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MikeEdwards



Joined: 25 May 2011
Posts: 1718
Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a look at the starting issue on the Firenza, happily it was nothing more than the wire from the starter switch hanging off the terminal on the starter motor. So as a reward I tucked it up in its new cover.

I've also figured out why the speedometer stopped working in the hatch - because the speedo cable inner has snapped. I didn't think it had, but it turns out that it's frayed, and the frayed bits were holding it in place and it took quite a pull to get it out. Now I'm trying to source a replacement, failing that I'll get on to Speedograph and get one made.
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Mog



Joined: 30 Dec 2007
Posts: 633
Location: Sydney

PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the starter motor is making a clicking noise , check the battery and state of battery . Worn , bad contacts in the solenoid ????

Forget that , I now see the problem has been fixed . Missed the change of page .
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers. I spent (or wasted, depending on your point of view) some time on Monday reading up on how to strip and rebuild the starter motor anticipating some sort of issue with cleanliness or wear, only to find that it was just a hanging connector. In fact it was only the plastic insulator around the terminal that was holding it onto the starter.
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Rootes75



Joined: 30 Apr 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My youngest and I had a look round our 55 Minx this morning, got as far as stripping the seized engine a couple of years back and buying up the spares to rebuild it. Now our Commer lorry is finished we are going to spend some time getting the engine back together.

My son is 7 and is very keen to help on this one, its good to have one of the kids interested.
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