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Lagonda Rapiers

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Hello Paul

I could not agree with you more on all three points. The big thing is to remember that this is a hobby and as such supposed to be FUN.  For all those people saying "Oh Yeah!" I admit I have a problem, I have to be aware that my time is rapidly becoming shorter, As a result I become more impatient, there are so many more projects that I have in the pipe line. I really have a "thing" with people I perceive as sitting picking the lint out of their navel. Figuratively speaking of course!  

N.B, This does not include any of the regular contributors to this thread.

 

Bj.

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   G'day, Bernie

     I hope you know, you old fart, I am just jerking your chain.

 

   I did not know about the counter boring. How deep do you go?

 

  Watching

 

  Ben

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Hi Ben

Thank you, I need some one to do that every so often to wake me up.

 

I am just sending an email to Margaid, our Rapier Register Spares Person, She posted the head studs at her village post office in the UK to me 11 days ago. The parcel took a day and a half to reach Australia.  It has taken (so far) another nine and a half days in the Australian Postal "Service". The Tracking Service tells me that it could-should be delivered this week.

The CEO of Australia Post is due to retire soon, He is now in his mid 30s. He can just about afford to retire. He has just paid himself another Multi Million Dollar Bonus on top of his already Multi Million Dollar salary. After all he is the CEO.

Now I know I should have started my working life as a Telegram Delivery Boy.

 

Bj.

 

To  answer your question; about 1.5 to 2 mm. (one or two threads).

 

 

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Spanners used daily here Bernie. Some wrenches too.

I knew about block stud thread countersinking from my father.

 

keep up your posts please, we all learn something from them.

 

I just noticed a Rover 9 engine and gearbox was sold on gumtree recently - will have to check more often.

 

jp  

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So, I put the engine back into the 356 today. Did some wiring and fuel system work and with another days work spinning wrenches and adding some components I will have the old Porsche running.  Yes, many of us get almost as much enjoyment doing the mechanical things as driving our cars.  Note, I said ALMOST.  Driving is still a lot of fun.

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Hello Jp and Eric

I am glad to see you are both hard at work.

Right now work on the Lagonda has stalled.

Good ole Australia Post seems to have crashed the aeroplane that was bringing my new head studs from England.

The Tracking Service tells me that it took off from the UK at 4.14 PM on Saturday 11-3-2017 and it has not been seen since.

Oh! MERDE! as my French friends are known to say in times of extreme stress.

 

My local Post Master tells me that it is far too early to start worrying!  My parcel may turn up anytime within the next month to six weeks. Now ain't that just something?

 

Bj.

 

What was that I said about Page 13.

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The latest report on the missing parcel.

My friend in the UK has been doing some checking using the "Tracking Number." It seems as though I have nothing to worry about! 

It is not just my parcel that has fallen through the cracks. It appears that it is a whole big Post Bag containing lots of other people's parcels too,  Some forgetful baggage handler has put it down somewhere.

The problem is that he cannot remember where he dropped it. Someone is sure to find it some day, maybe not this week, month, year, decade. But at sometime in the future, someone will find it!  Oh well!

The Tracking Service? Their message is, "The case is closed". End of story.

 

Bj.

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I have also decided to buy a new inlet manifold from the UK too. How is it coming? Speedy Air Mail, Parcel Postage! 

Surely lightening cannot strike in the same place twice. Can it?  I am holding my breath.

It WILL be OK, I have a "tracking number" so I can check on its progress. So far, I know for sure that it has been posted.

 

Bj

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With the new (borrowed) head studs in place I can re-start putting the engine back together BUT look at todays photograph, not really the day to be doing engine work in an open carport!

 

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Hello Kevin

I see you are new to the AACA Forum so I do not know where you are or what car you have. Generally speaking, Timing a magneto is simply a matter of common sense. Give me some more info and I will attempt to assist.

 

Basically the first thing is to find TDC at the end of the compression stroke (both valves closed) 

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Hi Bernie, I have a '34 Lagonda Rapier and I'm from Melbourne.  You know me, I thought my nick name might give it to you, I also drive a red Toyota MR2. I came across your Forum topic while searching how to find the timing marks on a Rapier.  My magneto decided to misbehave and as I had another fully reconditioned one (as a standby) decided to swap it over.  I got it running again with the new mag but lacked power when driving, so I tried to advance it a little and stuffed it up completely.  Hopefully tomorrow (Tuesday) it should be going again.

 

Kevin

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Hello Kevin

For this sort of information you must first rejoin the Rapier Register.

The timing marks are on the rim of the flywheel and almost impossible to see unless you extend the marks onto the rear face of the flywheel or in your case onto the clutch pressure plate. It is helpful to remember that one tooth on the ring gear = 4 degrees. the only problem is that you cannot see the ring gear through the inspection hole in the belhousing. Once you establish TDC you can see the flywheel and ring gear through the opening at the bottom of the bell housing.  You can then start a new set of timing marks at the bottom of the flywheel.

The only problem is that you need to get underneath the car to see them. You need to remove both cam covers to establish when the valves are open and closed. You could always ask David N to assist you.  With your engine with the spark plugs "masked" it is hard/impossible to see when the piston is at TDC but you should be able to just thread a thin wire in through the spark plug hole. Either that or feel for the compression stroke with your thumb over the spark plug hole. This depends on how much compression your engine has. If you want to be really tricky you can bend a loop in a piece of glass tube attached to a rubber "cork" fill the loop with light oil place the rubber cork In the spark plug hole and observe the glass loop as you turn the motor over with the crank handle. When the oil squirts out into your eye you have reached TDC. There is lots and lots of this information and more through the Register, membership gives you access to all sorts of information and assistance. There are well over 500 items of important tips and suggestions in Rosemary's Reprints taken from  33 years of Rapier Register newsletters. 362 typewritten pages. It is worth paying the joining fee and annual subscription just to have access to this stuff:-

                                           ROSEMARY’S REPRINTS

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                                             TECHNICAL TOPICS

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                                               the Rapier News

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