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JeffR

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    Camberley
  • Cars Owned:
    TR3
    TR4
    E-Type S24.2FHC
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  1. JeffR

    Brake/Clutch Fluid?

    I'm not sure what the other benefit Is? Maybe we should have a rule - never drive in front of a car using SBF?! Cheers, JEFF
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    Brake/Clutch Fluid?

    +1
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    Brake/Clutch Fluid?

    Thanks Monty. Forgot to mention in the jobs listed on my TR4 due to DOT 4 brake fluid, that whilst doing one of the rebuilds to the clutch slave cylinder a spot of fluid accidentally escaped from the unit (not that I noticed at the time) and landed neatly in the centre of my freshly painted bonnet. I had only just the week before collected the car from the spray shop after a full body respray. You can imagine my feelings at the time (think of Basil Fawlty whipping his Austin 1100 with a sapling). The whole bonnet had to be resprayed at a cost of several hundred pounds. DOT 4 - I love it! Cheers, JEFF
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    Brake/Clutch Fluid?

    I've used SBF for the past 23 years in my 1955 TR3 (Lockheed braking system) and have experiences no problems whatsoever, not even so much as leaking wheel or master cylinder. During that time there's been some pretty quick driving and on occasions some pretty quick stopping! In my opinion a lot of what's said against SBF is in the realms of myth and fantasy. In all that time I've never heard a convincing argument or seen a convincing demonstration against the stuff. In comparison, over the same period my 1964 TR4, which uses DOT 4,has had its clutch and brake master cylinders rebuilt twice due to leaking rubbers and I've also changed two seized calipers and the rubbers in the rear cylinders. If that wasn't enough I've also had to respray the engine bay in the area of the master cylinders and on the inside drivers side of the car the front.bulkhead and floor due to brake fluid leaking from the master cylinders and down past the pedal box. I have to say that both cars demonstrate similar stopping power - but I sure know which takes less maintenance! Cheers, JeffR
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    TR4 Hood tensioner

    Roger, I agree with Andy. On my TR4 the levers turn anticlockwise with the lips folding flat against the frame. I think the lips were designed that way so they would lie flush and not present a potential safety hazard.The frame assembly moves backwards and stows tidily against the backboard. A while ago I also read somewhere that the hood can be stored in the hollow between the foams of the rear backrest - thereby providing some cushioning for a back seat passenger. Cheers, Jeff
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    front suspension creaking

    Hello all, I had a similar 'creaking' problem on my 4 a few months ago. As previously mentioned by others, the noise is due to the nylon lower wishbone inner bearings being dried out. Being a simple chap I tried spraying them with WD40 - problem solved for a few days until the next rainstorm washed it out. So next time a used a few drops of engine oil either side of the bearing - so far, after a few months silence reigns! Hope this solution will help others. Cheers, JeffR
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    Lead replacement fuel additive

    Meant tio say £9 - £10 per bottle, before anyone comments!
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    Lead replacement fuel additive

    Hi Guys, Not sure if the following anecdote is relevant to the current discussion but a couple of weeks ago I attended an after hours behind the scenes visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum - very interesting if you've never been before. While talking to one of the mechanics in their restortation workshop he pulled out a bottle of Lucas Fuel Stabiliser and Conditioner, otherwise referred to by him as an Ethanol Buster. Apparently they use it in all their petrol driven vehicles as a fuel additive. He advised that it should be used in all classic vehicles that use traditional carburretors as it apparently protects their metal parts and stabilises the ethanol fuel. He also said they only ever use super grade fuel for the same reasons. I'd never heard of this product before - but searching ebay it sells for around £9 -310 a 500ml bottle. Has anyone heard of this stuff and is it any use for protecting our TRs? Cheers, JeffR
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    Late TR4-6 Top Ball Joints

