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    Lagonda Rapiers

    Used to watch him many years ago here in Oz. I once flew Mel->Syd with him on the plane. Sydney baggage collection was chaotic back then. When I went through Julius was out with the handlers trying to show them a more efficient way to organise the baggage, while his wife waited in the background, her face saying 'I'm not with him'. Still reading all your technical stuff Bernie! Re epicyclic gears - there is a LONG hill on the road to Toowoomba in Qld, and I am told that it was common for T fords in the 20s to climb it in reverse - the reverse band was usually much less worn than the others, so slipped less, and fuel supply from the gravity feed tank was better. jp 26 Rover 9
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    1952 MG TD

    Dont forget you can assess the mixture with the lifting pin - up 1/32" - if rpm goes up and stays up - rich; if rpm fall, tends to die - lean; if rpm rise a bit then come back - good mixture. Looking very good, great work. It can be very hard to know what to expect from an unknown car model - only real way is to get a ride in another example that is rated as a good sample. By 'up 1/32' I mean after you feel the pin contact the piston, not just move the pin! Hope that makes sense. You are up early, or is it late ? jp 26 Rover 9
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    1952 MG TD

    Looking very good! Body work adds some character! Based on previous experience with Rover IOE (or F head) valves and trying to set side exhaust valve clearances while hot, we developed correct cold settings to make life easier. IIRC, where the hot figures were , say .008 inlet and .012 exhaust, cold figures were .003 in and .007 ex. Once you get a quiet hot setting, measure and record the cold figures, remembering to load the push rod end of the rocker to push the oil cushion out. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Battery disconnect switch, yes or no?

    Yes, heavy duty. Lots of amps on 6V systems, so quality is important. I have had an ordinary isolation switch on a high CR V8 for years now, with no issues, and it cranks the same as before the switch. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Lagonda Rapiers

    Bernie, You seem to have all the BF issues considered and in hand. I just dont trust them. I would love to come around while you gearbox is in bits, but am in the early days of recovery from a shoulder op , and not allowed to drive for some time still. Trying to understand the pages you have put up here, specifically how the different ratios are provided. I may come back to you with some questions in this area.... thanks jp 26 Rover 9
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    1960 MGA Restoration

    I once lived in a street where somebody owned an E-type with spoked wheels. As it drove past you could hear the loose spokes moving.... jp 26 Rover 9
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    Lagonda Rapiers

    Bernie, I understand from the above you are going to remove all the asbestos containing items from the Rapier before sending it out of the country , so it can be re-imported easily. If you are going to re-assemble your own spare gearbox with new asbestos free linings, how do you propose to prove to Border Farce that it is asbestos free on return? And the brake linings? As I understand the process of inspection , BF use firms they nominate as able to detect asbestos, or certify items as asbestos free, at your expense, as none of us ordinary mortals can be trusted. If it was me, I would be asking BF for something in writing spelling out what they would accept as proof at time of export that the car was asbestos free, and that it remained that way on re-import. I can imagine that a BF applied seal on the gearbox might suffice for that, but for the brake linings ? Exhaust gaskets? Would hate to see the car lost or damaged. jp 26 Rover 9
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    correct ECM or ECU for 1984 BMW 633CSi E24

    Try here - listed also for E28 533i . Same engine , so it makes sense. Unlikely another number would work well, as it would have ignition and fuel maps specific to the engine and its state of tune. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Balancing Connecting Rods

    Not very relevant, but I see two different firing sequences quoted above, and neither match the one I have always used - 153624. Whats that about please? I know there are lots of v8 sequences, but 4s and 6s I have only ever seen one order used. Enquirings minds.... jp 26 Rover 9
  10. Best car related French thing I have seen - cars with engines under 360cc do not need to be registered in France. Without licence plates such cars are untraceable, very stealable, and cant be reported stolen as they have no legal 'identity'. First one I saw in Paris had a notice on it - "cette voiture n'est pas abondonnee" - this vehicle is not abandoned. As best I recall the French anyway. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Top bows and irons

    Estimate of the width required would narrow the search, and then the expanded length to the screen. I have the same problem with my car. jp 26 Rover 9
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    1952 MG TD

    Good stuff! Wish I had done some video of my work. Re big end bearings - its common practice to cover the big end bolts (before the big ends are pulled onto bearings) with some rubber or plastic tubing so they dont mark the journals on the way through. Also note that the arms on the front lever shocks have protrusions on them that look like ears you would use to pull the arms off with a 2 leg puller, but they face the wrong way? After honing the m/cyl I would have polished the bore with some fine wet and dry paper, with oil on it, then wash with meths or similar non mineral solvent. Looks like the same m/cyl as used in Morris Minors, but considerable easier to R&R! jp 26 Rover 9
  13. Some people just dont understand us at all! jp 26 Rover 9
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    Odd little Italian car

    M14x1.5 is a VW and Porsche lug nut thread, so it should not be that difficult to find a LH thread part. A Fiat spindle should be findable somewhere, if you can get a picture up. You could even , maybe , fit a RH threaded spindle if they are not handed? Get a picture of the bare spindle and feed it into a google picture search. My Rover has a LH thread on its RH spindle, which I think means the spindles are fitted on the wrong sides. jp 26 Rover 9
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    Chrysler '28 alternator conversion pics

    I am sure I have seen something about a company that makes alternators in cases that look like much older models of generators...? Here we go: 50-60s Chevys. At least they are US made, and could look like a 50s upgrade? jp 26 Rover 9