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  • Birthday 02/23/1949

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    1959 TR3a

    1952 Fergusen TEA Tractor
    1933 Talbot 90
    Mitsubishi L200
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  1. Hi Ian, The screws that you refer to are just blocking up holes that had been used for vacuum gauge tappings. The balance pipe is fixed. Regards, Dick.
  2. I'm guessing SAH. Attached is what is on my car. When I bought it, 47 years ago, it also had an SAH head and tele shocks at the rear.
  3. They have been 'decked' by me, no markings prior to machining
  4. Thanks for the replies. The offset not only helps to reduce piston slap but even though its a small amount helps the piston 'roll' over TDC and BDC enabling higher revs with less stress on the conrod. If you draw out the geometry it is more understandable. There is a fair amout on the net that I found this afternoon. Another way of getting the same effect is to bore the little end offset and not offset the gudgeon pin. I attach a photo of the project.....6 cylinder, 3000cc, 105bhp as standard at 4500rpm. Most spares are 'make it yourself'!! The engine rebuild included....rebore to Triumph 2000 pistons, Kent cam with better profiles....Brabham Viva, Arrow conrods with Spitfire bigend shells....two side by side in each, remetal mains, balance everything, mild porting and raise compression ratio to 7.5:1. The expectation is around 115-120bhp and more torque. I dont know why County do not mark these pistons with a forward facing arrow, perhaps the off center oversize stamp is supposed to indicate to fit on the thrust side and maybe only split skirt pistons have arrows. I've tried to find County's web site but no luck yet. Onward ever onward. Regards, Dick.
  5. I've got a project on the go at the moment that involves an engine rebuild using County pistons. They are Triumph 2000 + 0.030". Now, measuring the pistons, there is a 0.020 offset on the gudgeon pin. There are no front arrow orientation marks on the piston crown. So which way round does the shortest side of the offset go? I think it is to the thrust side of the cylinder. The engine is conventional clockwise rotation.....looking from the starting handle end, so the thrust side would be on the left. So short side of the piston to the left?? Any advice gratefully received. Regards, Dick.
  6. Would be interesting to know which car. I have been chasing low oil pressure on a 1933 Talbot. Was main and cam shaft bearings. Dick.
  7. Get your local machine shop to bore out the corroded part to a cleaned up diameter and then make a good fitting annulus with whatever the original ID was. Assemble with the appropriate Loctite adhesive. JB weld might work but this definitely will.
  8. Also with an excessively shaved head, make sure that there is clearance between the underside of the head extention where the thermostat fits and the waterpump.
  9. The Triumph TR2 manual Part Number 502602 gives detailed instructions on how to fit a hard top. You must start with the windscreen in the right place and hope that this does not compromise your side screen fit. Good Luck, Dick.
  10. Dick

    FO8 seals

    Fergy tractor dpares suppliers have them in different thicknesses.....They fo not call them FO8s, they call them 'spectical glasses'. If you go down this route then you will need the ones from the larger 85mm Vanguard engine not the earlier 80mm as on this engine the spigot diameter is smaller.
  11. Could have been fitted to someting interesting, I wonder what.
  12. Some vintage ignition coils were fitted with key locks....just like this. It is probably made by Delco Remy. They were called 'Switch Extension Coils' Do you know what the resistance of the primary side is......it is likely to be 6volt. Some vintage cars did not use the chassis as an earth return which could be the reason for the multiplicity of wires. If you dont want it, I would advertise it, as it could be useful to someone. There is a picture of one in Motor Repair and Overhauling, Vol 4 page 408. Strange it should turn up on a TR5. I guess it was made in the 1920 / 30s.
  13. Perhaps there should be a section for posting vintage photos.
  14. I'm fairly sure that there are jet return springs with different rates of "pull". The weeker ones for multiple carbs. Had a look in my SU bits box and there are definitely two types.
  15. Hi Bob, Is your Hillman a third brush constant current dynamo? I am intending to fit an electronic regulator to my Rotax 12/24v dynastart. Regards, Dick
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