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Andy Moltu

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  1. Spotted a red 6 from the Thames Valley group parked in Osbourne house car park today. We are incognito in the Stag
  2. The short answer to the question is no. Remove the trunnion bolt if you can and swing the upright out of the way. (You can remove it later still attached to the wishbones) The damper is easily removed - nut/locknut at the top and 4 underneath & drop down. You can usually remove the spring by evenly undoing the 6 bolts/studs that hold the spring pan on, however it is important you don't fully remove the two inner ones completely. These prevent the abrupt release of spring compression. (I would advise wearing eye protection and keeping your fingers out of harms way just in case the spring tension releases with a bang! If you have a standard spring this is usually enough to decompress the spring completely enough to allow it to be removed. I would recommend a slightly shorter spring which will allow you to reverse this process without needing a spring compressor although you may need to put a couple of long bolts in temporarily to pull the spring pan up enough to start the nuts on the remaining studs/bolts.
  3. Interestingly the Toyota I used to own had the indicator stalk on the right - whilst things may have changed, not all moderns have the indicator stalk on the same side.
  4. Do you expect the light switch to be sighted identically on all cars, likewise the radio controls, heater controls....?
  5. Most allow a few months grace to allow you to change things or the option of paying them to continue to use your old email address. Virgin used to be good about this - kept my old virgin.net address going for around 10 years with the occasional email to say they would be closing it down. They did finally close it down just a few weeks before I returned to them when they put fibre into our village. There are plenty of domain name hosts who provide email services.
  6. Could it be that the seal wasn't concentric with the crank? There's no scope for significant adjustment but if you have a different front engine plate it may be that it's attachent points to the block are not perfect or the attachement points for the timing cover may also not be perfectly aligned compounding things enough to mean the seal doesn't work properly.
  7. I think there is a slight misconception about 5he Lucas pump as used in F1. The pump element may well have been the same but the motor wasn’t. The wiper motor was utilised to save on costs for Triumph. The Bosch pumps are up to the job, and the pattern parts are cheap - almost to the point you could look on them as service items. A good Lucas pump is fine but marginal at best.
  8. The other thing to consider is whether your block is true. Many have warped to a minor degree over the years of heat/cool cycles. This is no big deal for a steel sump which flexes and takes up some of this gap. The alloy sumps are more rigid and if the are true and the block isn't the gasket won't compress evenly and thus leak.
  9. Personally I think that HGVs should be restricted to the inside lanes of motorways and dual carriageways (the only exception being to overtake exceptional loads on the motorway and tractors/mopeds on dual carriageways) At a stroke it would resolve most motorway hold ups which seem to blight every minor incline cause by the elephants racing. Given that they are governed to a set max speed the only benefit of overtaking would be to exploit the margin of error of the governor - say 1 mph. Driving for 10 hours would barely save 10 minutes yet each elephant race can hold up 30 or 40 cars for 5 minutes - the knock on delays are huge. Allowing them to drive in close proximity would be dangerous for other road users who may be left with small gaps. All to save the hauliers some cash. If the containers need to be that close together they should be on a train!
  10. One is earlier than the other and the dust seal is different - the earlier ones used a seal that looks more like bellows. Unless the later one is a much later one with metric threads they are interchangeable as the mounting and pipework are the same.
  11. Do they not distil Gin & whiskey in copper stills?
  12. I suspect that the bearing carrier is becoming tight on the nose and catching when hot so that the clutch doesn't disengage smoothly. Likely culprit is the clutch release bearing or possibly the bearing carrier itself having insufficient clearance - sometimes as a result of a few burrs forming when someone has replaced the release bearing. Either way it's a gearbox out job - replace the release bearing and gently run a file round the edges of the inside of the bearing carrier to remove any burrs formed when drifting the previous bearing off. Naturally when reassembling make sure things are correctly aligned
  13. You aren't washing hard enough! Always comes off with polish - not found the need for cutting compounds.
  14. Having experience of both the standard and the fly off handbrake I struggle to understand the benefits of a fly off handbrake!
  15. It may be that the bulkhead is a bit flimsy and would crack with time. The 2000s and Stags had it mounted to the bulkhead and it can be a real swine to access the bolts/nuts/clevis pin in the driver's footwell.
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