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by Series1 Stu
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Series 3
Topic: Fuel gauge not registering properly
Replies: 13
Views: 2176
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Re: Fuel gauge not registering properly

Try filling your tank up to rated capacity (should still be below the sender mounting flange) and then tweek the float arm to give the correct full reading on the gauge. While you're playing with it, check the gauge reading when the tank is nearly empty. It might keep you off the hard shoulder at so...
by Series1 Stu
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:21 pm
Forum: Series 2
Topic: Stubborn heater control valve
Replies: 9
Views: 1346
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Re: Stubborn heater control valve

Hi Rich

It's likely that your valve is stuck on the pipe by scale build up. It fills all the voids and dries as hard as stone.

It looks like brute force may be required and be prepared to replace the pipes running through the bulkhead.

Regards
by Series1 Stu
Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug tourque
Replies: 34
Views: 3576
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Re: Spark plug tourque

That's my point exactly. Working by feel is not consistent from person to person or car to car. Using properly calculated torque figures ensures it's all consistent. Most people would be surprised at how little effort is needed to correctly torque their spark plugs, which suggests that they would na...
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Top end clatter - diagnosis help please!
Replies: 58
Views: 5912
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Re: Top end clatter - diagnosis help please!

I agree with Simon's suggestion to check for a stretched valve. It might also be worth comparing the relative heights of the valve heads. If number 1 valve head is thinner then it would sit higher in the guide, even though it's the same length as the others. The same goes for valve head diameter too...
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug tourque
Replies: 34
Views: 3576
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Re: Spark plug tourque

Well Andrew, it seems that even NGK are wrong on this one.......
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Newbee ( hopefully )
Replies: 21
Views: 3498
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Re: Newbee ( hopefully )

You've had the mental breakdown and an E Type purchase resulted from it. :lol:

Mechanical cover is often included in your insurance.

Regards
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:26 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!
Replies: 20
Views: 2887
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Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Rich,

Before you start a job make an estimate of how many hours it is likely to take you. Then double it and that is the actual time it will take, in days. :wow:
by Series1 Stu
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Ride height - Torsion bars
Replies: 32
Views: 5912
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Re: Ride height - Torsion bars

Also check that the torsion bars are in the correct way around. The left side one is stamped L on one end and the right side one is stamped R on its end. They often get inadvertently swapped over.

Regards
by Series1 Stu
Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug tourque
Replies: 34
Views: 3576
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Re: Spark plug tourque

"If the studs were made of aluminium or the domed nuts were made of aluminium, I'd be just as careful. However, on my car the studs are steel, as are the domed nuts and the studs screw into an iron block. Yes, and the cylinder head that they're all clamping down is aluminium. Saying that steel does...
by Series1 Stu
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:50 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug tourque
Replies: 34
Views: 3576
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Re: Spark plug tourque

Ok Chris

Following your logic then I assume that you don't torque cylinder head bolts either?

The whole point of torque control is to keep the materials used within their safe working range. If you do that then it doesn't matter whether the engine is new or fifty years old.

Regards
by Series1 Stu
Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:16 am
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Ride height - Torsion bars
Replies: 32
Views: 5912
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Re: Ride height - Torsion bars

Rear ride height is going to have only a very small effect on front ride height as it is measured only slightly ahead of the front wheel hubs. Therefore one inch change at the rear is only going to be about an eighth of an inch at the front. It could just be that the front suspension had not been re...
by Series1 Stu
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug tourque
Replies: 34
Views: 3576
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Re: Spark plug tourque

Thanks, Mark I thought it would be somewhere in the manuals. That setting sounds high although I suspect it's well within the thread's stress tolerance range. It depends largely on the type of thread insert fitted in the head. It's unfortunate that the basic design of spark plugs doesn't give us the...
by Series1 Stu
Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug tourque
Replies: 34
Views: 3576
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Re: Spark plug tourque

Simon P wrote:Au contraire. I'd be quite a handy person for the Royal Navy to have if ever they wanted their Type 42 destroyer washed, polished and detailed... :wink:
There's a job for life, especially if you do interiors too.....
by Series1 Stu
Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: Spark plug tourque
Replies: 34
Views: 3576
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Re: Spark plug tourque

I must say that I'm surprised that the consensus so far is not to use a specified torque. That goes against every engineering good practice. I use a figure of 25 to 30 Nm when I fit plugs (14mm thread) in aluminium heads. This figure is for dry assembly. I don't lubricate because plugs are pulled an...
by Series1 Stu
Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Series 1
Topic: Parts Suppliers - SNG vs DMG vs Martin Robey
Replies: 28
Views: 5080
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Re: Parts Suppliers - SNG vs DMG vs Martin Robey

My experience of buying parts for my cars is that all of the usual suppliers are pretty much equal on price and quality of parts. There are sometimes some big variations in parts prices and I am often tempted to spread my purchases between them but then you end up paying a lot more in postage charge...
by Series1 Stu
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!
Replies: 20
Views: 2887
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Re: Series 2, 2+2 full rebuild...gulp!

Welcome, Rich.

Here's to long cold nights crawling about under the car with flaky rust in your eyes and dirty grease under your fingernails.

:drinkingcheers:
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: quarter light hinge pillar seal fitting
Replies: 15
Views: 2080
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Re: quarter light hinge pillar seal fitting

If I was your wife, I'd be a divorcee! :lol:
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:05 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: quarter light hinge pillar seal fitting
Replies: 15
Views: 2080
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Re: quarter light hinge pillar seal fitting

Like I said. It will deform, not change volume.

:banghead:
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Welcome!
Topic: First post: Thanks!
Replies: 7
Views: 1569
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Re: First post: Thanks!

Welcome, Al My car was the same (or very similar) colour as yours when it came back from USA. Must have been trendy at some point. It also had about 2 inches of filler in the drivers door skin. Enjoy your journey. Regards Edit Having actually looked at the pictures of your car, it appears to be prim...
by Series1 Stu
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Technical
Topic: quarter light hinge pillar seal fitting
Replies: 15
Views: 2080
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Re: quarter light hinge pillar seal fitting

Ok Hugo. If you read my post you will see that I have done it and therefore I do know but I don't expect that that would make any difference to your entrenched opinion. Nowhere did I say that my rubbers were old or hard, that was brought to the thread by you, I believe. Finally, you most certainly c...