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    Hi John, - you up late enjoying the cricket?
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    Briefly slot into 2nd (gear) before engaging first and reverse.... should work a treat and good practice anyway on the side screen box; correct Z320, no synchro on 1st and R
  3. This is great Deggers,..... Original and all the better not to be tarted-up.. Not for me to question Leonardo’s Artistry and Creativity but............. Does anyone else agree she’d look so much better Topless? (After all... All side-screen cars should only ever have hard top on if rallying in the snow, not when the sun is shining!? - That roof adds nothing imo)
  4. Thank you Tony, Really appreciated, I can confirm that I’m in much better shape after finding and reposting your diagram... In that I now know where I have to be with the wiring, once I have done that correctly I reckon I’m down to the following: Relay (Got original 3A, later 4A Original and new ‘Chinese) - Hoping to salvage one of the originals Check oil level (Don’t think so but will certainly check) Check solenoid (Least preferred but most likely?) Just as an general update - Or, in fact lack of one - Best laid plans were scuppered over the weekend when I got involved with sanding oak floor....... Gosh its hard! (And doesn’t help when you get 50/50 chance of buying the correct size of belt ....) Tony
  5. Thanks Rob, - that is a very good link and DOES bear some resemblance as to how mine is wired (ammeter to C1 on the relay etc) Thanks also Rod, - yes, at least initially I did get the click when in 4th when switching. However, further ref the ‘incompetent meddling’ above, I noticed that the original relay looked superficially at least rusty so jumped to this root cause conclusion and replaced with 4A one I had hanging around - this one had more terminals and I stuck wires on without properly checking or seeing what was C1, W1 etc.... Further to my shame, I waited until relay (and wires) got hot before realising and owning up on here... That’s why I’m going back to basics, once I’m 100% wiring is correctly back in place I can trouble-shoot from there!? Again, thanks so far... hopefully, I will plod a bit further tomorrow
  6. Basis not wanting to hijack John or any other thread on same subject and suspecting my own issue is 99% down to my own increasingly incompetent meddling... I’m looking to go back and start from absolute basics.. Therefore, can anyone confirm this is the correct wiring for late 3A? If so, perhaps also worth asking the question: How come mine had previously worked faultlessly for the 40+ years I’ve had the car... When the wiring set-up bears little resemblance Thanks, Tony
  7. What’s the copper squirly copper pipe all about T Rusty? And.... you better be careful if the fluid does squirt out..... It will go all over that immaculate carpet and or/ the black cat!
  8. OK.... On a final, final note.... Interesting that the percent of flat grills on this thread are almost exactly proportional to the same old flat earth believers brigade.... Believe me, the earth is not flat... Ive sailed around it a few times and never gone over the edge! This is clearly a much, much, much bigger issue that needs to be addressed.... Namely, If this was the ‘wind-up window section(s) of the forum then this would never happen: “Of course Michelotti with his Italian flair for design would not be questioned, same for the ‘6’ who would ever doubt Teutonic efficiency... However, when a couple of Brits design the original side-screen cars, with no budget, on the back of a beer mat down the pub getting the gentle curves on the grill so perfect from every angle you could look - why will some never move past “flat”? On a serious note to finish Don, you will surely be aware that this grill was originally known as the ‘Dollar Grin $$$$’ and everyone who drove the car how it was meant to be driven managed to shunt the front end, usually sooner than later...
  9. This is Tony back with Q & A... First the question: Why oh why OH why am I coming back to this on a gloriously sunny Friday afternoon back ‘home’ in Surrey? The only semi-reasonable answer I can think of is that a proper - as per subject title - anorak question requires the suitably correct ‘pendantic anorak answer’ to bring this to closure(?)! Therefore, ref Don’s pictures above (very and conclusively clear in his middle photo) and all the other photo evidence that original grill DOES curve - albeit marginally - inwards, both vertically and horizontally, towards the middle...eg lay an original (unmolested) grill face upwards on a flat surface and both ends, towards the side-light fittings will be noted to be curled upwards.. Or, equally as per below photo, if you do not have the time or inclination to detach the grill from the car a spirit-level (so long as you are not at sea on a boat etc) is also conclusive.
  10. Fantastic Roger, - Ive been lucky / privileged to have travelled just about the whole world but, imo, nothing beats some parts of Scotland.. on a good day and specially in a TR Buy you a beer Sunday and you can perhaps tell me more about it all? Cheers, Tony
  11. No, the original grills were curved - I’m sure of that.. Originals were rare as hens teeth even by the late 1970’s, (if you didn’t crash them then the starting handle used to do the damage) ‘flat’ reproductions were obvious to see at the time.
  12. Got it... Thanks Bob and Alan.... An hour of WD and the 60 year old spring like new!
  13. On the premise “a picture is worth a thousand words”... Anyone know how I might best get the button separated so as to get the switch back into the dash from behind? Is (carefully?!) drilling the steel pin out after all these years the only option? - You can see I have already taken small chunks out of the baker-light... I got it out by dismantling the switch but putting that back together in situ is definitely least preferred option! On a final note, replacement (I have found) are total garbage; are ‘originals’ available? Thanks all in anticipation, Tony
  14. Welcome Mac - You will get it sorted now on here.... Further the post above from Bill, I was going to throw ‘hoses’ into the mix this morning.. Definately worth x-checking and ruling out, they can still look good from the outside but cause all sorts of grief if even one is collapsed inside.. I learnt that the hard way! Final note to Bill, not to hijack thread, don’t suppose that was you in the 3 around noon Sunday around Woodmansterne? - Only caught a glimpse but looked like really well sorted original..
  15. Agree John! ... Don’t ever underestimate our ‘Kiwi cousins’, they are tenacious resilient and great ‘can do’ mechanical engineers..... I used to rally against Alisdair Caldwell - he came over from NZ and got a job sweeping the floor (so he tells it) and became head mechanic at McLaren in the glory days.... Tough, tough competitor who could fix anything, from the mundane to the exotica, on the side of the road using only his initiative...
  16. W Out and about with Dutch brother and sister in-laws
  17. Only just catching up on all this... before I listened, my first thought was same timing chain but that’s a real ‘ticking noise’ that I never picked up ( engine bay all looks immaculate by the way!) from the clip
  18. Hello Cfgarrod, You say you ‘are not a copper’, on one of the other two of your total 3 posts, you say ‘I’m not a pendantic’. Therefore, naturally - being the trustful, helpful (and latterly moderated / censored) we have to believe you.. Appears however, judging from all your posts over the years, that you are a total wind up merchant?! - Good luck to you if a black and white number plate is really the biggest worry you see in this current world of ours... Tony out
  19. Sounded just the job when I read it this morning, in Oslo, Dave...... Now I’m back home in leafy tranquil Surrey, are you sure we will not have ‘Armageddon’ on our hands? (btw and albeit a very, very long time ago I used to live in Toxteth, Liverpool and sure it frowned upon by some even in those days?!)
  20. That sounds just the job Dave, - will wait until the wife is out but sort of job my boys wont mind helping with..
  21. Hello Barney and welcome, your post struck a chord with me, I’m just slightly down the curve with the forum and its been great - So much willing knowledge available here.. Agree with all the Guys, this appears ‘timing related’. However, worth just checking if plugs are wet, if fuel is getting through; just to rule it out.. Tony
  22. Thanks Mike, - should have said ‘Stone Paving’... Will look out for Jizer and I like the idea of just sprinkling cement powder... Cheers Tony
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