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by Bigcatfrankie
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Torpedo armrests?!
Replies: 0
Views: 397
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Torpedo armrests?!

In the process of restoring my 2+2 I thought it would be nice to add some armrests, as the doors already have the bolting points there; however on ordering the armrests from Aldridge Trimming I discovered that the bolt centres are 137mm compared to 166mm on the door!.........29mm adrift! Has anyone ...
by Bigcatfrankie
Sat May 02, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Furred up waterways/overheating
Replies: 32
Views: 3535
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Re: Furred up waterways/overheating

Hi Joe, No, still not sorted. It's definitely not the radiator as I did a temperature check at top and bottom of the radiator when it was running and there was no appreciable difference. I think probably the only way forward is more than likely a proper block jet flush through as suggested. As the o...
by Bigcatfrankie
Sat May 02, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Ugly seat mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 524
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Re: Ugly seat mechanism

Thanks for all your replies. I painted the mechanism and recline bar grey, in the end, to match the seats...........doesn't look too bad, in my humble opinion! I found Chris Vine's Blog particularly useful. Will probably, at some stage, change the recline lever for a slightly better looking one, pos...
by Bigcatfrankie
Tue Apr 28, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Ugly seat mechanism
Replies: 4
Views: 524
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Ugly seat mechanism

My Series 2, 2+2 has just had the front seats recovered and unfortunately the black metal hinge reclining mechanism detracts from the overall appearance of the seats. This is not helped by the black plastic covers which on both sides of the seats are either missing or broken. Has anyone tried to imp...
by Bigcatfrankie
Fri Feb 28, 2020 4:50 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Furred up waterways/overheating
Replies: 32
Views: 3535
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Re: Furred up waterways/overheating

Well, as it's Friday, and traditionally "fish" day, I thought I would go for the pickling in vinegar treatment........the car, not me! A work colleague has given me a 5 litre bottle of white distilled malt vinegar which I will add to the gallon bottle of white distilled vinegar I have already got, t...
by Bigcatfrankie
Sat Feb 15, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Furred up waterways/overheating
Replies: 32
Views: 3535
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Re: Furred up waterways/overheating

Thanks folks, Have now fitted a set of Revotec radiator cooling fans which definitely helps a bit, as they are much more efficient than the original fans, but I will have to try another good old soak and flush through. Citric acid sounds a bit severe to pump around the cooling system. Was going to t...
by Bigcatfrankie
Fri Feb 07, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Furred up waterways/overheating
Replies: 32
Views: 3535
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Furred up waterways/overheating

Having big problems with overheating on my car. It's an ex US vehicle and I've got a feeling it's been standing around for a long time over there as the waterways all seem pretty furred up; it's either sludge or corrosion or a combination of both. Since owning the car I've only done short trips and ...
by Bigcatfrankie
Sun Feb 02, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: E-Type series 2 1969
Replies: 5
Views: 1382
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Re: E-Type series 2 1969

Hi Baz,
I would suggest the Car & Classic website for advertising your car. I have always found it very successful when ever I have advertised my previous classics.

Regards............Tim

1970 Series 2 2+2 (in course of restoration)
1965 Austin Healey 3000
by Bigcatfrankie
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Interior re-trim suppliers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2596
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Re: Interior re-trim suppliers?

Thanks folks.............all useful stuff.
Will, more than likely, go with Aldridge.
Regards.............Tim






1970 Series 2, 2+2 (undergoing restoration)
by Bigcatfrankie
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Door drainage hole problems!
Replies: 11
Views: 1722
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Re: Door drainage hole problems!

Thanks Steve...............no, I was going to put a couple of drain holes in
by Bigcatfrankie
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:16 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Interior re-trim suppliers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2596
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Re: Interior re-trim suppliers?

Thanks folks. A bit more feed back on Aldridge's would have been useful. Has anyone out there used them?
I don't know if there is any difference in quality between Skinner's and BAS International. Costwise, from my findings, Skinner's are quite a bit more expensive, apart from a couple of items.
by Bigcatfrankie
Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Door drainage hole problems!
Replies: 11
Views: 1722
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Re: Door drainage hole problems!

Thanks folks...........all very helpful.
I was going to Waxoyl the bottoms of the doors as a matter of course though I doubt they would rot through in my lifetime!
by Bigcatfrankie
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Door drainage hole problems!
Replies: 11
Views: 1722
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Re: Door drainage hole problems!

Very helpful......thanks Jerome and Steve. As that whole bottom corner of the door was missing on my car I had no way of telling where the water went! All strikes me as being a bit Heath Robinson though..........if that drainage slot gets blocked then the bottom of the door will suffer, which is mor...
by Bigcatfrankie
Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:03 am
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Door drainage hole problems!
Replies: 11
Views: 1722
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Door drainage hole problems!

I have just finished refurbishing the passenger door on my 2+2 as the bottom of the door needed re-plating due to terrible rust. (Driver's door to be shortly removed and similarly dealt with!) The rust problem appears to have been caused by rainwater entering the drainage hole at the front of the do...
by Bigcatfrankie
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Interior re-trim suppliers?
Replies: 15
Views: 2596
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Interior re-trim suppliers?

I am shortly to commence the interior re-trim of my 2+2. Can anyone recommend a trim supplier? I am aware of BAS International and John Skinner Ltd, and feedback on these 2 companies would be appreciated. I was going to order a complete kit, using the services of a local trimmer, who I have known fo...
by Bigcatfrankie
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Noisy after-market fuel pump
Replies: 5
Views: 3753
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Noisy after-market fuel pump

The after-market fuel pump fitted to my 2+2 is extremely noisy. Any idea's on a quieter, reliable replacement pump, that maybe doesn't have to work continuously, would be most welcome.
by Bigcatfrankie
Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:02 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Vacuum pipes
Replies: 12
Views: 4131
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Re: Vacuum pipes

Thanks............most helpful, everyone.
by Bigcatfrankie
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Vacuum pipes
Replies: 12
Views: 4131
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Re: Vacuum pipes

Not sure I'm quite with you there, Peter..........my understanding of the system is that under any sort of acceleration you need to advance the ignition timing so the fuel/air mix is ignited earlier because the pistons are moving faster, but the time it takes for the fuel mix to ignite and cause a b...
by Bigcatfrankie
Wed Aug 14, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Vacuum pipes
Replies: 12
Views: 4131
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Re: Vacuum pipes

I must confess I thought all Lucas distributors had a vacuum system. Mine has. I'm not sure that U.S. cars were any different, in that respect, and I don't see how they got around the problem of advancing the ignition under acceleration without a vacuum. The last posting, from Mark, is more feasible...
by Bigcatfrankie
Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Vacuum pipes
Replies: 12
Views: 4131
Great Britain

Re: Vacuum pipes

Thanks folks.............all helpful stuff.
My question relates to why the ignition vacuum advance/retard take off point on the front carb manifold flange has been blocked off?