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MikeEdwards



Joined: 25 May 2011
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Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've finally bitten the bullet and removed the inlet manifold to address the core plug issue. I had a quick go at removing the core plug first, but access is limited and it's far too easy to hit the wrong part. Even with the inlet and carbs out of the way, it was a fiddle to remove the plug.

I've cleaned up the gasket faces on the head, and tomorrow I should be able to paint the side of the block (while I have access) and put the carbs back in place. As long as I don't spend too much time messing around cleaning stuff, that is.
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BigJohn



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Location: Nr. Lancaster

PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My drivers seat in the Mk1 Escort needed re-foaming and the seat base covering, but I managed to buy a pair of unused Cobra Classic Low Back Bucket seats which match my interior very cheaply on Sunday.

Soooo, this morning I took my CAD* design for the adaptor brackets to my local engineers and had some made in 3mm X 50mm stock. Collecting them at 3.30pm, I removed the seats then primed and painted the brackets, which are drying as I type this. I will fit them tomorrow, and all for less than one seat re-trim. Happy days.






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Ray White



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2019 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have spent much of the day preparing the chassis for paint. For a car that wasn't supposed to have any rust (Oz climate) it has a fair amount. Interestingly, not just what had been painted over by the p.o. but corrosion seems to be hiding underneath the ORIGINAL paint. I suppose it is what happens to old, porous cellulose.

Fortunately the rust is only superficial.


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emmerson



Joined: 30 Sep 2008
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Location: South East Wales

PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm putting my Talbot Camper van back together after having had some welding done.
The problem started with the rear quarter bumpers coming adrift, but obviously didn't stop there! a simple 2" square hole each side, which then became a 14" long hole in one side, as always.
But what I don't understand is why the holes appeared in the middle of the panel, with clean white paint all around, when seen from the inside after removing half the shower room in case of fire.
The rest of the damage was below a seam line but the bumper fixing was in clean shiny steel. Most odd.
Oh, and the nuts holding the bumper to the bracket had rusted away, too.
Strange steel the French used in the 80s.
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

^ I have similar on my Audi project - a bit of rust in the middle of a panel of otherwise perfectly clean steel.

I've put the carbs back on the Firenza today, and it's all running nicely again. While they were off, I noticed that one of the heater outlets was quite badly corroded, so I swapped it for a new nice one that I'd bought with this in mind. I thought it would be difficult to undo, corroded into place and perhaps maybe best left alone, but it came out quite easily in the end.
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BigJohn



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nearly finished fitting my new bucket seats, it appears a diet might be on the cards........ Sad
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took the Hillman 80 to a local WW2 airfield get together, at Weston Zoyland. Very informal but lots of nice people.
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V8 Nutter



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2019 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took the Cadillac to Bewdley Festival. We had an organised cruise around the town centre escorted by two Crown Victoria police cars, complete with sirens and lights. It was amazing how many members of the public were there to watch. The pavements were absolutely packed.
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Riley Blue



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rootes75 wrote:
Took the Hillman 80 to a local WW2 airfield g et together, at Weston Zoyland. Very informal but lots of nice people.


Many years ago I used to take a friend there so he could drive. He'd lost his sight in a motorcycle accident but persuaded me to let him drive my car, an Austin 1300GT. Very Happy
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On some parts of the old airfield you can still take a car to learn to drive, these days you have to pay though!
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peter scott



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fitted a GB plate in early preparation for a visit to the Netherlands next year.



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Riley Blue



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a very enjoyable day in Riley Blue on Saturday taking part in the Lincolnshire Sausage Rally, organised by the Lincolnshire Cooper Club.

The 97 mile route from the International Bomber Command Centre through The Wolds called in at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, home of Just Jane, the Lancaster bomber which made a couple of taxi runs - very moving to hear four Merlins start up just yards away and watch the airframe vibrate as the revs increased.

The route was the perfect mix of tight & twisty lanes and fast & flowing roads, all great fun - the road south from Cadwell Park is now in my 'top five' English driving roads.

It was to have been our final event of the summer but we've done more miles and had so much fun this year we're thinking of investing in some winter tyres, duffle coats and bobble hats - I already have the string back gloves Smile
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Riley Blue wrote:
We had a very enjoyable day in Riley Blue on Saturday taking part in the Lincolnshire Sausage Rally, organised by the Lincolnshire Cooper Club.

The 97 mile route from the International Bomber Command Centre through The Wolds called in at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, home of Just Jane, the Lancaster bomber which made a couple of taxi runs - very moving to hear four Merlins start up just yards away and watch the airframe vibrate as the revs increased.

The route was the perfect mix of tight & twisty lanes and fast & flowing roads, all great fun - the road south from Cadwell Park is now in my 'top five' English driving roads.

It was to have been our final event of the summer but we've done more miles and had so much fun this year we're thinking of investing in some winter tyres, duffle coats and bobble hats - I already have the string back gloves Smile


You talk like a true enthusiast! Winter driving has its compensations. I used to know an old chap who drove a 1750 Alfa as every day transport; it was his only car and he never put the top up ( I don't even know if it had one!) and he would drive to work come rain or shine and even snow. He would say it "cleared out the pipes". I never knew if he was referring to the car... or himself! Laughing
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alastairq



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree..sometimes winter runs can be most invigorating...although beautiful clear winter days can have the drawback of blindingly bright winter sunshine......the Dellow doesn't have sun visors!!
Spent the Saturday running an Observed section for the MCC's Edinburgh Trial, which annoyed Derbyshire on Friday night/Saturday.

Deep in the side of Derbyshire,at Clough wood, just outside Darley Dale.
A long day, but thankfully, a dry one. Many & various ages of machine to see...cars, sidecars, 3 wheeler and cars of all descriptions.....very greasy clay surfaces meant a lot of my time was spent picking myself up from the ground.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
There used to be a JET 1 replica around Patchway/Filton, I think the driver worked at either the engine works or the aircraft side. He drove that in all sorts of weather.
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