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tim hunt

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  • Birthday 11/02/1945

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    Hertfordshire UK
  • Cars Owned:
    1966 TR4A, bought by my late father Sept. 1970
    2007 Volvo V70 D5. Practical, but NOT a driver's car!

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  1. I have a very strong rare earth magnet on the sump just above the drain plug. I don't know if it ever catches anything since after a run to warm the oil I of course remove the magnet before draining. I also have a magnetic drain plug and am pleased to say at each oil change I find very little swarf on it and then only tiny particles.
  2. Why place the magnets on the rear sump face Roger, is it to be closest to the pump filter? Tim
  3. Thanks Andy. Some time ago I monitored the temperature of the water in the top hose as the car warmed up at idle when stationary and noted that 'N' on the temperature gauge corresponded to 92 degs C, very close to the nominal rating of the thermostat. This was at a point where I should have been getting full flow through the thermostat and I found the agreement encouraging. I had previously tested the stat in a saucepan of water when SWMBO was out and found it to start opening at ~85degs and to be fully open at ~90. I was happy with that crude test. I think the voltage stabiliser is OK, I have
  4. Is it a good idea to drain some coolant before slackening the head nuts? It is very 'seaching' and is there not a chance some might enter the cylinders by capillary action? Tim
  5. I dispensed with my radiator duct/cowl 40 years ago when I fitted a Kenlowe in front of the radiator, simply because it would have required butchering to accommodate the fan motor mountings. I know the received wisdom is that the duct aids cooling by concentrating the ram air flow through the radiator. My issue is that for most of the year with a functioning 91 deg C thermostat I have trouble getting the engine hot enough so a duct would only make matters worse on my car. At the moment I am running with half the rad blanked off and the temperature gauge doesn't reach half way in normal running
  6. Does anyone know of a competent company that could install security cameras to monitor the car park of a block of flats in Luton, Beds? Ideally they should be located in the Beds/Herts area. many thanks. Tim
  7. Yes, hindsight is wonderful. Whenever I dismantle something that is not self evident, e.g carburettors and linkages I take digital images for reference. Tim
  8. Not sure the actual spacing washer positions could be seen in that picture John. I would have thought that the positions would be those that ensured that all rockers acted as centrally as possible on the valve stems. On my 4A when the valve gear was last overhauled I used some additional shimming washers to achieve this condition. Tim
  9. I guess it all depends on whether that inch is in the legs or trunk Stuart! I know someone the same overall height as me who has trouble finding enough headroom in most cars because his legs are relatively short and his upper body disproportionate! Tim
  10. Those brackets do indeed look well thought out and robust but I reckon if I tried them with MX5 seats in my 4A then at 6'3" my head would be bouncing on the hard top! I am very happy with early Federal TR6 seats that fit straight on to the existing 4A runners, just requiring catch plates to be fitted to engage with the safety mechanisms. Tim
  11. Up on compression stroke! Tim
  12. Thanks Stuart, I never knew that. As a matter of interest do you know when the provision for a reversing light switch on the gearbox top cover was first made? I fitted Wipac reversing lights, preferring these to the TR5 type since they needed only two tiny holes for the wires rather than a socking great one in the middle! Tim
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