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  1. jp928

    1960 MGA Restoration

    Re your machine shop woes here is a story. Guy's father passes away, and he is asked to go to his house and tidy up as part of preparation to sell. Finally gets to the attic, going through acres of boxes of stuff in case anything is worth keeping, mementoes etc. Comes across a ticket from a shoe repair shop, years old. I know where that shop was, he thinks, I must see if its still there? On his way home he goes past where the shop was, and its still there! So he walks in with the ticket, and hands it over with his face as straight as he can . Cobbler goes out the back, and comes back and says 'Come back next week'. Re setting up the carbs initially, I followed Burlen's note for the HS series - set the jet level with the bridge , and then screw down the nut 6 flats(IIRC) - car started first try. If your notes say something like this it should work. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Classic car fraud scheme shut down

    I bought my project based on an ad on a make specific club web site, which had a link to some pics on Flickr. Copied and saved the pics. Went and inspected the car, bought it, got it home. Placed an ad for more parts needed to finish it on another club site. Got an email offering parts from same model being parted out. I said show me what you have. He sent me back one of the Flickr pics of what was now my own car![/img] jp 26 Rover 9
  3. 25 years is plenty of time to get sludged up again! The latest in flushing seems to be not just chemical stuff, but a tool that combines water flow and air pressure, apparently to provide pulsing - see if you can find something along these lines. Re ignition , I did some tuning work on a car once, and it seemed to go ok, but on a run I noticed that as speed went up , the temp climbed more than usual - later found timing was retarded ~5 degrees. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Bullet Proof Window Repair

    Normal epoxy will soften with methanol - I know that from using 80% methanol fuel in R/C models and the impact of leakage on epoxy glues. Cant hurt to try ? jp 26 Rover 9
  5. I dont know if I could have controlled myself as you have! I would at least have given the seller an imprecation on parting - to Americanise an Aussie curse - May all your chickens(chooks) turn into Ostriches(Emus) and kick your outhouse(dunny) down! It does look pretty good at first impression, and I hope the problems continue to be relatively minor. Keep the updates coming, I love these stories. jp 26 Rover 9
  6. Bernie, Eltham ABS - woven bonded linings on 4 shoes (~9.5" drums), 1 drum skimmed, shoes radius ground - $120. john
  7. Have you had the current radiator cleaned internally ? Involves removing the tanks and 'rodding' the tubes, which I dont think would be expensive. If it has A/C, is there any debris between the radiator and condenser? Is the tuning all in spec - mixture, ignition timing etc? Radiator and cooling system flushed? I have heard of iron water pump impellers being degraded by corrosion . In my reading alloy rads securing the tanks with epoxy dont seem to last well. Electric radiator fans are more efficient as pullers than pushers. If the temp climbs as you go faster it could be retarded timing also. An electric fan is unlikely to help in your scenario, so I think its either radiator, pump or timing. jp 26 Rover 9, 83 Porsche 285cu in
  8. Always thought the Fiat radiators of that period were very elegant, lovely lines. Painted like that it really stands out. jp 26 Rover 9
  9. Sorry about that Bernie, but thats my impression of those seats. Maybe its the lack of patina, looking very new. When I get the Rover done I will be in the same boat, but at the moment its unavoidable unless a base and back the right size from the 20s magically turns up, or I find a way to 'age' newly covered seats turns up. jp 26 Rover 9
  10. Very neat, I like that. Good access to storage . jp 26 Rover 9
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    1952 MG TD

    These LR were a special lighter than usual body on SWB - note the hood/bonnet has a bevel at the front, more clearance under the fender/guards. There was also a toolbox at the left rear wheel in the top rear corner of the wheel well. There was a whole bunch all sold at once, and included some FFR (24V Fitted for Radio). The black squiggle on the door was where the National guard logo was over sprayed. Since women werent allowed to drive there at the time (only just happened now), wife only got drive when out in the sand, and she loved it. Sorry for the hijack! jp 26 Rover 9
  12. Bernie, Just to stay part of the conversation, and satisfy your need for a reaction to your seat example, I have to say the blue ones dont look period correct to me, but certainly neat and fucntional. In fact they wouldnt look too out of place in a Clubbie...except they would need to be high backed for modern rules. No interior in my Rover yet, but hoping to get started on that soon. jp 26 Rover 9.
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    1952 MG TD

    P4 box was almost identical to those used in LR, except maybe addition of 2nd synchro , and removal of freewheel. Here is my last LR - 1978 SIII, Air Portable, more commonly know as a Lightweight - under 1 ton so they could be dropped by parachute. jp 26 Rover 9
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    1938 buick horn issue

    Horns are commonly outside an ammeter due to their fairly high current, and intermittent use. Also they can be accidentally turned on by circuit failures because the horn and the wires from it back to the button are live, just waiting for a ground to occur. I usually fit a relay in a horn circuit so if there is a short the current is low...but fuse that anyway. I was woken once in the middle of the night by the horn sounding in my car parked under the house. Curiously, as I ran down under the house to fix the horn(outside, in bare feet, pyjama pants) I was also surprised by 2 policemen looking for an address further down the street! I wonder what they thought was going on! jp 26 Rover 9
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    Position of spark control

    Up and anti-clockwise also require knowing which side of the steering column the control is on, dont they? My 26 Rover's control is on the right side, and Up, anti-clock is retard. jp 26 Rover 9