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by johnetype
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Clutch master cylinder push rod length
Replies: 13
Views: 234
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Re: Clutch master cylinder push rod length

You shouldn't "cut down" the pushrod but remove the boot and circlip underneath so you can release the pushrod and swap the original pushrod over to your new master cylinder. You can buy just the pushrod from SNG Barrett for around £20 iirc and fit it to your new master cylinder if you want to be su...
by johnetype
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:32 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Strombergs to Su’s distributor
Replies: 27
Views: 558
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Re: Strombergs to Su’s distributor

The curve and settings for the 123 will be the same for Strombergs as it is for SU's. The advance curve for stromberg equipped cars is different to SU equipped cars. There are possibly even different curves for the different variants of stromberg setup. SNGB list different part numbers for distribu...
by johnetype
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Strombergs to Su’s distributor
Replies: 27
Views: 558
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Re: Strombergs to Su’s distributor

The curve and settings for the 123 will be the same for Strombergs as it is for SU's. You may find that the Strombergs have no port for the vacuum advance depending on the age of your car. You can run without vacuum advance connected initially if you like and it is easy to open the vacuum port on a ...
by johnetype
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Strombergs to Su’s distributor
Replies: 27
Views: 558
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Re: Strombergs to Su’s distributor

thank you both for your answers , I will have a read up today but I must admit I’m leaning towards the Bluetooth 123 as this may leave it easier today and to maintain in the future? Grant there is no "maintain in the future" with an electronic distributor, you fit it, set the timing and enjoy drivi...
by johnetype
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Strombergs to Su’s distributor
Replies: 27
Views: 558
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Re: Strombergs to Su’s distributor

Does anyone have one of these Simon BBC distributors, do you get any documentation to tell you what the curve is? Tom, I bought one of these distributors as a "cheap, get me going" option and it didn't come with any documentation on what the curve is. That said, it works very well, the engine runs ...
by johnetype
Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Strombergs to Su’s distributor
Replies: 27
Views: 558
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Re: Strombergs to Su’s distributor

Yes, you do need to change the distributor to the one fitted to UK spec. cars at the time with vacuum advance. That leaves you with a lot of options from fitting a secondhand UK spec. Lucas distributor to having your current distributor rebuilt to UK spec. by the likes of Distributor Doctor. Probabl...
by johnetype
Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Stop lamps and sidelight circuits.
Replies: 5
Views: 216
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Re: Stop lamps and sidelight circuits.

It could be that the brake light bulbs, the ones with the double filament, aren't in their sockets the correct way round or the filaments inside are broken and crossed over each other. As a first action just remove both the brake light bulbs and see if the side lights still come on when you press th...
by johnetype
Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: gearbox stuck in reverse(I think)
Replies: 15
Views: 436
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Re: gearbox stuck in reverse(I think)

Bill, All true but you need to allow for the possible effect of the reverse detent ball and spring which can "seize" up after a period of none use and make it appear you can't engage reverse. Secondly if you reinstall an engine and gearbox without the gear lever in place and during that process acci...
by johnetype
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Starting engine after lay up
Replies: 8
Views: 388
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Re: Starting engine after lay up

No because if the crank thrust bearings have lost lubrication you'll be pressing on them and rotating the crank at the same time whilst you're waiting for oil pressure to build up.

The fastest way to help oil pressure build up is remove the spark plugs.
by johnetype
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Alternator warning light coming on but alternator charging
Replies: 4
Views: 263
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Re: Alternator warning light coming on but alternator charging

You may be aware of this but it's important to understand that the ignition warning light on the 4TR regulator and alternator system does not function the way a modern day ignition warning light does. The ignition warning light being on or off or even fitted at all has no influence over the working ...
by johnetype
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Wiring tests
Replies: 5
Views: 265
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Re: Wiring tests

15 Amp would do but rather than using a fuse I'd suggest using a headlamp bulb instead. It's brightness (or not) gives a more immediate indication of any problem and if you do have a problem offers an easier way forward as you try to eliminate it without replacing endless fuses. Another option if yo...
by johnetype
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:54 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: gearbox stuck in reverse(I think)
Replies: 15
Views: 436
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Re: gearbox stuck in reverse(I think)

For your second problem with the starter motor, check your engine earth strap(s) have been refitted. The starter won't turn unless the engine is connected back through to the battery.
by johnetype
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Sovy Failure
Replies: 46
Views: 1574
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Re: Sovy Failure

Is corrosion around the outside of the insert causing it to swell and split the plastic?
by johnetype
Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Brake bleeding
Replies: 8
Views: 261
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Re: Brake bleeding

30 psi :wow:

I'm amazed a reservoir didn't rupture and pebble dash your paintwork with brake fluid.

Note to all, when using a pressure bleeder 5 psi is usually sufficient and I'd consider 10 psi the maximum.
by johnetype
Fri May 31, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Distributor caps & leads
Replies: 7
Views: 245
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Re: Distributor caps & leads

Richard, to answer your question directly, the black leads in your picture will not fit the black distributor cap also in your pictures and can't be made to fit. As you suspect the black leads you have are for the later type of distributor cap which took push in leads not the earlier screw in type. ...
by johnetype
Tue May 28, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Clutch master cylinder problem
Replies: 3
Views: 184
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Re: Clutch master cylinder problem

The behaviour you describe is correct if you've fitted a master cylinder with a 5/8th (.625) bore. The standard E type clutch master cylinder has a 3/4 inch bore and often has 075 or 75 cast on it. The design of the master cylinder is very common and widely used across lots of cars and also for hydr...
by johnetype
Sat May 18, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Quick Release Steering Wheel
Replies: 82
Views: 4788
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Re: Quick Release Steering Wheel

Now, where's my "Protected by Smith and Wesson" bumper sticker gone :bigrin:
by johnetype
Sat May 18, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Parts - Same part? 25% more!
Replies: 6
Views: 444
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Re: Parts - Same part? 25% more!

The important thing for this part is that it's a TRW one. The David Manners part at £155 is labeled as such on their web site and mine from them was a TRW part so that's the one to go for.
by johnetype
Fri May 17, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Starting engine after lay up
Replies: 8
Views: 388
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Re: Starting engine after lay up

With (1) I'd also add a couple of squirts of engine oil into each bore before turning over by hand. Also don't connect the fuel pump until (3) to ensure you haven't got the engine flooded with petrol.
by johnetype
Sun May 12, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Fuel pump - continual slow tick
Replies: 4
Views: 233
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Re: Fuel pump - continual slow tick

I have the same model SU electronic pump and I get the same behaviour other than the gap between the "ticks" is 2 seconds or so. I too have no visible leaks or overflows but it may be due to float valve bypass. For an absolute check I'd plug the output from the fuel filter and see if the pump still ...