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james christie

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  1. In the depths of a grey rainy January, we booked for the second week of March in sunny Portugal - usual formula, decent hotel, car rental and low cost flight. We cancelled the day our area was declared infected. As I’m a cheapster I had paid up front for the (expensive) room to get a good rate which of course was non-cancellable nor refundable. Under the threat of our arriving to infect their establishment the hotel played ball saying the reservation could be used until the end of the year, the car rental outfit (Europcar) reimbursed within 48 hours. Guess who said that the flights were non
  2. Thanks to Peter I just ordered one. I would have liked to order two but they limited me - sign of the times I suppose ! They don’t like furrin addresses either so had to use a UK address. james
  3. I tried the Healey people at the time of my request 2 years ago but they weren’t playing ball and wanted me to buy the solenoid as well. Maybe things have changed -I hope so james
  4. If you find somebody who will sell you the gaiter without the solenoid shout high and low on the forum - but let me know first James
  5. I always thought that Finland was the land of 1 000 lakes but I do agree there is a lot of water in Sweden - almost as much as here in Brittany james
  6. These things are notoriously unreliable. It’s not a vapour trap (at least on my 3A it wasn’t) It’s a vacuum unit with a membrane to retard things a bit if you floor the accelerator. If you set the bob weights up in the distributor appropriately you can do away with it - as I did some 20 years ago. james
  7. Looks good, but is there enough movement to enable you to turn the ‘box on its axis to allow the clutch lever to clear the floor? This is a job that I’ve always done ‘manually’ with a beefy helper. In latter years I’ve always had a bit of luck in recruiting someone younger to operate on the underside. The advancing years make me think that a crane is not only a good idea but essential! james
  8. Ah thanks. - not only do I lose my European citizenship on Friday midnight but I have already lost some of my English. I’m more or less at the same stage after a minor (copper) head gasket blow possibly caused by replacing an old 4lb rad cap by a new 7lb. The liners are all at the same protrusion 3-5 thou Trying hard to motivate myself to get on with it.... james
  9. Can you expand on this as I haven’t understood what you are suggesting ’confused’ from Brittany aka james
  10. A stout fence post some rope and some sturdy young lads with good shoulders will get the engine out without the expense of a crane. I did this for the first time in an Aberdeen back street surrounded by snowdrifts, some fifty years ago. james
  11. Drewmotty has good point. Fifty years ago, didn’t we all / most of us want to modify our cars to look something like this. I recall that £sd was the problem.... Now we have become purists and even the poor guy who nowadays paints his car in a non-original colour is shot down in flames from a great height! james
  12. French registrations I think, Andrew james
  13. Be like me and get somebody younger and stronger under the car to do the lifting while you twist it from inside. I did a major antileak operation a couple of years on my 3A as I got seriously miffed at the cynical remarks by my friendly local (French) 'MOT' inspector about English built cars always pithing oil everywhere. Once it's out and on the bench don't wipe it down until you have observed (and photographed?) where all the leaks are coming from. The obvious ones are the front and rear seals - then there are a myriad of others to check. All will have gone brittle over the y
  14. Probably better to wrap the exhaust - which is what I have done, more to protect the alternator, but the wrapping material don't come cheap!! james
  15. Many thanks, Roger. Now to find a 1" UNF tap in France....... james
  16. Thanks for this info. Yes it is the aluminium (coolant) plug in the centre of the cyl head I had an unsuccessful attempt at cleaning the thread with a wire brush. The plug won't screw fully home and as it is in aluminium I don't want force it. To save me from a mortal end in ignorance can you trained mechanics explain the difference between UNF and NF? james
  17. Can some kind soul give me the thread type for the 1" aluminium core plug for the 4 cylinder engines. Part N° PS 1603, I believe. I need to order a tap to tidy up the thread. UNC ? thanks james
  18. For a mirror arm, a visit to a Harley Davidson shop can be rewarding james
  19. Pink, what you need is one of these james
  20. Ah well , some 30 something years ago, just to be different from everybody else, I converted my rhd 3A to lhd. Lucky for me it had the lh blanking plate in place. TS 613** if you're interested james
  21. I find it unbelievable that a 'top' TR parts supplier can sell such an obviously wrong piece. Exhausts are almost classed as consummables, so how many have they supplied to the unsuspecting knowing that they are of very poor quality. This is one of the reasons that I don't frequent Moss james
  22. Throw a kettle of boiling water at it...! james
  23. Meine deutsch ist nicht so gut, but I think they have gone.. james
  24. Don't just check your engine mounts as Graham suggests, change them! It's a doddle with the front end off. james
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