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Charlie D

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  1. In the 1970’s I poked a pair of new nylon stocking through the dipstick hole to try to solve big end rattle in a 3A. I mention that the stockings were new, because I had a bit of a problem in the shop trying to get them. It was near Monte Carlo, and all the shops were quite expensive. The stylish shop assistant asked me questions like “What size?”, “What colour? “, “Plain or patterned”? I kept replying that I wasn’t really bothered. In the end I told her that I just wanted to stick them in my engine. I don’t think she really understood. It’s a pity, because if she knew anything about engines she might have said : “Oh. Don’t do that! All that will happen is that they will get sucked around the oil pump gauze, your oil pressure will go down to zero, and you will have to remove the sump to retrieve them”. That, of course, is exactly what happened. Apologies Mr Fleegs, as none of this really helps your problems, apart from advising you not to put nylon stocking in your gearbox. Charlie.
  2. My 3A looked like that when the vertical link broke. Charlie
  3. Andy, I’m not 100% sure on this, but I think I read it somewhere on the forum. The reason that 2 types of seal come with the filter is because there are 2 different manufacturers of filter heads (Tecalamit and Purolator) and each use a different seal. Did 2 different types come with your new filter? Maybe you are using the wrong one. Charlie.
  4. Drove to Barnard Castle today. I’ve been having trouble with my eyesight recently, and I was advised it was the best place to go to get it tested. Charlie.
  5. Sorry about that. My 3A has later instruments and an alternator, so I never thought about the dynamo regulator. I did think it a bit odd though that there was someone who refurbished instrument voltage regulators. I spent half an hour trying to work out how they would do it. (Did not come up with an answer.) Charlie.
  6. You can buy electronic ones from eBay. They will probably last forever as they don't have mechanical parts in them. (Search : Electronic instrument voltage stabiliser – 10 volt for classic cars) Charlie
  7. I did as Rob did, but I made them all slightly different lengths (top one longest), so I didn’t have to get them all lined up at once. Get the top one in, then swing the box a bit to get the next and then the next. Charlie.
  8. Forget about where the tilting seat should live for the moment. The first picture (the stripped seat) has the bracket on the left hand side of the seat, looking from the back. The picture of the seat with the trim still on has the bracket on the right hand side, looking from the back. Therefore… You have 2 seats, one with a bracket for the driver’s seatbelt, and one for the passenger’s seat belt. The fact that the tilting seat “Should” be the passenger seat doesn’t really matter. We all know how many cars today are nothing like they left the factory. Maybe at some stage a PO fitted two tilting seats, and at the same time added the seat belt brackets. Charlie.
  9. Is the gap between the two screws wide enough for a seat belt to fit? If so, read my previous comments. Charlie.
  10. Tim, Every company I worked for used to use this: https://cpc.farnell.com/servisol/100001300-200ml/super-10-200ml-switch-contact/dp/SASERVISOL You may get it cheaper elsewhere, but Farnell are a reliable company. You may not need to pull the switches apart. Just sprey into the gaps and shake it about. Charlie.
  11. I too have very happy memories of EMI Hayes. I worked for them for 3 years or so, but didn’t spend too much time there as I was installing and fixing brain scanners abroad for them most of the time. The best company ever for expenses! They had the attitude that if you had to go overseas to work you should not be one penny out of pocket. They even paid for all the cigarettes I smoked and the beer I consumed! One bloke even put in a receipt (written in Italian) for a £3000 fur coat for his wife, and claimed it read “Electronic equipment”. Unfortunately for him our boss could speak fluent Italian and he was caught out. These day’s he would be fired. Back then he was just told to pay the money back, and carried on working as if nothing had happened. The building has, I believe, had a very tasteful redevelopment done (I think parts of it are listed.) I would guess that Sue could verify if it looks OK or not. Charlie.
  12. I wonder if the TPM number on the speedo face is altered if it has been sent away for recalibration at any time in the past. It would take a very skilled hand and fine paintbrush to produce anything like an acceptable result. There must be people reading this who have had a recalibration done. Did they alter the number? Charlie.
  13. Andy, I feel a bit bad now recommending them… I have used them on my 3A and, as Stuart says, they clip over the rim at the top. In this photo you can see the small bent up bits on the bowl. Charlie
  14. That could well tie up with my seat belt theory. If the screws were longer (as you say they have been either cut off or snapped) they could go through the rear part of the seat cover. The seat belt would be positioned between the screws and then a metal plate put over the top. As long as the metal plate was not screwed down fully then the seat belt would still be free to slide through (For when tilting the seat), but would stop it dropping off the shoulder. It just looks so similar to the set up on my Restall seats that I wonder if it was a (slightly) common mod in the days when seat belts first came in. Charlie.
  15. The first car I had (in 1967) was a Triumph Herald fitted with Restall seats. They had a (sort of) bracket like that attached to the rear of the seat backs. I say “Sort of “ because they were just cloth strips (Bits of seat belt webbing) that were screwed and glued through the fiberboard seat backing, and obviously put on by some PO. Their purpose was to stop the seat belt slipping off the occupant’s shoulders. The shoulder belts were attached to the floor just behind the seat. If the belts were needed in anger they would have just ripped the bracket out the fiberboard, but lots of things were done in those days without a lot of thought being put into them. The photo shown looks similar, except mine were attached to the back. It does look in the right place though to guide a shoulder seat belt if they were attached to a similar bracket at the back. Is that part of a hole just visible under the left side screw? I wonder why??? Charlie.
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