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R.White last won the day on August 4 2015

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About R.White

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    '26 Touring
  • Birthday 11/14/1954

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    I own a 1926 DB special touring, and a 1930 Austin 7 Swallow saloon Seeking a pre 1905 veteran car to restore.

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  1. Same thing happened to me! I suggested that there might be serious amounts of lead in the exhaust pipe build up. Ray.
  2. Hi Spinnyhill. I know how you appreciate an intellectual approach - so these articles, I imagine, are right up your street. As it happens, the MG fraternity in the U.K. are, in my opinion, some of the most technically proficient practitioners in our hobby.🤓 Ray.
  3. 'A vast amount of research has been carried out on all aspects of petrol by a chap called Paul Ireland here in England. I recommend you sign up to the free on line magazine 'Totally Type 2' which although MG oriented has much of general interest. I can't reproduce the superbly researched and illustrated articles here as it is copyright but from issue 2 October 2010 onwards, Paul and his team at Manchester University discover some remarkable facts about petrol. Admittedly, the engine they use for experiments is the MG XPAG unit as found in the 'T' types which is relatively modern in comparison but the information is mostly relevant. Ray.
  4. Seeing as you have the patience you might like to study this. I am afraid my eyes began to glaze over after a while..... http://sffsymposium.engr.utexas.edu/Manuscripts/2013/2013-66-Snelling.pdf
  5. Just as an aside. In what can only be described as a co incidence, I have twice now acquired a vintage car with brand new standard size pistons fitted to a clapped out engine.!! Why do people do this?? In the case of my Austin Seven engine I had it sleeved to fit the pistons. I was thinking about your car and I am sure you have also considered this as an option. You may have a bit of luck and find that the pistons only need new rings or if the bores are worn oval and new pistons are not available you might consider sleeving down a size and turn the piston to fit? Lots of options I suppose but you are more patient than me...I would be itching to get the oily bits.😉 Ray.
  6. Are you sure that you have to get pistons made? Is there not a size available? I would have thought there would be a small car or motorcycle near enough the same size. If you can't get new pistons - assuming you are not aiming at oval ground pistons - I would try turning some on my lathe. https://www.omegapistons.com/pistons.php (P.S. I know pistons should ideally be either cast or forged) Ray.
  7. I have always found Tom and Cindy most helpful. One downside of owning an American car in England is the cost of shipping and customs charges. On average, everything works out at twice the price...😲 Ray.
  8. I find it easier to place a magnet next to the hole where the rod exits the block. It holds the rod in place while you concentrate on fitting the pan. It is important to make sure the oil pump drive locates properly. You also have to watch the external oil pipe. The most common problem is the rear crank oil seal getting dislodged as you fit the pan in place. Good luck.
  9. You shouldn't need to do anything to protect it. It's galvanised. Ray.
  10. I left mine galvanised. Cleaned up just fine. The bell housing, however, I painted same as engine - similar colour to yours. Ray.
  11. I believe they are more commonly known as valences. The metal plates that fit between the engine and the chassis I think are splash guards. I would think the brass era section would be a start.
  12. One of the problems with searching on line for good examples is that only contemporary photographs seem to be available ...and they all look pretty ropey. There are, probably reasons for this - in particular the possibility that such covers are a hinderance to maintenance and if they are anything like the splash guards fitted to engines of many cars of the period, they got left off or just replaced with little care.
  13. It would be interesting to see inside! I imagine there is a leather type plunger which may have perished.
  14. I would take a step back and think about fitting the leather valances. Providing the leather was heavy enough and finished off properly they should add rather than detract from the appearance. Your call, but personally I would give the job to a proffesional saddler. I think it would probably pay dividends providing it looked authentic. The valances shown in your photo look horrible and I can't imagine they would have looked like that originally. Ray.
  15. I presume that is a British scene?