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AlanT last won the day on November 3 2019

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  1. Every aspect of the commercial law and business practice in the UK is weak, useless and unenforceable as far as ordinary people are concerned. Unless you have run a small business you probably won't know this. After a while you get a 6th sense. We get by only because the vast majority in the UK are honest. So dishonest people find ii very easy. This is why UK has become the home of fraud.
  2. You're welcome. I've been working on these for 8 years or so and I've done hundreds. Here's one for an Elan that was in a bit of a state.
  3. 2 Ohms GREEN to RED is the resistance of the armature and brushes. 8.7 Ohms GREEN to YELLOW is the resistance of 700 turns of field-winding. Motor is correct original and would need an external 10 Ohms in series with the field at the YELLOW wire end to get FAST running. Other side of the resistor goes to the RED wire. Your switch now has to ground the RED wire in BOTH SLOW and FAST positions. This powers the armature and field. To run SLOW you would also ground the YELLOW wire. This shorts out the resistor, which increases the field and reduces speed. I'll sketch this for you if you can't follow. Does not look as if your switch has enough contacts to do this, but you'll need to check it out. Usually light switches work because it's like doing just side-lights or side-lights with head-lights. There are many ways you might use as a last resort, to make this work. Like a separate FAST/SLOW switch. The switch from a TR5 might do.
  4. You can use a 10 Ohm 10W wire wound resistor instead of an overwind on the field coil. You can put the resistor inside the motor or anywhere that suits. I've done two-speed conversions with resistor like in the photo. But an overwind like Lucas used is actually much easier. But you will need the right kind of switch. What switch do you actually have? I think I'd look at the field-coil and see if there is an overwind just in case it's been modified.
  5. Quite so Roger. The wiper of the rheostat is trying to fall off from day one really. This is why these motors are "rare". I was going to suggest it earlier, but I'd convert this to the TR4A design.
  6. Oh and before you ask, yes you can convert a 75501 to be like a usual two-speed and use a switch, if you don't have a rheostat. And go the other way if you have a rheostat but no motor.
  7. On another related topic. What is the difference between a DR3 ans a DR3A? Well I've worked on hundred of these and am still not sure. I think Lucas marked these somewhat inconsistently. The earliest ones, DR3, used a one-piece Aluminium cover and a parking switch with a knurled brass adjuster. Usually these are reverse-parkers on Jaguar/Rover. Later on the type with a steel cover and parker in the round cap came and these are DR3A. Except that later Jaguars have the plate marked DR3A even though its aluminium.
  8. This motor is different to the usual TR two-speed. The field coil does not have a resistance overwind. The field coil does not connect to the grounded side of the armature AT ALL. These used a unique switch with a built-in rheostat. This completes the connection of the field-coil to ground and gives continuously variable speed. Also found on Zodiacs. If you ground both the RED and YELLOW wires you will get maximum field and will run SLOW. I often make replicas of these for Lotus owners and also fix the switches which are usually ROPEY. The problem is that a trivial fault with the switch will leave you with no field excitation and burn out the armature. BE CAREFUL! You won't get two speeds without the correct switch because there is no way to reduce the field. I suspect you are trying to run with residual magnetism because the rheostat needs fixing.
  9. You probably don't have the right wheel-boxes. I've even got 160 degree wheels but this would usually be far too much for a sports car.
  10. Oh and when you weld the pin back you must ensure the slot in the top points correctly! Otherwise the parking contact may not work.
  11. Correct. Both wires to ground should run slow. Your post reads like it runs slow when parking but fast all the time when on? I think this may be the switch not the motor. Try it out by making direct connections to ground that don't pass through the switch. Just spotted that this is a Lotus. Is this the one with a rheostat switch with continuously variable speed? What is the part-number on the cover-plate, like 75XXX?
  12. I drill through the plate into the bottom of the pin. I use a drill ground with a much reduced point so I don't go into the pin very deeply. The weld is confined to the centre of the pin so not a lot of drilling is needed. But the weld causes the metal to go hard sometimes. The older wheels are worse for this. For a 120 sweep with the standard wheel-boxes you want the centre of the pin offset from the centre of the plate by 12.4mm. A nice new 120 on eBay at the moment for £38.
  13. POR15 is the only paint I've used that I can paint on a washer and do a nut up against it and the paint will stay on it.
  14. The pot-life of opened POR15 is quite long, like months. But you have to ensure that there is none around the joint of the can and lid. Otherwise you just won't get it off. I kept mine in a screw-top jar and just loaded the brush by dipping in the middle. No wiping the brush on the edge!
  15. I have a spare one of these plates in good order should anybody need one.
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