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  1. I have a WW2 jacket Irvin jacket that I treat every 2 years with Pecards antique leather dressing. That stuff is really good.
  2. Does E10 affect PI or Webers or SU's any differently? Just wondering that if E5 does become more difficult (? or even impossible) to obtain, then which fuelling system would be most resilient or easily modified - or no difference between the 3 ? Mike.
  3. That's what I've done (not too bothered about fine detail originality). I did subsequently fit a separate 'choke' cable to the fast idle - mounted below the dash - for a tenner or so. I did that simply to enable more accurate setting & running at cold start. All seems good (famous last words ).
  4. Agreed. I too bought the lock some time ago. Was fitted initially to my 4a, then transferred to the 5. Excellent item on both models, simple & effective. Mike.
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    Richard - crumbs that sounds chunky. I'll add it into my thoughts - and maybe to my Santa list as well. Mike.
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    Wow, thanks so much for such a full response Alan, plenty to take on board. My interest re the battery stemmed from a pi (5) that starts on the button when hot and then runs like a dream...…...but a cold start takes many attempts with splutters before eventually firing up and then running nicely. I was used to this, but recently wasn't likely to need the car for a few weeks and so put the battery on a long term trickle charger. In fact I did use the car, and got the shock (no pun intended) of my life when having disconnected the charger the cold engine started first touch of the key. I repeated the overnight charging, and the morning starting, over several days with the same good outcome, and then deliberately didn't charge the battery overnight - next morning the poor cold starting returned. Hence my mind was focusing toward the battery issue already when I read this thread. Incidentally the battery is about 9 months old, 72ah and 610cca so I thought & hoped it ought to be man enough. Time for me to re-read your information, and have a think. Mike.
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    Interesting reading this thread. So does reduced battery power to the pump bring about or worsen cold start pi problems, and if so what sort of cranking power or battery spec would be best when sourcing a replacement battery for a 5 ? Cheers, Mike.
  8. Received mine this morning from Germany. Nice piece of kit - very impressed. Using PM the whole process from order to payment to delivery took just a few days. Excellent, thanks Marco.
  9. I've use a product called Hindsight for many years, bought online. Apply every couple of years and job done. Mike.
  10. All - Bob Scott has been looking after my 4a for many, many years. Suffice to say that over the last couple of years I've toured Scotland, Orkneys, Shetland as well as the South of France without the car missing a proverbial beat. Bob just seems to know TR's inside out, and I wholly endorse the good comments about him and his work. No connection other than as a very satisfied customer.
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    Wheel sizes

    Christine, Cleaning of the wires ....... someone on the forum recently suggested using 'Muc Off' (readily available from Halfords etc), so I tried it and it's super stuff !! Easy to use as a pump spray bottle ....follow the instructions.... just spray on, and then hose off, a quick wipeover = clean and shiny. It's also cheap and will do loads of cleans. Mike.
  12. Agree with Monty. I've been using the Revington shield on my 4a for many years. Easy to order, easy to install and it works ......... "job done".
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    TR4a JXD 876D

    Hi Stuart, Thanks for the reply .........as DVLA showed the date of liability as being in 2001, I thought it meant that the car had been due for RFL/SORN at that time - but hadn't been. Hence I decided it had probably "gone"........however I bow to your knowledge in these matters, and am now intrigued to re-discover it - or it's history ! Still surprised it changed from valencia blue to green though ............. but I guess a DVLA typo is easier to achieve than a total colour change respray etc !! Mike.
  14. Hi all, I was just reading through the August 2013 issue of TRaction, and on page 3 there's a picture taken at Malvern of the 'Beta' 917 HP ......... and parked up right behind it is my first 4a reg no JXD 876D. I've checked the DVLA site several times over the years to see if JXD is still around, but it looks like it's 'gone' in about 2000/01 time - when it was described as Green (instead of Valencia Blue + shadow blue interior when I owned it). Just wondered if anyone is aware if it is still lurking unknown to DVLA - or indeed any history post 1974 when I sold it ? Cheers, Mike.
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    I agree with the layers approach as being probably the best deterrent - I'm not sure there is a total guarantee. My Dad, now in his 90's, used to park up and walk off with the rotor arm in his pocket (just like Steve) ...............just one of many nuisance factors you can use. In the end though if someone wants it badly enough then regardless of immobilisers, alarms and trackers etc - they'll have it ! Mike.
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