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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
  8. 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
  11. 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
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    1952 MG TD

    One oddity I see - one carb damper piston seems to have the needle retaining screw visible, but not the other? Are these pistons keyed so they only fit in one way ? My HS2 pison has a slot in the side that keys on a piece on the engine side of the throat, and the needle retaining screw is on the side of the piston towards the front or rear of the engine. Wonder why this is done? So that the screw wont be ingested by the engine if it comes loose. Stromberg CD carbs dont do this and I once had an early Rangie that swallowed the needle screw - it would start and run with a clacking noise, but I couldnt turn it over with the crank handle. Obvious when the head came off, (which also involved a brken head bolt), and then the carb got dismantled to verify. Screw was VERY flat!. jp 26 Rover 9
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    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
  17. 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
  19. Bernie, Eltham ABS - woven bonded linings on 4 shoes (~9.5" drums), 1 drum skimmed, shoes radius ground - $120. john
  20. 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
  21. Always thought the Fiat radiators of that period were very elegant, lovely lines. Painted like that it really stands out. jp 26 Rover 9
  22. 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
  23. 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
  25. 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.