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About ChrisR-4A

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  • Birthday 06/10/1946

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    Rochford Essex
  • Cars Owned:
    TR4A, Audi A3
    In the past, Alvis TD21, Jaguar MK2 3.4 Jaguar MK7 Turner 1200 Sports

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  1. Hi Westy, the multi strand cables do not like being put into compression and in this respect are not as good as the solid type. Yours has obviously seen better days as it's well unravelled at the end. If removed from the outer I doubt you could ever get it back but the outer could be too long and is kinking when pushing the knob in. Get someone to look under the dash when you push it to check if there are any tight bends causing it to move and stop the cable from pushing in. Chris
  2. Great to see committee focussing on the important things, can't comment on Stafford but return to Malvern is most welcome. If only they would leave alone things that dont need any more meddling like the Forum, latest changes were unnecessary and retrograde. Chris
  3. This is clearly a bad move as far as new forum members are concerned. For those of us who have been on here for some time we know all the regular posters and their approx reputation score. Generally this score is taken as an indication as to the reliability of opinions an technical advice given by that member. Some advice often from low ranked contributors can be of doubtfull technical verification and may just be a personal opinion which could cause problems for the uninitiated. New members seeking help will now not have a clue as to what they reading is good advice or not based on the reput
  4. I also have Konis which came with the original conversion kit some years and miles ago and are still fine. If purchasing replacement shocks be sure they not only have the same fixings but the same dimensions. If the suspension bottoms out on the shock instead of allowing the spring to compress and it to eventually hit the bump stop this could snap the swinging arm. Chris
  5. Does anyone know the weight of the Daimler V8 compared to a 4cyl TR engine? Turner also designed the Triumph Bonneville twin hemi, another classic. Chris
  6. One point to consider is, all modern vehicle cigarette lighter sockets are hard wired into the vehicles electrical system and can provide quite a few amps output which many 12v accessories like vacuum cleaners, electric Jack's and electric tyre inflators may need as they can easily take 4-8amps on startup. Therefore if fitting a lighter socket to a TR you need to decide what it will be, or could be used for and rate the wiring directly from the battery with an independent fuse if more than 3/4 amps are likely to be needed. If however only a couple of items running off a USB convert
  7. Hi Rich, there have been many posts on the forum regarding the PCV, the majority in favour of removal. Mine went in the bin over 15 years ago and the engine breathes well using a straight pipe off the rocker cover and a TR4 Snorkel in the Crankcase below the fuel pump. The main reason not to fit the PCV is it improves nothing but adds about half a dozen extra parts to the engine of which the failure of any one of these parts could lead to a breakdown. Reliability is king. Chris
  8. An expert will be along any minute and correct me if I'm wrong but I think it works like this, The advance weights open to give more advance at higher revs for economy and performance modulated by the two small springs and the vacuum unit retards the ignition at low revs when engine is under load, like on a hill to prevent pinking. If a fairly standard engine runs ok without the vacuum unit then it must be set retarded to avoid pinking Chris ,
  9. Bad seal on inlet manifold to cyl head causing air leak when cold which seals itself up as inlet manifold expands. I had exact same on 4A a few years ago, it was the gaskets, got new ones and had to retorque the nuts 3 time over 2 weeks until it finally sealed
  10. As log as you have the one you want as a guide it's not too difficult to either swap the A/R weights and springs over or modify the weights to suit. May involve a bit of welding to increase the size of the weight if less advance is needed, or grinding if more. Chris
  11. Interesting, but it doesn't take much air in a home central heating system to make a radiator run cold, it's like turning a tap off, so a similar airlock in a car could easily stop the flow. The very small about 1cm bore hand pump for the suspension on my bike easily pumps 180 psi and that pressure will take a 75 kg rider! Chris
  12. There are some very cheap and poor quality fuses around of the old glass type, a search on the forum should show where to get the good ones. They are 3 or 4 times dearer than the cheapest but have the correct rating. Chris
  13. Until you can get a split pin through the hole, by which position the spring should be just tight enough so it doesn't rattle, I think. Chris
  14. Nothing wrong with using the earth side for a basic cut off, however I used the positive side so I could run a separate wire from the switched side of the cutout to a CB radio and a cigarette lighter socket with an inline fuse. This allows items to be powered when ignition is off but cutout is still on, then when leaving car with the cutout key everything is off. Chris
  15. Hi Jase, I've used my 4A in temps from zero up to 36 deg in France and never needed any form of heat shielding for the Strombergs. I do still run a Dynamo but with mostly LED lighting have never found this a problem. Chris
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