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Rockie51

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  • Birthday 10/23/1945

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    Melbourne Australia
  • Cars Owned:
    66 TR4A
    95 Holden Commodore 6 litre V8
    09 Peugeot 407 V6 diesel Coupe
    11 Peugeot 308 HDI

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  1. Rockie51

    Suspension

    Ernest If you have a smaller gap between the wheel and the wheel well, you also have less wheel travel so it is likely that you are hitting the bump stops more often which would increase the rattles. Mine measures 380mm or 15” from the wheel centre to the wheel well front and back. I recall a figure of 27” from ground to wheel well as being standard. You should also check that the measurements match from side to side. Good luck Barrie
  2. Rockie51

    Suspension

    Ernest, there are many things that can contribute to a harsh ride. Tyre size and pressures can make a difference. My 4A rides better on 185/80 tyres than on 195/65s. Probably too late for you but when my car was rebuilt, the body guy did some judicious seam welding and we put a solid bulkhead between the cabin and the fuel tank. This stiffened the body and eliminated scuttle shake. I used Super Pro bushes all round. I have telescopic shocks on the back and used Konis all round. I have 390lb springs in the front and 470lb ones on the back. I would start with the bushes, tighten everything
  3. I fitted intermittent wipers and hazard flashers to my 4A from Retronics Ltd. Both work well and their support is excellent. Available direct or through Revington I think. I managed to make a bracket which allowed me to use the knob and mounting for the wipers in place of the useless lighting rheostat (top left) and I drilled out a spare TR knob for the hazard flashers (bottom centre) so all appears approximately normal. I added two switches to the bottom row. One is the hazards and the other is the spotlights when they get mounted.
  4. David I used the TR6 bottle and pump on my 4A to get bigger capacity. I used a TR heater switch with the original washer knob to hook it up. So the dash looks original but I have electric washers. Job done.
  5. Malcolm, my distributor was rebuilt by Vic at Ignition Developments in Frankston using Bosch parts from a Mitsubishi Magna. It is a Hall effect system and parts are available from Repco etc. It has been very reliable and has done about 30k miles so far in all conditions. The car starts and runs very well and I do not have to reset points. Unfortunately, he has now retired. I wonder if a good quality auto electrician could do the same for you. I had a Lumenition system on my Citroen GS many years ago. It was a light beam system with a “chopper” to activate it. It failed on a hot day and I we
  6. Our 4A averages around 32-35 mpg. That was sufficient to get us safely between fuel and motel stops across the Nullarbor in 2019 ie about 600km. That is travelling at between 100 and 110kph. With 185/80x15 tyres the odometer is dead accurate but I use the sat nav for mileage readings. It suggests that the odometer would over read by 7% with standard tyres. Interestingly, the car had a milder cam on our first trip to Perth (270 degree duration) and got 38mpg. It now has a 280 degree cam and economy has dropped slightly. Might have to put my right foot on a diet.
  7. Not a sports car but great fun. I have owned since new a 95 Holden Commodore V8 which was modified by Holden Special Vehicles. Modified further about 10 years ago when it was bored and stroked to just under 6 litres. It has about 360bhp at the flywheel and weighs just over 1500kg. It does have a sunroof so it is a bit like a sportscar!
  8. Hi John I initially attached the inertia reel and the lap strap to the factory mountings on my 4A. I have MX5 seats. The problem was that the reel stopped the seat from going back and when the seat hit the reel, it pushed it out of vertical which often locked the belt. I ended up drilling a hole in the wheel well and turning the reel through 90 degrees. This gave more travel and prevented the reel from being knocked sideways. I put a plate under the bolt in the wheel well to give adequate strength. My 6’ son can finally enjoy the delight of driving a TR! Rockie
  9. You guys are starting to feel the influence of the Seriously Useless Vehicles (SUVs) that we have been suffering from for years. The best selling vehicle in Australia for the last 5 years has been the Toyota Hilux. The top 10 are currently all utes and SUVs. Most of them weigh over 2 tonnes and do great damage to our roads, our environment and our road toll. You certainly notice it in a TR! It is sad to see even enthusiast magazines like Autocar praising these ridiculous vehicles. Much praise to Andrew Frankel for expressing his contempt for them. Rockie
  10. Richard, you haven’t specified what you feel is wrong with the brakes. Is there imbalance with one end locking prematurely or is the pedal pressure required higher than before? I put Wilwoods on the front of my 4A initially with the smaller of the 2 piston sizes that Richard Good was offering. I later changed to the larger piston calipers. When I rebuilt the car 20 years ago, I fitted ventilated discs with the standard calipers with spacers in them. I was never happy about that modification so I switched to Wilwoods. I did change to EBC pads which lightened the pedal a bit. My wife approved. W
  11. It depends on your usage. We have done many long trips. 2 passengers, luggage, a full fuel tank and tools easily comes to 500lb. As I have mentioned before, both the front and rear springs are placed at about 2/3 of the length of the wishbone and trailing arm. This leverage reduces the effective wheel rate by a similar amount. So the 320lb rear springs at the rear have an effective rate of about 210lb/in and a 500lb load will drop the body by about 1”. We have 470lb springs on the back and fully laden, the car rides well. It has Koni shocks all round on their softest setting. Depending on
  12. Also, you cannot engage any gears until “sufficient material has been removed”. Ask me how I know. (TR3A gearbox in 1968).
  13. Fraser Range in Western Australia 29th October 2019. We were on our way home from the 2019 TSOA National Rally in Margaret River. We had crossed the Nullarbor Plain a couple of weeks earlier. 2100km from home. The total trip was 8400km in 3 weeks. A great adventure.
  14. My 4A has a Momo Prototipo which has been in 3 different cars over 30 years. Just bought a new boss each time. It has been recovered once. It is 370mm diameter or about 14.6”. Slightly dished. I have MX5 seats and 185/15 tyres on 6” rims. It is very comfortable.
  15. Bob, the tank is removed through the boot so the firewall is not a problem. Rockie
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