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Ray White



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Location: Derby

PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Penman wrote:
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.


I remember Jules Holland had one of those re created in a down market TV programme.

I literally shed a tear for the original Rovers that were sacrificed. A nice XJ was also lost to it.
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Penman



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi
I think this one was just a post cyclops P4 with the body modified to look like JET 1
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I dismantled one of the new rear springs and offered the leaves up to the coarse grinding wheel and one at a time rounded the sharp corners and tapered the ends. I then greased the leaves and reassembled the spring.

Fitting new poly bushes ...but work came to a halt when I realised someone had substituted the original shackle pins with bolts forced into the spring hangers.

I will order new pins and nuts next week.

Made a hash of removing the new inner bearing from the n/s front hub which is scrap. I now have two new hubs but will have to fork out an extra 15 for another new bearing.

More haste less speed!

Also made a new gasket for the rear blanking plate on the newly refurbished cylinder head.

After much head scratching I have ordered a thermostatically controlled electric fan with 10 curved blades. I have also taken delivery of a new improved water pump with a 6 blade bronze impeller. An improved design of thermostat will also be fitted.
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lowdrag



Joined: 10 Apr 2009
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Location: Le Mans

PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is a 75 mile run for charity starting with coffee and croissant and finishing at a lorry etc museum for lunch. Looking forward to that. The owner is 87 apparently.
The forecast is good and 23C but I guess when we set off in at 9am it will be pretty chilly!
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The last couple days I have been feeding the rear seats on the Hillman Hawk, the car is totally original and the leather is very dry. I am using Conollys hide feed which seems to be doing a good job so far. I did use the same many years ago on my Ford Ten and they came up really well.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2019 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been trying to fit the new rear leaf springs. I have new poly bushes to replace the old worn out rubber ones but the problem is not there but with the front mounting boss. Despite plenty of lube, I can't seem to get the spring eye onto the boss. Frustrating!

There are also issues with the large rear spring shackle. At some time in the past, one of the threads has been damaged. (stretched?) The large castellated nut has been reduced by 1/8" and an equivalent spacer fitted next to the existing spacer.

It is not ideal but a new (large) shackle pin is 130 so I will try and refit as before. I suppose the risk is the pin could shear under load. Shocked
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MikeEdwards



Joined: 25 May 2011
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Location: South Cheshire

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just about done the rear end of the inner sill repairs on my Audi coupe, and now I've moved on to the rear wheelarch on the same side. I've got an outer wheelarch to go on, so yesterday I cut out the old one so that I can get access to the inner arch panel, as the edge of that has also gone. I've started repairing it, maybe a third of the way along it.

I'm doing it in small sections to keep reference points at either end - if I cut the whole thing off, I can't see how I can measure to get the thing back in the right spot. Besides, making smaller repair panels means there is less to chuck out if/when I go wrong.
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Da Tow'd



Joined: 16 Jun 2010
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Location: Bella Coma British Columbia Canada

PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe it is too modern but I'm working on a classic Volvo 245.
My friend came to my shop saying he wanted me to change his spark plugs on a '99 Ford Escort. I always do a compression test before working on any engine. When he drove into my shop I thought it needs more than spark plugs.
Two dead zero compression cylinders and the other two had 170 psi.

I told him about a clean 245 Volvo I have it has been sitting for a couple years. Compression test was 145 on all. This model has a single carb -points and condenser and a manual transmission with overdrive. and so much room in the engine compartment-- almost a joy to work on.
I'm replacing the calipers and pads on all four- I told him it would make a good winter beater.
I know how to have a good time
cheers
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Rootes75



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2019 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spent more time today feeding the leather seats of the Hillman. They are starting to show improvement now. Still more applications required though.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took the Hillman to a local 1940's do, we were the only car to turn up!
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MikeEdwards



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit of a fractured day yesterday, but given recent weather I though I'd do a bit of a job on the shed. Being an old dairy shed / barn, the top half of the front wall is slatted planks with gaps between them, and since I've moved in, I've tried various things to keep the light coming in but block the gap.

Recently a mate re-roofed his shed and gave me two sheets of translucent corrugated sheet that he'd removed. They had a bit of damage on them, but I managed to cut them in a way that most of it was avoided, so the front wall is a bit less draughty now, at least until the next round of gales.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been busy with the new TC leaf springs. They are supplied dry so need to be dismantled and greased but before that I have decided to round off and taper the ends with the bench grinder; it prevents them digging into each other.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are selling our 1978 Karrier Bantam, she has been stored at the back of the shed for the last 10 years so we are spending ech weekend clearing all the accumulated debris around her!
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lowdrag



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finally gave in and ordered a new battery. He didn't have one in stock because it is positive earth, but a couple of day's wait won't hurt.
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Ray White



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lowdrag wrote:
Finally gave in and ordered a new battery. He didn't have one in stock because it is positive earth, but a couple of day's wait won't hurt.


Can you please explain.?
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