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  1. Just a thought; does heat from the exhaust running under the boot/fuel tank area contribute to this problem, especially if using a stainless exhaust? Would some form of insulation under the tank and boot floor help? Although temperatures inside the car will be high if the car is parked in direct sunlight in this weather, given that the tank has an air gap between it and the car exterior a tank temperature of 35-40 degrees sounds excessive. Ref the cooling coil, although it does add warm fuel to the tank the volume of relatively cool fuel in the tank should in theory be able to absorb
  2. I can only think of two paths for fuel to get into the oil: 1) Leaking past the seals in dizzy/MU pedestal. It can leak past the two seals, though it should be evident at the tell tale hole. Is the hole clear? 2) Unburnt fuel in the upper cylinder getting past the rings. Maybe an injector dribbling fuel after stopping engine? It would be interesting to know if a degree if dilution is normal, I don’t suppose many people get their oil analysed. Mike.
  3. Public transport may be readily available in central London, but try getting to or from work in the outer London area early on a Sunday morning as I have to do and you will soon realise why people are attached to personal transport. Mike.
  4. Richard, You make some interesting points. Who knows how readily available or affordable petrol will be in 15-20 years time, or how much interest future generations will have in historic vehicles. I do wonder though how truly green or sustainable electric cars will prove to be in the long term. Maybe the future will be hydrogen or some other power source despite the current enthusiasm for anything electric. Some thoughts regarding an electric TR6 ; It's your car to do whatever you like with. I had a chat with the company selling electric conversions of classics at the London Cla
  5. This height requirement is for dipped beam headlights. I still can’t see any height requirement for main beam headlights, spot or driving lights being optional main beam lights (schedule 5 of the quoted legislation). Like Charlie, I’m not trying to be argumentative, but nobody has yet shown where any height requirement for these lights is written down. Mike.
  6. I can't find any height requirements in the lighting regulations or MOT test inspection requirements for 'optional main beam' lights (there are no references to 'spot' or 'driving' lights). They are required to be wired so as to switch off when headlights are dipped. Mike.
  7. Hi, I don't believe there is any minimum height for driving lights ( fog lights have a maximum allowable height). The regulations are in 'The Road Vehicles Lighting Regulations 1989' which you can find online, spot lights are classed as optional main beam lights, and are covered under the main beam headlamp section. How much use low mounted lights are is debatable, you tend to get a lot of shadow behind undulations in the road. Trial and error really. Mike.
  8. Further to Rob's suggestion, misbehaving injectors can sometimes be cleared by blowing through with air. A bike pump will do. mike.
  9. I’ve just checked my car (1969 TR6) on the TFL website and found the same thing. It clearly states vehicles in the historic vehicle tax class are exempt but when I check the registration it says payment required. Something for the club officials to take up with TFL before someone gets an unexpected fine?
  10. Assuming the car is a '69 with the wiper switch on the dash the supply taken off the voltage regulator supplies both normal and fast speeds. It is piggy backed off the voltage regulator supply terminal. If that line was open circuit neither would work. A failure of the voltage regulator shouldn't affect the wipers, and the fact that the temp and fuel gauges work proves its ok anyway. The supply direct from fuse to motor is for the park function. Not sure where that leaves you, it may be you have two faults. Mike.
  11. The external oil feed to the head is sold as an upgrade-and the only problem was it resulted in seized journals!? Hardly a ringing endorsement. Maybe some of the so called improvements on the market are solutions looking for a problem, at least on standard engines. Mike.
  12. Backfiring may indicate a lean mixture, fuel evaporation maybe? That might explain why its ok after cooling down.
  13. Very good info Rob. Although it is based on the MGA, I found this link gave some useful tips as well; https://mgaguru.com/mgtech/ignition/ignition.htm Mike.
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