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Charlie D

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    turn-the-crank.com

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    Hereford (UK)
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    Cars?

    I’ve had a few.

    But then again.

    Too few to mention.


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  1. Richard, Possibly the bearing that the drum spins on. It may be OK at slow speed wash cycle, but with the higher spin cycle it could cause the drum to wobble. We have a low cost machine and even that has an “Out of balance” sensor which switches the machine off if it starts to wobble. You could try to see if there is any play in the bearing. Easy fix? I don’t think it’s too difficult, and the bits would be cheapish. I bet there is a you tube tutorial on how to do it. Charlie
  2. +1 I think this is quite a common problem because as you remove the front wing it seems to stick at this point, so pressure is put to pull the wing from the bottom and thus bends the flange. I know this is what happened when I removed my front wings. Charlie.
  3. Ahh... So in reality, it was actually a mail train. Charlie.
  4. Hello Sue/Roger, I was intrigued by your photo because I thought it had the look of a private gasworks. Many old country houses had such things. Part of the Premier Inn is "Moresby House" , an old country mansion. The building you photographed was in fact the gate house. (Refered to as "Moresby House Lodge" on old maps.) Seeking out old private gasworks is a hobby of mine. (No, I don't know why either.) Alas, this one was not to be. Charlie.
  5. I don’t think that’s strictly true. The sensor measures the speed from the speedo take off point which is geared to the tail shaft and the ratio of that gearing is not the same between boxes. (I think…) I have a feeling that saloon boxes that some people fit have a ratio of 2:1 whereas the regular TR box is 2.5:1 . But I may be wrong…….. Charlie.
  6. We all seem to be repeating each other . I just wrote this and then discovered Rod had said much the same. ------- Hello David, When I was old enough to get a car, in the late 1960’s, things like TRs, Healeys and E Types were THE car to have, but very few of us could afford one. We never forgot those memories, so when we “Grew up” we went and bought the cars from our childhood. I also think that 1930’s cars (MG T-types etc), were looked on by us kids as “Silly looking old cars.” Not really the sort of things to be seen in. I think times have now moved on so that side s
  7. I don’t want to sound like a killjoy, but I think the least said about the place, and the minimum number of photos on the internet are best. It’s fine for enthusiasts, but it also encourages people with less “Honorable intentions” to find the place.. Charlie.
  8. Peter, I (foolishly) assumed that the Roadster used the same steering box as the TRs. (Including the outer tube and stator tube.) Apparently not. I investigated and discovered that the Roadster used a Marles box, which is very different. No doubt two of those differences are a larger diameter outer tube and stator tube. Learn something new every day. I think the TR steering box was made by “Cam Gears”. Charlie
  9. When I rewired my 3A I used modern "Thin wall" cable in the stator tube.. Amazing how much thinner it is OD for the same current rating. I do wonder though how they did it with the Triumph Roadster. Charlie.
  10. Is it not a potential safety problem leaving 4 open chambers full of petrol over night in the average sized garage? When I had a railway arch one of my neighbors blew the back wall off their arch simply by leaving a small bucket of petrol on the floor and a lit candle on the other side of the room. (Obviously, it was not accidental.) After a few hours the air/vapor mixture was just right to cause the explosion. I know we are not talking about a lot in the case of the cylinder head, but I still think it would be better to leave it in the garden overnight. Charlie.
  11. Here are photos of a Roadster head (Taken from the internet) and bits from my 3A spares box. Interestingly the dip switch only uses two of the copper strip slots and three of the nut holes. Slightly to the left of the dipswitch is another slot for a copper strip and two more holes. I wonder what else was switched from the head? Charlie Bob, I guess that one of the copper strips in the picture must go to the earth connection inside the head then. The right hand strip looks like it goes to the earthy side of the horn switch
  12. When I took my control head apart to clean it up I noticed that there were spaces for another switch moulded to the top (or maybe bottom) of the case. It panicked me a bit at first because I hadn’t got anything to fit there and thought I’d lost some bits. I did a bit of investigation and found pictures like the one that Bob has showing a switch on the bottom. Although the “cut-out” for the actual switch lever is not there, there is still evidence of where it should go on the inside of the moulding. I’ll look later if I have another one in pieces so I can take some pictures of in
  13. A bit of an oddity is that his contact details are only a “gmail.com” email address and “Bristol”. Not very professional in my eyes. He helpfully shows a map of Bristol underneath, with a red blob that would normally signify an office or business premises, but in this case just refers to the center of Bristol. Seems he wants to keep a low profile.
  14. Ed, Jeff, Colin, Thanks for the really fast replies. As always, the forum members come up with the answers. Not long ago Waldi (Our friend from the Low Lands) mentioned "Viton B" specifically. Arrrggg... How can we ever keep up with all these changes. A while back "Louis Viton" was just a bloke who made handbags, that were copied by scammers and sold by street traders in the back allyways of Paris. So now he has moved into the O-Ring business........ Again, Thanks for the help Charlie.
  15. Hello All, I’ve got the classic petrol leak from the bottom of my Stromberg 175s. A simple enough fix, from what I’ve read, just replace the O ring. Can anyone suggest where I can get ethanol friendly O-rings from? Ebay has several people selling the rings specifically for the purpose, but I guess some of them could be stock from pre-ethanol days. No one seems to mention ethanol in the blurb, which makes me suspicious. Any help gratefully received. Charlie.
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