    Hi Roger, Thank you for raising this issue which I raised with you a few weeks ago - but your answer is misleading. Moss sell a top ball joint which they claim to be OEM but isn't, despite their insistence to the contrary. I know because I bought one as a replacement for an original one on my TR4 a few weeks ago. The joint supplied by Moss has a slightly wider diameter pin (a few thou) which doesn't fit comfortably in the taper in the vertical link and is too wide for the original washer to fit. The nut is also larger than standard, the original (excuse my non AF language) is approximately 19mm across the flats whereas the Moss version is 22mm. The cheaper version that Roger refers to, also sold by Moss, has similar dimensional issues and lacks a grease nipple. I tried the TR Shop to see what they had on offer and again the dimensions of their offering are wrong, as above. The only other supplier I've tried is Revington's, who supply a similar non OEM product at a similar price. They also offer a CNC machined ball joint joint made of superior material which is made specially for them. It has full articulation and the dimensions of the pin are as original. The nyloc nut on the end is approx 19mm across the flats, also as original. From memory the price of this joint is around £54 compared to approx. £13 for the Moss version. I've reluctantly just changed the 'new' Moss version for this. The bad news is that last weekend, at IWE, I came across a brand new NOS Quinton Hazel OEM version which had the correct dimensions and at a price of £5! You pays yer money !!!!!? Cheers, JeffR
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    works cars - wiper motors

    Alan, A very interesting question and something I've been wondering for years. I own a very early (1955) TR3 which I purchased as a barn find back in the early 90's. When I dismantled the car to begin the restoration I discovered it was fitted with the this wiper motor, a rotary switch and rack which according to the model number was usually fitted to an XK140. My car has a history as a successful rally car (4th in class and Coupe des Alpes1956 Alpine Rally, among others). I've always wondered whether this wiper motor was fitted during its rally days or later by a PO. The car also had other rally equipment and ancillaries that I know were used whilst rallying. I still have this wiper motor and associated kit which I've restored to working order but not put back on the car due to it perhaps being 'non original' to the period. If anyone can throw any light on this I'd be interested. Cheers, JEFF
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    Brake/Clutch cylinder pipes

    Hi Qim, Does your mechanic have a pipe bending tool. In your photos the pipes sem to have been bent by hand - which no matter how hard your mechanic tries wil give an amateurish appearance. Pipe bending tools are available from brake parts suppliers at very little cost and make a huge difference to the appearance of the final job. Cheers, JEFF
  12. JeffR

    Throttle linkage

    Peter, PM sent. JeffR
  13. JeffR

    Urgently Needed

    Hello All, I would like to thank Devon Group for their fantastic response yesterday afternoon, with their offer of a complete TR4 back axle. This could have potentially saved the day. On reflection, the crew decided it was probably a bridge too far given their situation at the time and decided to abandon the rally. Nevertheless, what a great response - to be offered the vital part within 3 hours of the call going out! Thank you also, Peter from Pinner, for your kind offer of a half shaft. My faith in the fantastic support provided by fellow TR members is confirmed yet again. With best regards, JeffR
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    URGENTLY NEEDED!

    Hello All, I would like to thank Devon Group for their fantastic response yesterday afternoon, with their offer of a complete TR4 back axle. This could have potentially saved the day. On reflection, the crew decided it was probably a bridge too far given their situation at the time and decided to abandon the rally. Nevertheless, what a great response - to be offered the vital part within 3 hours of the call going out! Thank you also, Peter, for your kind offer. My faith in the fantastic support provided by fellow TR members is confirmed yet again. With best regards, JeffR
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    Urgently Needed

    Hello All, There is an urgent requirement for a TR4 half shaft for a rally TR4 currently competing in the Devon rally this weekend. If anyone in the Exeter area has one spare and could deliver it to the Hampton Hilton Hotel, Exeter Airrport in time for the half way halt this evening that would be greatly appreciated. In the first instance please contact Jeff Roberts at 07582 303213 or jroberts@post.com for details. With best regards, JeffR
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