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John Bracher

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About John Bracher

  • Birthday 08/03/1962

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  • Location
    Salisbury, Wilts
  • Cars Owned:
    1974 TR6 CR
    Assorted Vitesses.....

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  1. Andrew Totally agree! How else would you measure/quantify the 'dollop' of 'stuff' on the front timing cover?? I gather it came in 2 sizes, 'dollop' and 'gert big dollop'!!
  2. Definite +1 and a 'thumbs up' for R-Tech. They also treat you 'properly' when you have any questions or want any accessories!! Satisfied customer!
  3. Be a little careful when doing so!! Mine didnt work either (since I had the car) When I put a battery charger across one pair of wires, it drew about (from memory) 2 amps. The other pairing/speed instantly pulled 15A and switched the charger off!! New motor was required....... Cleaned the switch out too. Now have 2 speeds, and warm all over!!
  4. Gents, not sure if anyone has seen this, but can you imagine if all 'our' manufacturers felt this way??? https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/magazine/mazda-to-support-mx-5-restoration/?utm_source=Car+%26+Classic+|+User+Updates&utm_campaign=7ec1413207-Weekly_Digest_Vol42_Main&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bd04a64dff-7ec1413207-120275967 Who can we write to/petition??
  5. Daz I agree with Harry. If you decide to go for making one, get to your local Agricultural/Farm machinery shop (not a mower shop) and buy a 1m length of (I would suggest) M16 HT studding and suitable nuts/washers etc. The only 'complex' part of the tool is the lower plate, which (probably) the farm shop will have something suitable (scrap metal plate) for use. Grease the threads, and mind your fingers!!
  6. Bu**ers!! What is it they say "Neither a borrower nor a Lender be.........." Aside from that though, Stuart, can I borrow your....... Had to do one of mine recently, when a window regulator packed up! (Anyone got a good drivers side regulator for sale?? mine is still not right!!) Lost one of the pins onto my pea shingle drive , so made a replacement from some 3.2mm Diameter welding electrode .... Lovely!! Then fitted it using a 'tubing' method very similar to Dave IoW. Holding the spring and finisher back is the hard bit!
  7. When I did mine, I left the heater matrix closed off from the main system, and did this seperately. Ran for severla short trips with scale remover, before moving into flushing mode. I used Roger's trick with the coat hanger for 'phase 2' and shifted loads more crud. I managed to rig a hosepipe connection to fit the block drain plug hole after that, and flushed 'upwards and outwards' from there --- more crud!! I then ran the same methodology through the heater system from the external hoses, as I had (in a former life) managed to completely bung up a Ford heater matrix (rea
  8. Thanks Gents! Waldi, I have new nuts etc arriving shortly, and have now undergone some grinding/metal removal of the manifold flanges and much 'stud refurbishment' (removal of bent studs, replacements and thread re-cutting) to allow things to fit together without conflict, and (hopefully) not too many tears!! At some time, the TBs and manifolds were 'fitted together' by 'adjusting' with a (presumably) large hammer!!
  9. Gents I am just in the process of replacing my manifold gasket with a 'superior' type from one of the usual suppliers. The old gasket was a 'standard' type, and was stuck to the throttle bodies in places, and clearly showing signs of 'blow by' at the exhaust ports. Wanting (obviously) to avoid air leakage (inwards) on the throttle bodies, and issues on the (tubular) manifold joints, does anyone have any suggestions of sealing compound, or should the gasket be fitted dry, and with crossed fingers?? Thanks!!
  10. So, Steve On you go, and good luck! Once you have succeeded, please post with the winning method, and I can then get onto fitting mine!!
  11. This works! When I made some templates for an interior 're-trim' a few years ago, I 'found' a piece of @3mm thick clear acrylic sheet to use as a template, so allowing accurate marking of holes where they needed to be from the door metalwork onto the panel. Worked a treat! My boss at the time was furious when we said the acrylic sheet must have been accidentally "lost or thrown away".........
  12. Any advantage in soaking the rubber in a hot bath first? (That sounds a bit suspect, but I'm sure you get my meaning!)
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