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by cactusman
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Laycock de Normanville
Replies: 15
Views: 522
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Re: Laycock de Normanville

The early MGBs were fitted with an over drive and incorporates a vacuum operated switch so if you switch the over drive out while your throttle is closed it keeps it engaged until you press the accelerator. As soon as you press the accelerator the overdrive will disengage . It means you do not get t...
by cactusman
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: remote power disconnection
Replies: 1
Views: 76
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Re: remote power disconnection

No but I would not trust it. The standard isolators with a brass screw and fused bypass are simple, cheap and there is zero to go wrong :bigrin: and judging from the size of the terminals and circuit I wonder if it is intended to power the car electrics but NOT the current for the starter motor anyw...
by cactusman
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Cooling fan
Replies: 7
Views: 182
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Re: Cooling fan

I have a radtec radiator and coolkat fan on my 3.8. Excellent. Cool as a cucumber even in the unusual heat wave we are currently experiencing in normally rainy Blighty!! :bigrin:
by cactusman
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Prototype????
Replies: 8
Views: 300
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Re: Prototype????

I wonder if the fuel tank fills as you drive? :bigrin: :bigrin: :bigrin:
by cactusman
Tue Jul 17, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Prototype????
Replies: 8
Views: 300
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Re: Prototype????

Me suspect the image was printed from a negative and the negative was put in the machine that took the print off the wrong way up...easily done. Result would be a reversed image where left is right and right is left I think..although does not explain battery location but maybe light weight cars do h...
by cactusman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Brakes no Servo Assistance
Replies: 4
Views: 90
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Re: Brakes no Servo Assistance

Sounds as though either the servo has failed or there is a major air leak somewhere between the inlet manifold, the air reservoir tank and the servo meaning the servo has no vacuum assistance or possibly the non return air valve on the air reservoir tank is faulty.
by cactusman
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: 1961 3.8 OTS hot start woes on newly restored car.
Replies: 26
Views: 2148
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Re: 1961 3.8 OTS hot start woes on newly restored car.

Might be the condenser. Might even be the coil. If you have resistance plug caps check they are around 5000 to 10000 ohms max. If not then chuck them out. Definitely use a red rotor.
by cactusman
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Hello & I need a bit of data.
Replies: 6
Views: 184
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Re: Hello & I need a bit of data.

I popped the vin on Xke data. Nothing popped up but it is in the range for a series two OTS in left hand drive. Make sure you see the v5C (assuming it is already registered here in Blighty) too and check what numbers that has...
by cactusman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Car storage
Replies: 11
Views: 226
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Re: Car storage

If you are to use a dehumidifier then, yes, the garage needs to be reasonably sealed from the outside. So draft excluders and snug fitting doors and windows. If you have huge gaps you will just be dehumidifying planet earth and that won't work! And your dehumidifier will be worked to death with no s...
by cactusman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Poor Quality Replacement Parts
Replies: 15
Views: 1294
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Re: Poor Quality Replacement Parts

And extremely helpful too... :bigrin:
by cactusman
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Car storage
Replies: 11
Views: 226
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Re: Car storage

Just be aware that there have been several reported instances of portable dehumidifier units malfunctioning and catching fire in garages over the years....obviously with dire consequences. Presumably they were cheap units with compressors not intended for extended use unsupervised in a garage. If yo...
by cactusman
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Creak when depressing clutch with engine off
Replies: 1
Views: 158
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Re: Creak when depressing clutch with engine off

Could be the release arm fulcrum point, the release bearing or the clutch plate itself as pressure is applied. Mine doesn't creek but if it works ok, does not drag or make horrible noises when running it is probably not significant IMO. :bigrin:
by cactusman
Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil?
Replies: 5
Views: 316
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Re: Oil?

Stick to good old 20/50....
by cactusman
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: fuse blow
Replies: 1
Views: 119
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Re: fuse blow

You need to isolate both ends of the green wire at both the switch end and the fuse end or else your continuity measure will be measuring the resistance to ground of something else on the same fuse holder as the reverse light. If the meter shows huge discharge only when you select reverse you do hav...
by cactusman
Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Fuel Tank sender unit
Replies: 3
Views: 145
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Re: Fuel Tank sender unit

Don't think there is any seal. Mine had none. The thing sits at the top so is rarely immersed unless you are rich :bigrin: :bigrin: . The fuel gauge resistance should not generate any spark as the wipers always in contact. There could be a small spark when the empty tank warning lamp finger makes co...
by cactusman
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robbed by a supplier ?
Replies: 13
Views: 822
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Re: Robbed by a supplier ?

Hmmm...at the end of the day speaking very generally without reference to your issue, a supplier can set their own price. I am in the electrical business and if I supply parts I do mark them up over what I paid...usually 10-20%. I have to get them, pay for them if they come from somewhere I don't ha...
by cactusman
Sun Jul 01, 2018 6:31 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Motorway Driving Video and Squeaky Brakes.
Replies: 1
Views: 147
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Re: Motorway Driving Video and Squeaky Brakes.

Fab! Just came back from doing the exact same thing. They are rather brilliant! Re the brakes. Try taking out the pads and giving them a light brush with a plastic bristle brush in case there is a bit of grit somewhere. Smear the metal back with copper grease before re inserting the pads...
by cactusman
Sun Jul 01, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Vinyl Number Plate Removal.
Replies: 6
Views: 236
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Re: Vinyl Number Plate Removal.

Park in the Sun and get the bonnet hot...ideal day today here in the south east :bigrin: :bigrin: . You will have to tease a corner up with a finger nail....then oh so gently peel. You should not need scrapers and the like...A hair drier helps too. If the old plate is really fragile you may need to ...
by cactusman
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Oil pressure
Replies: 3
Views: 151
Great Britain

Re: Oil pressure

Sounds just fine :bigrin:
by cactusman
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Champion WCX 600 bow tie caps
Replies: 24
Views: 1000
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Re: Champion WCX 600 bow tie caps

A resistor cap does the same job as a spark plug with a resistor. My car has electronic ignition and an electronic conversion in the tachometer and an electronic version of the RB340 and an electronic version of the otter switch. All work just fine. Correctly designed electronics should be resistant...