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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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  2. When going down the gears, good idea to heel-and-toe in order to speed up the input shaft, thereby reducing the load on the synchromesh. Alternatively, engage the lower gear more slowly - don't ram it through! The TR4, with original style clutch, has adjustment at the push rod on the slave cylinder. And, in fact, many of us using diaphragm clutches, retain the adjuster and its return spring. Ian Cornish
  3. 45-55 lbf.ft according to TR2/3 WSM. Ian Cornish
  4. What a useful company, and what a delightful leaflet. Ian Cornish
  5. Most modern oils are supplied in a plastic container which has a pull-out tube built into the top. I find that. with left rear wheel removed, this tube can be inserted into the filler hole, and then the container squeezed by hand. You do need to place some old newspapers on the floor to catch the inevitable spillage. In fact, because old British cars mark their territory, I have sheets of cardboard laid on the garage floor beneath the car, then newspapers lying on top of the cardboard. The papers get discarded occasionally, but the cardboard lasts a long time as the oil seldo
  6. Remove the pad from the piston which is stuck and replace the pad with something solid and somewhat slimmer (metal or timber, for example). Press very hard on the brake pedal and the piston should move forward. Remove the solid material and lever the piston back into the calliper - try to lever across the face of the piston so as not to tilt it. This is not easy! You may need to repeat this action a few times in order to free the piston such that it will slide fully home into the calliper. As Rich advises, keep an eye on fluid level in the master cylinder as the piston is
  7. Yesterday, Margaret Gleed attended the Standard Triumph Picnic at the Walton Hall Hotel, seated in wheelchair being attended by daughter and grandson from Coventry, later joined by other daughter and son-in-law from Ross on Wye. Margaret's arthritis is very bad and she has carers attending twice a day as she is unable even to cook for herself. However, she was as cheerful as ever and looked very well indeed. She is trying to get rid of considerable quantities of parts and also a very decent-looking, soft-top TR7, which was there on the lawn (it has a tonneau). Phil Horsley had a l
  8. At this time of year, and with daytime temperatures somewhat above the normal for May, the engine will not be very cold when started and will get to running temperature quite rapidly. I agree with the others that your car seems to be working as one would wish. Ian Cornish
  9. To avoid the grease hardening off, one should grease frequently. I have always (for 60 years now) used Castrol LM everywhere on my TRs. Ian Cornish
  10. Since the pump just spins on its axis, loading is constant and the grease cannot escape easily, so its life should be long. In fact, one could argue that over-enthusiastic greasing of water pump and of rear hub bearings can create problems by provoking leakage. It's suspension parts where I don't believe in sealed for life - these need regular greasing in order to expel dirt and keep the parts lubricated. Ian Cornish
  11. The Ferguson tractor had its engine limited to about 2000 rpm. If you tootle around in your TR using a maximum of about 3500, a tractor crankshaft would likely survive a very long time. However, if you use the TR's performance as intended, then you really need a cross-drilled crank because, as was demonstrated when testing the modified Vanguard engine, you are asking for trouble. Read my 2-part article in TR Actions 241 & 242 (March & May 2010) for details. Roger and Ian Brown were the Spares Development Fund (SDF) guys who undertook this project. The work involved the tes
  12. I wouldn't be happy to go beneath with the car elevated on those ramps, which seem to have a downward slope, which would allow the car to roll forwards and away if the handbrake became released. Ian Cornish
  13. Good delivery of torque through the rev range, which is just what is required, and what I like to see in a modified engine. Car handles well - very impressive. Glad to see the year on year improvement - some of which might (just might!) be something to do with the pilot! Ian Cornish
  14. I can hear the 12V buzzer which sits adjacent to the trafficator unit underneath the dashboard (to remind me that I'm still winking!), so I don't believe that I would have a problem hearing a similar buzzer for oil pressure warning. Ian Cornish
  15. The alternative to a warning lamp is an electronic 12V buzzer - which does not require an extra hole to be made in the dashboard. Ian Cornish
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