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Dave McDonald

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About Dave McDonald

  • Birthday 09/28/1947

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  1. Jogger321 (aka??) It's not uncommon for the studs to come out with the nuts on them. You did say earlier that the nuts all moved when you tried to tighten them, so if you can get the bottom 6 nuts and/or studs loose enough to twist the "slugs" that jointly hold both exhaust manifold and throttle bodies you can then remove the throttle bodies. This gives a clear sight to remove the studs/nuts to check that they are not shearing off. The Payen JA 510 gasket is a good serviceable item which doesn't normally give any problems. It's clearly marked which side to put to the manifold and which to the cylinder head so it's fool proof (no insult intended.) Dave McD
  2. Jon, See results on TSL link below. https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/193765/session/rc1fwt The front 2 runners had an amazing scrap with literally inches between them at times but all very clean, respectful and controlled. The winning Elan had more grunt on the straights but Nick Swift in the Mini Marcos was all over it into and through the corners. All good stuff. Dave McD
  3. Rich, Sorry to hear that you didn't have a particularly successful weekend. I am pleased with the TR4 interior door handle that I bought from you (pre ordered), good quality and reasonable price. I hope that the TR4A diff back plate that you purchased from me is OK. good luck in the future. Dave McD
  4. Thanks David & Andy, I rang this Company twice - landline no reply, mobile a couple of days later and he (yes John) rang me back on Bank Holiday Saturday. Doesn't recommend soda blasting anymore as it's Alkaline and can leave a deposit which itself can affect the paint adhesion. Uses fine silica sand at low pressure and just increases pressure locally to any corrosion areas to remove rust. Dips large flat panels, e.g. bonnet, wings, etc in Methylene Dichloride solvent which, he says (?), isn't as aggressive as usual acid dips and less problematic to future paint finishes. He'll etch prime as well. Any comments anyone? Dave McD Allan, I'd still be interested to know about the Company that you found in Leicester area? Dave McD
  5. I also had similar conversations at Stratford on Avon with similar conclusions. So - go on Allan, who are they? Let us in on the secret please. I've tried to contact Able Blast Clean as noted by David above (thanks David) but haven't had a reply back yet. Dave McD
  6. I'm going through the same thought process about my TR5 bodyshell/panel paint removal and am similarly put off dipping with the tales of trapped chemicals causing later problems. Blast cleaning seems to be the preferred method but can anyone recommend a reputable company who will treat the body, etc with suitable care in the area remotely near to Retford, North Nottinghamshire. Dave McD
  7. I'm afraid that Dave M won't be at Dijon. I did really fancy this event. However, the repair costs after the Spa engine damage have used up all the budget for another Continental excursion this year. Dave M
  8. Yes, that's Martin Adams last weekend at Cadwell Park. Dave McD
  9. A welcome return for those bits and pieces which don't readily fall into one particular model section. Dave McD
  10. Mike, I knew about one car "robbing" your TR5 bits. See you there, Saturday forecast weather questionable, Sunday a bit better at the moment. Dave
  11. The Classic Sports Car Club have a 2 day meeting at Anglesey Sat 20th/Sun 21st July. With a packed programme, we all get 2 races, a 30 minute one on Saturday on the International circuit layout and a 30 minute one on Sunday on the Coastal circuit layout with the Sunday grid decided by the Saturday race results. The Swinging 60s Group 2 races have four TRs in a 20 car field. 2 x TR6s and 2 x TR4s. I've got my TR6 engine repaired after a very disappointing and expensive breakage at Spa in June on the first lap in the first race of the weekend, so I will be out again at this meeting. A huge thank you to Jon Wood for getting the parts together and undertaking the work so quickly to get me back out again. Cheers Jon, very much appreciated. Anglesey may not be the most accessible circuit to get to for lots of people but it's a great circuit and well worth the effort of making the journey, so come along if you can. Dave McD
  12. Despite the problems and only doing 5 flying laps in qualifying and no race laps, my TR6 recorded the 6th fastest overall speed in our Classic event. That's qualifying and both races, with the speed trap somewhere near the end of the 1.1 km long Kemmel Straight I assume. 205.7 kph = 127.8 mph, so the car was well in contention in my class. Fastest speed for the event was a Chevrolet Camaro at 218.6 kph = 135.8 mph. Dave McD
  13. My problem caused by harmonic crank damper failing, probably due to very high temperatures at high revs when the internal rubber O rings disintegrate, passing vibrations via timing chain into camshaft. It also broke the 2 teeth off the bottom of the distributor drive dog. It may have already started to fail in qualifying as I threw a fan belt in qualifying. I'll go with a higher ratio diff next time. Trying to get it ready for Anglesey. Dave
  14. Glad you had a reasonably successful weekend Christian. In the CSCC Classic race, after a promising qualifying session, 11th out of 58 on a 3- 02, I broke the camshaft sprocket in Eau Rouge on the first lap of race 1. Weekend over. None of the 4 TRs which started finished the weekend. Very high rate of attrition. Dave McD
  15. I thought I was an anorak saving all the old Motor Sport magazines from when I first bough one in September 1967, but old Exchange & Marts must be a really specialist niche market. As you say, if only you'd bought one of those other Supercars of their time. Dave
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