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james christie

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  1. T’is not a bad idea to weld a suitable nut on to a scissor jack so that you can use a wheel brace or other item (even a ratchet if you’re carrying one) - the increased leverage is such that the car is much easier to raise than with the item usually supplied. james
  2. Well folks, we live in the corridor where Alex hit the west of France in the early hours of Friday morning. Although the worst of the gale only lasted 1 1/2 hours the havoc wreaked was considerable. For those interested in such things, the barometer dropped from 1000 to 970 mb in 3 hours and locally there were gusts recorded of 186 kph or 90 knots if you are if a nautical mind. A particular feature, apart from uprooted pines and cedars, was huge branches of oak and ash trees being snapped off high up in the canopy - as they are still in leaf. Fortunately most of the damage is ma
  3. My TS613** , out of the factory in November 1959, has the new floor, raised hinges at the back and flat at the front. Personally I would have thought this was due to repairs after an early life shunt, but those who are supposed to know more than I about these things have told me that it is quite likely to be original. james
  4. Won't advise on your electric question as most on here are more competent than I. Your question on mirrors is subjective and only thee can decide what tha' likes. For oils I've been using various SAE 90 in overdrive gearbox and diff for 49 years james
  5. Shouldn't be too difficult. The drive flange usually doesn't need a puller to remove it. The removing of the seal can be a challenge unless you use a ´parrot's beak' lever arrangement to avoid damaging the flange on the box. Biggest hassle is putting the gearbox cover back. james
  6. Berkeley T60, now there’s a memory. I recall an excentric turning up in a Berkeley in Mariscal College in Aberdeen around 1969 making the most superb noise which gained my admiration and like all British motorcycle engines of the time left a huge pool of oil on the cassies (cobbles) But you Mick were braver than I as I never did buy one and I succombed to a certain BRG TR2... james
  7. For my 3A I made a variant on the slim wooden box - a very large pillow case made from a fairly robust synthetic tissue that I sowed together(well she did). Have done more or less the same thing for the sidescreens. It isn’t totally idiot proof but the arrangement works well james
  8. +1 delivered here in deepest France, this morning. james
  9. Well I am sorry you folks have got problems with this update because it is excellent and even more ‘readable’ for me even on my Ipad Well done that man (Wayne?) james
  10. Just spent this afternoon touring round some car accessory shops here and I have discovered to my surprise that sparking plugs of any kind are getting very hard to find, at least in my neck of the woods. Some stock a few Bosch but not of the right kind. Managed to buy the last 4 Bosch WR7BC+ (made in India) in a motor factor’s stock. But then we don’t have Halfords here...... james
  11. Count yourself a lucky man then!! james ps I don’t believe you!
  12. Hi Ian It can be done certainly partially but may be not totally! I did this two years ago, encouraged by RogerH. The operation requires some method, so start at one end and work towards the other....If necessary consider the use of a speedi sleeve if the output pinion shaft is worn. Tidy up the housings where oil seals fit - the most minor of burrs will create a leak. Don’t forget to change the seals on the selector shafts, a fiddle, with varying results but probably worth it. The one seal that is very difficult to close totally is the adaptor plate twixt box and overdrive, appar
  13. As we are moaning about reliabilty - may I join in with my own rant. For my 70 years on this earth after 27 years of sensible BMWs, I gave myself a 4 year old MB SLK200 with only 11 000km bought from a Mercedes Dealer. Fortunately I negociated a 3 year warranty and maintenance programme. So far, the EcU blew up on a mountain road in Slovenia at a cost of some 1500€, took four hours to rescue us and four days to repair, then last week the dashboard lit up like a Christmas tree, no Abs, no cruise control and a few other things including the stop/start ( the only bonus). A failed wheel sens
  14. Be careful what you sell, Waldi, there may be legal liabilities. I believe wood rimmed steering wheels are now illegal in most countries - awful damage to guts by wood splinters in the case of an accident. I have a Bastuk steering wheel which, though composite, is a very good wood imitation - it fooled the man who sold it to me who thought it was wood - Neil Revington!! james
  15. My education learned me that oxygen gets thinner as you go up, where does a plane get its fresh supplies at 5000m and more james
  16. I’m avoiding planes at the moment, with their closed ventilation system ( can anyone tell me I’m wrong?) I consider them excellent virus incubators/transmitters james
  17. Maybe the guy who thought up the scheme was still thinking as of forty years ago and persuaded that planes carry a better class of customer than the buses. Everybody knows that the better classes don’t get Covid james
  18. Even better, try and find somebody local who knows how to rebuild a rad. ! Unfortunately they are a dying breed. We are lucky enough where I live that we have avery good one , who has even taken on an apprentice. It might be worth considering doing away with the hole for the starting handle, a useful gain in cooling capacity for us folks with 3As, but maybe not so necessary for a TR2 james
  19. This stuff is quite good for softening modern rubber seals and thus maintaining things water tight. I use it on my SLK. But the sellers like it a lot and don.t give it away! Link to the French Amazon site Nextzett 91480615 Bâton de soin en caoutchouc Blanc 100 ml https://www.amazon.fr/dp/B004B8GTQG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_xeeoFb09Q4NSY james
  20. I have a Moss mild steel downpipe under my work bench which didn’t fit when I bought it well over twenty years ago. I’m astonished they still have the same problem - but then maybe I’m not... james
  21. « Just a few pics of the working car. Picking up some materials dor my spray booth today » Your photo reminds me of Paul Good, known to many of us in the seventies and co-founder of the Chiltern Group. Paul was a chippy and thought nothing of hauling tools and timber in his Dove on a daily basis. Unfortunately he left us for ever many, many years ago. james
  22. It’s a good idea to drill and wire up those bolts on the alternator brackets as, since you have found out, they go through the block and losing one on the road could be ´eventful’ james
  23. Revington offer a good sturdy stainless steel one, not the cheapest, which needs a bit of patience until it soots up and makes the right noise - for me. I’ve had mine for at least 15 years and am satisfied. I should add that it is fitted to an ‘extractor’ manifold. james
  24. If that is so then, bravo! Me I'm a total frontal man. Always other things to do when you're in there james
  25. This is all a bit theoretical - can somebody really stand up and tell us that he has done it, and how! Sorry but my middle name is Thomas, always looking for the truth!! james
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