to control the force applied to the steering. Anyway, by far the most likely fault will be fluid leaking.
A full steering and suspension check is warranted beginning with the usual parking on a flat level surface, check tyre pressures and measure ride heights.
Check brake drag at each wheel. Shake the steering wheel from side to side as you look for play in the steering joints. Jack each front wheel under the lower wishbone and check for any movement by grasping the wheel top and bottom and pushing and pulling top in bottom out then top out bottom in.
Incorrect toe-in will cause wandering, darting to one side etc., but you should see unusual wear on either inner or outer edges of both tyres in that case.
I am thinking though that the most likely cause of your problem is drag, tightness , or friction somewhere in the system. You will need to have the car on jacks or stands under the wishbones as far out as practical and safe. (Jacking the car in the centre letting the wheels droop will make weird things happen to the steering.)
Moving the wheels from lock to lock by pushing slowly and steadily there should not be any feeling of tightness or stiffness. Try to feel the point at which the steering starts to move. It should be so smooth that you feel only that it has moved. We do not want a "jolt".
An analogy might be pushing a table on a wooden floor where you increase the force until the table suddenly moves with a jolt. This is not what we want, rather a table on wheels which glides into motion.
You are going to have to practise this a bit on the car to be able to judge. Start from straight ahead and move either way, then a little off straight and move either way.
Try all these checks for a start none of them is a waste of time anyway as I know you have pretty high standards.
John
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Rootes75



Joined: 30 Apr 2013
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Location: Somerset

PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitted the new top entry distributor cap to the lorry this morning replacing the original horizontal entry one. Encounted a problem, 2 of the HT leads are about an inch short! The trouble is they have to be routed under the gear linkages so there has to be some slack.
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Riley Blue



Joined: 18 Jun 2008
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Location: Derbyshire

PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had the best of intentions when I went to the garage: give the Riley a polish and tidy up the wiring under the dash where a previous owner had fitted a hazard flasher unit that seemed to connect into just about every wire he could find.

I gave up on the polishing, it was far too hot but did manage to remove five chocolate block connectors and do a 'proper job' - then back indoors for another chunk of Easter egg Laughing
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MikeEdwards



Joined: 25 May 2011
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Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gave the Firenza a quick run out this morning, then fixed some dodgy wiring to the radio (replaced a big screw-type connector box with soldered joints into the ISO connector) and took it for some petrol. It's now at home ready to take to Oulton Park tomorrow. It's a bit dusty, but there's no point cleaning it off as it'll be worse after a day there.
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lowdrag



Joined: 10 Apr 2009
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Location: Le Mans

PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rebuilt the clutch master cylinder on the XKSS. Then found that the slave was buggered too, so new slave cylinder ordered.
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Ray White



Joined: 02 Dec 2014
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Location: Derby

PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'Today I took 'Trundles' for a drive. The little journey took in some lovely countryside but being Derbyshire the hills are a bit taxing. The car behaved itself well enough but I have noticed the tick over seems a bit uneven. All the compressions are equal and so I can only think there is play in the distributor. I expect a dwell angle test will show an irregular reading.
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MikeEdwards



Joined: 25 May 2011
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Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had trouble starting the Sportshatch - if I leave it for any amount of time, it really needs a squirt of "Easy Start" to get it going. Today I retarded the ignition a tiny bit (which has been recommended to try to reduce the running temperature) and it seemed to start much more easily. It might be the weather, though. I've also collected the side stripes for the car, so need to pluck up the courage to fit them now.
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Bitumen Boy



Joined: 26 Jan 2012
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Location: Above the snow line in old Monmouthshire

PostPosted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not today, but the other day I drove the Herald - properly, for once, doing useful stuff, as the modern was in the garage having its brakes fettled. Probably did less than 30 miles in total but, although I haven't driven it regularly for the best part of 5 years, everything "came to hand" in no time at all, and going back to the modern the next day felt very strange indeed Smile
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Rootes75



Joined: 30 Apr 2013
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Location: Somerset

PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Busy morning on the Commer, we cut new HT leads and fitted them to suit a top fitting cap rather than the original horizontal cap. Then we checked the tappet clearances, fitted a new tappet cover cork seal and re-fitted the tappet cover.

Still got to get the thermostat sorted.

The plan is to get her to Gaydon Classic Commercial show in 6 weeks time.
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MikeEdwards



Joined: 25 May 2011
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Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sportshatch started again without requiring Easy Start, so perhaps the change to the timing has done some good. I ran it up and down the road a bit and it doesn't seem to have affected the performance. As a reward I started measuring the stripes ready to make a mess of applying them.
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lowdrag



Joined: 10 Apr 2009
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Location: Le Mans

PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet FA, but not of my own volition. Developed a bad case of gout in the right wrist Friday evening and am finding it difficult enough even to get dressed. But when this passes a new clutch slave cylinder will be fitted.
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Rootes75



Joined: 30 Apr 2013
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Location: Somerset

PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have designed a new Thermostat housing for the lorry, repairing the old one is not feasible. I have sourced a new old style thermostat that is readily available and have now drawn up a two piece housing to accommodate it.

I have sent the drawings off to the machinists this morning to get some quotes.
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MikeEdwards



Joined: 25 May 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitted the side stripes to the Sportshatch. They're not perfect, but they finish it off quite nicely for now.
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PAUL BEAUMONT



Joined: 27 Nov 2007
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Location: Barnsley S. Yorks

PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2019 12:20 am    Post subject: Woodworm Reply with quote

Actually did something worth talking about today. Last year, when replacing the fuel tank, noticed the plywood floor looked a bit suspect. Understatement! Removed the old board yesterday having worked out how a previous owner had installed period, but not original seats. The thing virtually disintegrated as I removed it. New one fabricated from 12mm marine plywood. Original was 10mm which is no longer available. Everything drenched in preservative. Seats to fit tomorrow. Fortunately only the ply affected!
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