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About boxofbits

  • Birthday October 16

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    Eastbourne, East Sussex
  • Cars Owned:
    TR4a 1967
    Austin Cooper S 1966
    Morris Minor Van 1971 currently under resto
    Triumph TR6 1969 Needing Light Restoration

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  1. I still have a 1/2” 9/16” Snap On ratchet spanner from around 1973 which is still working. But do beware of a worn ratchet as ones knuckles can receive a serious pasting if it decides to suddenly slip (so I found out). Kevin
  2. boxofbits

    TR5 bonnet

    Tim You may get away with black felt from Woolies which compresses to approx 3mm? Might be worth getting a sample to try. https://www.woolies-trim.co.uk/product/2006/black-felt-25cm Kevin
  3. I suspect oil would lift them given time. Highlights the issue precisely of ending compulsory MOT tests for Classic Cars. Something of a Pandora’s Box really especially as much of the repairs are DIY on these cars. Timebomb.
  4. Hi David Apologies in delay getting back to you. Below are the pics of the horn set up for the Les Leston wheel. I've not pulled the horn contact pencil out, though as it is longer I cut the outer tube of an old one, and used part of another inner to extend the pencil to reach the horn contact ring. Maybe a TR6 one will fit in one piece I don't know. You'll see the copper or brass flat earthing strip which goes from the push, down a cut out channel in the shroud to Earth on the steering wheel hub- easy to make up, and a standard horn push. As can be seen the shroud is held by two domed screws. Hope this helps. Kevin
  5. Hi David The shroud is plastic secured by two screws which then secure it to the wheel. The shroud has a cut-out on its depth allowing a flat brass earthing strip to be fitted from the horn push connection to the wheel surface. Its possible there is a dumpier shroud but I haven’t seen one. I’ll post some photos of the horn push arrangement and pencil possibly over the weekend but as you say if a shallower shroud is used you might not need the extension. Regards Kevin
  6. Hi David I have a Les Leston wheel by Walsall Wheels fitted to my TR4a. It’s an attractive accessory I think. I was fortunate enough to buy it with the column boss, horn shroud and horn push. There is also a copper tag which fits inside the shroud to earth the horn push connection to the wheel. I utilised the original horn push shaft which is not long enough but you will have to cut in half another shaft using the plastic insulator as an extension tube as it is that much longer to earth down to the horn ring. I used the standard TRiumph TR4a horn push though mine came with a plain black horn push which I didn’t use. If you need any help on the horn push arrangement let me know. Photo attached. Kevin
  7. Huge pile of slicks and treaded tyres in the background .Does it have a registration number? Kevin
  8. Some seals are better than others. Mine was from Moss and the problem was getting the rubber even around the top. Eventually I pre-tightened the top with just enough gap to get the rubber over the lip of the top and eased it in with rubber grease and an old credit card so as not to scratch the paint .
  9. The chamfer should be on the meshing side of the starter motor, to help the gears to mesh. It’s possible it was fitted back to front and I have seen this before. I’d imagine most of the TR specialists are likely to supply the same gear tbh and should be reasonable to good quality. Kevin
  10. Hi Graeme Pair available here on Ebay for £45 plus postage. https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/232762786066?chn=ps&ul_ref=https%3A%2F%2Frover.ebay.com%2Frover%2F1%2F710-134428-41853-0%2F2%3Fmpre%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.ebay.co.uk%252Fi%252F232762786066%253Fchn%253Dps%26itemid%3D232762786066%26targetid%3D594043260670%26device%3Dt%26adtype%3Dpla%26googleloc%3D9045157%26poi%3D%26campaignid%3D1700608957%26adgroupid%3D65571256039%26rlsatarget%3Dpla-594043260670%26abcId%3D1140486%26merchantid%3D7294384%26gclid%3DCj0KCQiAtvPjBRDPARIsAJfZz0qjKVsUG1zQBm5t_X_BzHawhSxhstU37IYBXVkLgj2MJ5cVSunntZIaAmBvEALw_wcB%26srcrot%3D710-134428-41853-0%26rvr_id%3D1881277864553%26rvr_ts%3D47d0905b1690a9cb61b6b4f6fff4433e Kevin
  11. I would say the used item as it's probably OEM, if it can be guaranteed as good or the replacement bronze one. Is your old one worn? Kevin
  12. That's a lucky find Roger, and in its way more valuable than the manual it was left in. Workshop manuals can give quite a lot away about previous owners. I have a BMC manual where someone has made notes on when the car was serviced and mileage etc, clear fingerprints where someone has turned the pages, an owner who might now be long gone and calculations in pencil using long division. Remember that? And can you still do it?..and the reverse with multiplication, all things we were taught at school but regrettably rarely use these days. The letter reflects the warmth, sincerity and simplicity of the day, much like receiving a bag of tea as a perk to top up your wage...nice touches that you don't often get these days unfortunately. Kevin
  13. To be pedantic pity they didn't tab 'Gross Laden Weight' just slightly to the left so as it lines up with the type above as per original. I did obtain a plate from a well known TR source specifically for my March '69 TR6, but it has only Triumph Motor Co Ltd on it which I think is incorrect. Kevin
  14. Okay yes slightly different in shape , but believe they were common to other Standard Triumph vehicles like the Vanguard for instance and other manufacturers so likely it would have been fitted fairly shortly after its manufacture as it would seem not unique to the early TR2. Kevin
  15. Hi Rod Lucas wiper motors normally seem dated around 1 month prior to the car being on the assembly line. I'm not sure what motor you have (DR3)? but this model would probably have been used on other vehicles such as the Vanguard or 8/10, and indeed other manufacturers, so stock production and rotation would have almost certainly been faster than a 6-7 month period, so not a likely scenario - in my opinion. Kevin Kevin
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