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    button-head grease nipples

    Ken, I know its a bit late, but still... I believe you have TAT type nipples - these are on my 1926 Rover 9 (along with a few ordinary nipples). You can get the relevant gun fitting from . To fit this to a US gun, use a 1/8BSP male -> 1/8 NPT female adaptor, which shouldnt be hard to find - Pegasus Auto? john P 26 Rover 9
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    Help identify aluminum block?

    1967-76 P6 manual gearbox engine. The engine number didnt move to the side between 3-5 for a few years after acquisiton. This block doesnt have the pad for the side number. See jp 26 Rover 9
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    Grease / Oil for Steering Box

    Re "particularly the Rover P3 which specifies oil for the front suspension" - the P3 suspension was all rubber bushed, except the kingpins, which had a thrust ball bearing, seals , and a reservoir for a mix of heavy oil and grease. The bushes did not have a long life - too small for the loads. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Borg Warner DG250 Locking up

    With any auto trans that has stood for any length of time I recommend a thorough fluid change, including the converter and cooler, and change filter if fitted. This can do wonders for every aspect of the box. My 35 year old 3 speed MB box (Porsche 928) has only one vice - if left for more than a couple of weeks, its slow to take up in reverse; there are couple of leaks of 1 drop a week coming off the cooling hose fittings. jp 26 Rover 9
  5. Bernie, These local people might help with a head gasket - jp 26 Rover 9
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    SU carbs are simple and easy to overhaul, with the right parts. Lots of docs on how/what/when. The original Smiths on my Rover was very unreliable, so I have resorted to an SU - HS2 (1-1/4") off a Mini - $20. $100 kit from Burlens (UK) - new spindle, butterfly, jet, needle&seat (rubber tipped type, much more reliable), bowl gasket, and I added new brass screws. Also comes with new bushes for the spindle if the body is badly worn - mine wasnt. Car now runs well, and answers throttle very smoothly. I set the jet height per the rebuild notes at the default, and she fired up first try. Check your needles for wear, you may need new ones - the code is stamped on the shank. If the floats are brass, check for leaks. Critical part of rebuild is centreing the jet. You will need light oil for the dampers, as in sewing machine - engine oil is far too heavy. I verified my mixture using a wide band O2 sensor, jsut to be sure. Keep up the good work. jp 26 Rover 9
  7. Bernie, That speedo is pretty much identical to mine on the Rover! Little lever on the top to reset the trip? Re the Fiat Osca pic, I worked with an American in Tassy in the 70s who brought one of those with him from from the US. Failed to proceed once, took a while to find the distributor drive had sheared . jp 26 Rover 9
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    Lagonda Rapiers

    Just surprised , Bernie, not doubting your knowledge. What bore/stroke was used to get the extra 200+ cc? Special parts? Interesting to read the history of the A series, and how it was in production for 49 years! Apparently they looked into a 5 main crank, but decided it wasnt necessary! I actually visited Ron Brownrigg's workshop once and watched them beefing up the centre main and smoothing out the insides of crankcase on racing engines - probably for Skinny Manton! That shows my age a bit doesnt it? My other claim to fame is meeting Phil Irving at Templestowe hill climb, him in either a Landy, or a P3 Rover. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Lagonda Rapiers

    1498cc in an A block, Bernie? Thats a hell of a capacity lift! Sure you dont mean 1098? Biggest A block I know of was 1310. Every now and again I see a real Mini in Eltham, great to see! jp 26 Rover 9
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    updraft carburetor adjustment question

    "Flush" means level with, as in a countersunk screw in wood is usually flush with the wood surface. Its not clear to me from that diagram what its meant to be flush with (or near to flush). While it gives a spec for fuel level in the bowl, I cant see what controls the fuel level - usually some sort of needle and seat controlled by the float. I have seen cars surge on part throttle cruise due to a slight over advance of the sparks. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Front wheel bearing tightness

    Roller bearings have been credited to John Harrison of longitude fame in the 1720-40 period. Some appear in his clocks from then. One of his clocks in a stable turret was installed in 1720 , and is STILL running, with ONE service. jp 26 Rover 9
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    Most places that reline shoes will radius them in the price if you take the drums along... jp 26 Rover 9
  13. I wouldnt worry about it quite that much Bernie! If there was no 'booked hard waste' hivis orange sticker, forget it altogether! My remark was mostly tongue in cheek. If they come, pretend deafness, or not speaking English. I am sorely tempted to do as you have quite frequently, except SWMBO gets very cranky at me. jp 26 Rover 9
  14. Be careful Bernie, or the men in blue may come for you. Stuff put out for a hard waste collection belongs to the contracted waste collector as soon as its out of the owners property. Does look nice though, and should make a good dash! jp 26 Rover 9
  15. I have had an answer to an ad of mine for parts on another site from somebody unkown. Answered asking what parts they had, and was sent a picof my own car from Flickr as being available for parts! Sent him off with a flea in his ear, and advised others on the site. jp 26 Rover 9