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by abowie
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Cooling fan
Replies: 6
Views: 127
Australia

Re: Cooling fan

peters3103 wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:25 am

The question is, with the upgraded radiator, will the original fan be up to the job in 35C plus temperatures?
I don't think so. I'm in Adelaide and I have a Coolcat fan on my 3.8 which has an aluminum radiator. My car will get pretty hot sitting in traffic in hot weather even with the Coolcat.
by abowie
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Pub Chat
Topic: I got to wear a funny hat
Replies: 16
Views: 155
Australia

Re: I got to wear a funny hat

Good man!
by abowie
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Correct height of block studs?
Replies: 9
Views: 142
Australia

Re: Correct height of block studs?

The machine shop did say that they cleared a lot of rubbish but there. Is clearly residue left It is a frustrating job, not the least because it is hard to see the bottom of the stud holes. You just have to persevere. Our machinist hot tanks the blocks and then sandblasts the water galleries. It is...
by abowie
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Correct height of block studs?
Replies: 9
Views: 142
Australia

Re: Correct height of block studs?

The likelihood is that the threads at the bottom of the holes in the block still have some crap in them. We have a zero taper tap brazed onto a long rod that we use to clean them. It's just a matter of repeatedly passing the tap, blowing out the threads, scraping out the bottom of the hole with a sc...
by abowie
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Correct height of block studs?
Replies: 9
Views: 142
Australia

Re: Correct height of block studs?

Short stud or long stud block?
by abowie
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone used Nankang Retro RC-001 tyres?
Replies: 0
Views: 88
Australia

Anyone used Nankang Retro RC-001 tyres?

They do a 185/80/15.

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by abowie
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Camshafts
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Australia

Re: Camshafts

1968 cars had induction tachos so no tacho generator.
by abowie
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:27 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Forged pistions
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Australia

Re: Forged pistions

I agree with Christopher. In addition, you are best to use 8:1 pistons as machining of the block and head over the years will potentially make your compression too high with 9:1 pistons.
by abowie
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: 4.2 crank.
Replies: 4
Views: 163
Australia

Re: 4.2 crank.

The better way which involves more engineering is to bore the block and use top hat liners which eliminate the cracks completely and also have the advantage that the block can be returned to standard size We do this routinely on all 4.2 block rebuilds. It doesn't add a huge amount in terms of the o...
by abowie
Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:01 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bell housing swap
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Australia

Re: Bell housing swap

My brother in law is a diesel mechanic and has a seriously big-ass lathe. First I mounded and trued the backplate with a dial gauge. Then I bolted the bell housing from my Moss box to the backplate. I centred it using a dial gauge on the outer rim of the largest cutout. I got it centred to within 2 ...
by abowie
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Bell housing swap
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Australia

Re: Bell housing swap

And here I am doing it.

https://youtu.be/uNFfRA3S_uM
by abowie
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:31 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Oil?
Replies: 5
Views: 311
Australia

Re: Oil?

I drive maybe 1000 miles per year in each of my cars.

I change the oil every year.

I use Valvoline 20W/50 because it is cheap.
by abowie
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Loose tappet guide
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Australia

Re: Loose tappet guide

ALAN COCHRANE wrote:
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:19 am
Andrew

I have the braided hose pipes.
We have stopped using them. They are some sort of hydraulic fitting which is OK for transmitting pressure but no good for flow. The orifice diameter is considerably smaller than the original and flow is proportional to the 4th power of the radius.
by abowie
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Loose tappet guide
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Australia

Re: Loose tappet guide

FWIW do you have the original cam oil feed pipe fitted or did you go with the braided replacment style? The braided hoses have a smaller ID and deliver less oil.
by abowie
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:47 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Robbed by a supplier ?
Replies: 13
Views: 819
Australia

Re: Robbed by a supplier ?

GEG258* CONVERSION GSKT SET 1 16.07

CG571 HEAD GASKET SET 1 39.90

From a recent invoice for my 3.8. Price is ex VAT.
by abowie
Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Loose tappet guide
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Australia

Re: Loose tappet guide

Never heard that boise but if it's cam related it should occur at half crank RPM.
by abowie
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: door locks
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Australia

Re: door locks

Some of the 2+2s have a separate lock.

Helpfully, the replacement door skins don't have the hole for this either.
by abowie
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Dashboard Switch Knobs
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Australia

Re: Dashboard Switch Knobs

I carefully grind the old ones off using a linisher or bench grinder. As the plastic heats up it tends to soften. I work at one side until I can twist them off. To install the new ones I gently heat the metal of the switch with a propane torch. You don't want to get it very hot; just enough to brief...
by abowie
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: General
Topic: Help me with my rev counter conversion/rebuild.
Replies: 12
Views: 360
Australia

Re: Help me with my rev counter conversion/rebuild.

mgcjag wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:33 am
Hi Lee... contact http://www.speedograph-richfield.com located in Nottingham.....explain what you have and they will let you know what can or cant be done.... Steve
What he said WRT the tacho.

And Mike Exk for the clock.
by abowie
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: brake master cylinder push rod adjustable or not ?
Replies: 5
Views: 201
Australia

Re: brake master cylinder push rod adjustable or not ?

Mine is the upper one.