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John Mellor

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    Southend on Sea
  • Cars Owned:
    TR2 , MGB, TR6, Jensen Healey, Lambretta 175, Suzuki 550, Honda dream, Yamaha Fazer, TVR S3, 500 SL, 350Z and now TR4. Lots of Volvos and various old bangers over 60 years or so

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  1. Today one stretch was so bumpy that the accel pedal/right foot was bouncing whilst trying to trickle along - felt like a learner kangaroo on the clutch
  2. I suppose the scientific question would be what happens to the protective qualities of oil left in the sump for longer periods; I try, moderately, to be "green" and oil is certainly nasty stuff. Gone are the days I'd pour old oil into the street drain outside the house after changing oil in Dad's Cortina back in the 60's !!! However, I take the point about cost - pistoneeze 20/50 only about £30/5 litres from Halfords.
  3. You've all shamed me - oil and filter it is. I'm using Millers Pistonease
  4. Don't disagree Stuart, I bought a pack of 3 filters last year, just curious about others. Came across an old leaflet stating new oil every 3K and filter at 6K
  5. The appalling road surface here in South Essex is a major problem and I've not enjoyed the TR anything like as much. A tour of Spain a couple of years ago was magical with little traffic and wonderful roads. Am I the only one who is so pissed off I'm thinking of changing to a much more modern but interesting vehicle. Maybe I've just got too old
  6. Just getting round to the usual task and noted how few miles I've done this last year. To be frank I've always changed annually with a usual mileage being 1500-2000; this year I've only done 400 and last change was 15 months ago - think I'll still change oil but not the spin on filter. Not a big issue but but wondered what the general view is Regards all John Mellor
  7. I find 2nd to od 2nd unpleasant due to the vigorous thump, less so 3 to od3 and fearful of mechanical stresses tend to use od in 4 only. A quick dip of the clutch gives a beautifully smooth transition to 4 od. Tom Cox suggested not using the clutch would eventually smooth out the od process ( he rebuilt the gear box ) but so far no change although only done a small mileage since that rebuild . I read with dismay Ian's comment on clutch pin but surely a smooth change is kinder to the innards from gearbox to half shafts?? Regards all, John Mellor
  8. Not really an answer to your topic but always worry about too much grease for rear wheel "4" bearings. In a very low mileage car how much do you guys push in as opposed to looking for clean grease extruding in other situations. Once put too much in water pump and two years of "spray" onto bonnet underside.
  9. Hi all, conundrum here - in an old but almost perfect paint restoration ( formerly Neil Revingtons Police TR4 ) I have a 20 cm vertical /crack defect close to door hinge; I thought it was a fine crack in a skim of filler. Bodywork guy in a very high end Bentley restoration shop near me thought it was more likely due to a door strap malfunction some time in the past. His advice on wisdom of repair was negative due to difficulty in matching almost 20 year old white paint. "If you can live with it leave it" and I must confess it isn't very obvious but stares me in the face when cleaning old Dixo
  10. Hi all, conundrum here - in an old but almost perfect paint restoration ( formerly Neil Revingtons Police TR4 ) I have a 20 cm vertical /crack defect close to door hinge; I thought it was a fine crack in a skim of filler. Bodywork guy in a very high end Bentley restoration shop near me thought it was more likely due to a door strap malfunction some time in the past. His advice on wisdom of repair was negative due to difficulty in matching almost 20 year old white paint. "If you can live with it leave it" and I must confess it isn't very obvious but stares me in the face when cleaning old Dixo
  11. That looks impressive Richard, did you have failures before finally cracking it. What glue did you use? Adhesive and my limited talent don't blend well judging by my attempts with boot rubber
  12. Not the case James, got quoted 300+ euros for an old ( 1997 ) BMW 323i plus cost for altering lights to euro spec. Didn't bother to look into a much more valuable TR
  13. Hi all, I know this is an old topic, but last info I can find is 2008 posting. I would like to replace LH lower, mine has one vertical split. My question is what does the offering from Rimmer/Moss look like? I'm not keen on an obviously new part on a very original white dash.Have people gone down the recovering route ( diy or professional ) Many thanks John Mellor
  14. My tap won't turn and it doesn't leak, so its good news and bad news. However the tap is jammed in the block and I was afraid to use force lest I end up with a leak and a broken tap stuck in the thread. Chickened out and just flush coolant via rad plug. Anyone got thoughts on this Regards John M
  15. I might add that it's quite widespread over the glass. Did raise the issue a while back but the subsequent info didn't reassure me
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