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About AndrewMAshton

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    Harrogate, N Yorks.
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    Fixing things that are not broken and running well

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  1. Hello Stuart, I hope you don't mind me contacting you direct, in a thread in 2016 on re-furbishing door hinges you mention Chris, who does your hinges, uses roll pins, do you know what size he uses?, my hinges are off a 4a and the pin is 5/16", should that be the roll pin size I use, thanks, Andrew

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    Tools, how can they do it for the money?

    And a three year guarantee, if you can find your receipt!!
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    Lathe Work - Hertfordshire Area

    Richy, you may already know this but vital the trigger wheel is centred, the clearance between trigger wheel and sensor is about 5 thou, if you struggle I had mine done locally in Harrogate by a one man machine shop, the bloke in there wears a brown coat, always a good sign!, cheers, Andrew
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    Light switch melt

    Hello, couple of things, firstly, why not use 0.5mm thin wall cable instead of the 1mm, lighter and cheaper and the 0.5mm carries 11amp as opposed to the original 1mm carrying 8.75 amps, also the 1mm thin wall will carry as much as the 2mm standard cable. I understand the reason is that the modern cable has much more efficient insulation. Secondly, I think you were very lucky and your experience has forced me to fit an isolator on the earth side, I understand they were fitted to MGAs, a simple switch easily accessible from the driving position, it could save the car, cheers, Andrew PS, I think you need to remove and check the loom, it could well be that you have damaged insulation somewhere.
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    Crunchy gearbox

    Or, even better, as a belated Christmas present to self, buy and fit the fully hydraulic co-axial clutch supplied by the suppliers of the racing upgrades, much lighter clutch and gets rid of all the faults of the original, cheers, Andrew
  6. I also connect to the battery terminals first and then switch the charger on, cheers, Andrew
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    Front suspension spring tool

    Dave, I have a home made one, threaded bar with substantial plate welded and bolted to the bottom and a deep nut on the top with a ratcheting wrench that makes it a quick process of removing and replacing springs, you can use it for the cost of postage, just used it to strip down and rebuild my front suspension, cheers, Andrew
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    Tr4a handbrake lever extensions

    These extensions increased my brake efficiency from 16% (15% is an MOT fail) to 25%, well worth fitting, cheers, Andrew
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    Which Camshaft

    Hello, this comes up frequently and has been vexing me of late, which one shall I fit?, how does duration, timing, lift etc affect performance, found what I was looking for here, https://www.hotrod.com/articles/ccrp-9812-secrets-of-camshaft-power/ Good old Google!!, cheers, Andrew
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    Rear Trailing Arm Mounting

    Kevin, check that the brackets have a plate between the chassis and nut at the back, I posted pics on here a few years ago where the nuts pulled through a fairly new chassis, I am not an engineer but the chassis was sound and it must have taken some force to cause the damage, I believe CTM and Revington sell the brackets, it was an expensive fix!! Cheers, Andrew
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    Seals on Front Suspension

    Hello Stuart/Roger, it looks like the 2/3/4 use seals on the wishbone assembly' but not the 4a and 5, also reading the instructions in another bag when using superpro bushes on the trunnion link pin you discard the seals, cheers, Andrew
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    Seals on Front Suspension

    Hello, replacing all the bushes on the front suspension on my 4A, I bought the stuff a couple of years ago and only getting round to it now, there is a bag of 8 seals, Superpro part number SPF2496-8K, I can see where two go, between the vertical link and the trunnion, I can find find no sign where the other 6 (I assume a total of 4 per side) are required, am I missing something?, as always, thanks, Andrew
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    I hate repro parts

    Rod, like you I had a problem with a weeping joint, in my case it was the top radiator hose on my 4A, tried Mikalor at great expense and in the end I used two thin jubilee clips on each joint, touch wood, no problems in 4 years, I use the red 4Life coolant which I bought from the MG owners club, chhers, Andrew
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    TR4a Front Road Spring Length

    Hello Kevin, I have a brand new set that I bought from Racetorations, for the front and rear of the car, rear fitted, front uprated and lowered, 81/2" in length, looks like I will have to watch the speed bumps, cheers, Andrew PS Just checked the receipt, unfortunately no part number but I bought the springs and telescopic shockers at the same time, I also got them to rebuild my lever arms for the rear so all parts are matched.
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    Seat Belts

    Hello, is there a better arrangement than the Securon retractable, I don't like the fixed as you can't lean forward to 'peep' at a junction, the retractables I find very uncomfortable as they lay over my shoulder and across the neck, I am average height so that's not the problem. I have the main body of the seat belt on the wheel arch so the run is up to my shoulder and across to the middle of the car. I have a ROB fitted so could, if thought worthwhile, fit the retractable part at shoulder height with an appropriate bracket, any thoughts, as always, thanks for your help, Andrew

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