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  • Birthday 07/16/1939

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    Thame, Oxon
  • Cars Owned:
    TR2s 1963-1969. Works' TR4 Rally car since Oct 1969.

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  1. Charlie - the revolving mechanism which you describe is akin to the Economiser units fitted in Power Stations burning coal and gas. However, the Economisers are huge (one could stand up inside them) and consist of sheet steel rotated slowly through the exhaust gas path on one side and the air inlet on the other. Very crude and tend to be rather noisy as the vanes need to be a close fit and often touch the casing as they rotate. Ian Cornish
  2. Under "Compliance, Safety & Security", the document states: We are seeking powers to enable the Secretary of State for Transport to set out in secondary legislation a new automotive recall regime. This will mean we can require a manufacturer or supplier to recall and/or remove from sale, vehicles and other automotive products. This will apply when the vehicle or product is found not to comply with type approval, safety or security standards. As far as I am aware, the manufacturer of our TRs no longer exists, and hasn't done so for several decades. And were TRs ever
  3. Having received mine from Marco in 2018, I published a recommendation in TR Action 304 (March 2018). A simple and effective device - wouldn't be without it now. Ian Cornish
  4. I cannot understand why the Extinction Rebellion people have not sailed to China and, on arrival, then glued themselves to the roads &/or railways being used to transport coal to the Power Stations - these make the UK's consumption of fossil fuels pale into insignificance. And I understand that the Chinese are building yet more coal-fired Power Stations - does anyone believe that China will change direction? And no one seems to talk about birth control, the lack of which is a not insignificant contributor to ever-increasing consumption. Ian Cornish
  5. For information: Revington offers solid copper gaskets in a various thicknesses from 0.5 to 2.5 mm. I have been running with solid copper gasket (two, actually, in order to get the compression which best suits me) on 88mm liners for 28 years. Ian Cornish
  6. Thanks, Conrad - I was the one asking the question of John, only to find that he didn't know either! With your help, I have managed to access my advert by logging into the club's main site and I have stuck NOW SOLD onto my advert for the Kenlowe Fan Kit. Ian Cornish
  7. +1, or can I say +10. That was seriously quick! Ian Cornish
  8. In 1978, I bought a second-hand Hayter 18" rotary, walk- behind, with rear roller, which had a 4-stroke Briggs & Stratton. It cost me £100, which Maddy said was expensive, but I changed the oil every year and cleaned the air filter, and it kept running well until 2009, when repeated carburation problems convinced me to change. It used to take me about three and a half hours to cut the lawn, so the machine got plenty of exercise. I am not someone who changes cars or other machinery until necessary, so 31 years for £100 is not expensive! In 2009, I bought, brand new, a SARP 19", which
  9. I don't think that Radflush would be able to shift the accumulated solid muck by the bottom of number 4 liner. I agree with Mick that the drain cock should be removed and either made to work or replaced. Back in 1966, we removed the drain cock from my brother's TR3 and found that not only was there an incredible amount of solid muck inside the block, but the drain cock itself was in the OPEN position, but not leaking because of the muck both inside it and the wall of muck inside the block. Just make sure that any replacement cock has the correct thread, seals to the block and doesn'
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    When 4 of us went on holiday in 1964 to France and Northern Spain in David's Ford Zephyr Zodiac, we ate and stayed almost exclusively at the places listed in the Relais Routiers guide book, which I had bought for the trip. These places always had trucks outside (a good sign) and provided excellent food and basic, but good, accommodation - and the cost was very reasonable. One thing we learnt: travelling in hot weather for mile after mile at a near constant 55-60 mph (something that was impossible in the UK back then), caused the car's remould tyres to cook and disintegrate! We had t
  11. The best solution is to install a separate header tank. Thereafter, the radiator will always be completely full of coolant and you will avoid loss of coolant. See my article in Section B18 of the Technicalities CD, Ian Cornish
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    At Kop Hill (25-26 September), Wayne said he felt sorry for the printers as, once they passed the magazines to the distributors, it was pot luck when these arrived through our letter boxes. I feel sorry for Wayne, as he gets complaints every time! Don't forget that there's a shortage of HGV drivers everywhere, and this affects distribution of post as well as fuel, groceries and bog rolls. Our dustmen used to have a driver plus 2 fellows to move the bins - now there's just driver plus one, and the collection of garden waste was suspended for a couple of months to remove pressure
  13. Jeremy, if you have put a double-skinned dimpled alloy heat shield around your dynamotor, it's going to be very obvious and clear that it's not a dynamo, so you might as well fit an alternator and, as Stuart (an exceedingly wise and experienced fellow) states, avoid problems. In addition, you will gain the benefit of a greater electrical output at low engine revs, which is a great help in inclement weather when everything electrical is switched on. Ian Cornish
  14. It looks as if that switch requires a push to the right in order to operate, whereas it is easier, when holding the steering wheel, to push to the left with one's right hand. However, if it's one of those clever switches which can be pushed in any direction (such as I have for both lamp flasher and for logic overdrive), then forget I said this. Ian Cornish
  15. Although it may seem useful to be able to adjust the thermostat's setting with a knob, such as shown in Peter's photo, I found that the original Kenlowe arrangement was fine when first fitted, but after the top hose had been removed and re-fitted a number of times, coolant started to weep from the joint. For this reason, I prefer the screw-in type of thermostatic switch, mounted in a threaded boss in the return pipe from the bottom of the radiator to the pump. There is one disadvantage: one may need to try a couple of switches in order to achieve the required setting, but thereafter
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