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  1. All there have been a couple of threads regarding engine oil filters recently and some cross references have been supplied. Where cross referenced filters have been used and shown to work, then there is no issue, however; I was in the process of putting together a usable cross reference, based on filters that can be relied on. I have added the recently supplied information and took about 15 minutes on the web to extend the spreadsheet based on information supplied by just filter suppliers. My message is; Please do not take any information regarding compatibility at face value In
  2. Afternoon All. What is the difference between Semi and Mineral oils ? Is it just down to additives ? And why do we run are engines on Mineral ? Just bored really, Mark
  3. Hi All Although I’m still way off finishing and starting up I’m starting to think about where things will end up, like pipe routing etc. One of the thinks that might affect that is do I stay with the original filter housing or convert to the more modern spin on type? Now my understanding of the main benefit of the change is that oil drains out of the horizontal old style filter but doesn’t out of the modern vertically mounted spin on cartridge type. Meaning after and engine start the oil pump has to fill the filter before oil reaches the bearings and as the vertically mounted sp
  4. I have a TR3a with an overdrive. It is an A Type box from a saloon with a saloon overdrive that has been rebuilt by ORS to convert it to a TR unit. I am planning to change the oil soon and looking at the underside of the box there is a drain plug in the box and a large brass flat disc shaped item at the bottom of the overdrive with rectangular notches around the perimeter. Can I drain the complete gearbox and overdrive unit by just removing the drain plug under the gearbox or do I need to remove the brass thingie as well? Rgds Ian
  5. I paid a hefty invoice this evening to get my car back after a clutch change and an engine swap. The engine came out of a fire damaged car so I knew there might be issues although it looked to be in good nick. The garage is a a Triumph specialist but they don't do many TR's, part of the job was refitting newly reconditioned PI equipment. On driving away, the car was popping & farting a lot, rather like a souped up Saxo, it was noisier than before as it now has a phoenix manifold & single silencer exhaust, but I don't think the popping is normal. I drove home around 20 miles, as I neare
  6. I've often been asked about drain keys or spanners, many folks don't even know what one looks like . . . . . after all, they're not something you get in the average socket set, and very much a thing of the past. Nevertheless, a damn useful bit of kit when you need one. Here's an example of one on the 'bay . . . . nowt to do with me, I'm just trying to be helpful ! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-MELCO-DPW-3-SUMP-GEARBOX-AXLE-DRAIN-PLUG-KEY-SPANNER-/142539416782?epid=2038095214&hash=item213002e4ce:g:2UQAAOSwx6pYoGAT Cheers Alec
  7. Just changed the oil, just some Castrol Classic but as always from fresh oil I have nearly 6 bar at tick over, 6bar at 1200rpm and 7bar at 2500rpm. Truth is I have 5b even with hot running at tick over on old oil. I have never worried about too much oil pressure as its been 25 years of hard driving since I fitted the oil radiator which even saved me once when I drove though town in traffic to discover I had no water in the radiator... 20,000miles ago when I dropped the sump the bearings were brill. But I do wonder about the dipstick and if the notches are right as the dipstick was groun
  8. So due to some difficulties on the road a long while back I bought some modern Castrol Gtx and put it in the 5... Forgot about it for a couple of years and and got a few wry looks regards the lack of Zinc and stuff. Well just putting some Castrol Classic in now but as I started I thought I would do some research. So Take a look here a very nicely done table of research and it seems to be saying that Zinc and stuff is no big deal after all. Modern Castrol GTx 20/50 comes out really well......... http://www.chevelles...-more-oils.html Maybe we should stop worrying about zinc and start loo
  9. So I have a temporary garage at the moment its very tight spaced so I bought one of those easy tanks that are only 8cm high for collecting oil from sump so I could work from the front of the car with only the need to raise my Tr5 a couple of inches. Like a wally I didnt think to remove the second plug to on it to speed air out and so the rush of oil overdid the flow into the collector. Now I have about a litre of nice black oil on the concrete floor of the garage.... I have googled ways to clean ranging from WD40 to Coca Cola. Anyone got some magic solution for removing the foot square st
  10. So due to some difficulties on the road a long while back I bought some modern Castrol Gtx and put it in the 5... Forgot about it for a couple of years and and got a few wry looks regards the lack of Zinc and stuff. Well just putting some Castrol Classic in now but as I started I thought I would do some research. So Take a look here a very nicely done table of research and it seems to be saying that Zinc and stuff is no big deal after all. Modern Castrol GTx 20/50 comes out really well......... http://www.chevelles.com/forums/13-performance/443674-zinc-myth-test-data-dozen-more-oils.html
  11. A couple of items I've purchased in the past couple of weeks, which seem to me like particularly good value . . . . On the 'bay, GL4 gear oil, 5lts for a little over £18 delivered, Millers are reliable folks in my experience https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Millers-Oils-EP-80W90-GL4-Mineral-Gear-Gearbox-Rear-Axle-Oil-5-L-5320GG/272070758210?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 and from Fluids in Motorsport, a box of 4 x 4lts Silkolube delivered for £64 . . . . an engine oil I've used for many years and found more than satisfactory https://shop.fluidsinmotors
  12. So after years and years of the unleaded situation I was wondering if there are definitive articles on all the unleaded saga? Both my CP Tr6 and Tr5 have been running on unleaded with a dash of castrol valvemaster without any conversions for about 20 years now right? Recently I swapped out a metering unit for a torn diaphragm which has more to do I suspect has more to do with me leaving the system dry for 6 months, I also just replaced a broken rocker on N°2 valve which is an inlet valve not exhaust anyway. So where is all the worry? 20 years hard driving expecting to face the unleaded dev
  13. Extralube ZX81 oil additive any good or snake oil? Saw it in Halfords quite pricey. Reading the paperwork it can also be added to fuel tank (30ml per 30 litres??) and also a small amount in the coolant to help lube the water pump!
  14. Hi just a quick heads up to those using Millers Oils Classic High Performance 20w50 NT oil Just stocking up for this season and found that all the links I had were now pointing to something called Millers Pistoneeze Classic Sport 20w50, and that virtually nobody had the Classic High Performance 20w50 NT in stock. Bit confused I called Millers technical and was told that Classic Sport HP20w50 was the replacement and identical product. Magic, so off to order some. Even further confusion as prices from different suppliers were all over the shop, and some descriptions referred to it as
  15. I have fitted a Mocal oil cooler to my 67 4a ,it has the sandwich fitting between filter head and filter. After fitting oil pressure has gone from 70/75 cold to 85/90 cold and 60 hot to 65 hot. I am worried that because the oil gauge is before the sandwich is there a restriction caused giving a higher reading and actually less oil getting to the motor. Looking thru filler hole the rocker gear is getting oil but doesn't seem to be as much as usual. I fitted a temporary gauge to the plug at the back of the head and the gauge shows nil pressure but there is some oil there as a slight leak came fr
  16. Hi All. I trust everybody is now done with the Christmas jollities, and we can resume normal service. I need to fit an oil catch tank after EFI adventure, but I'm struggling to find one that would make a neat installation. Has anyone had any success ? And if so a pic would be great. Cheers for now Mark.
  17. Olde Starts on the Button Olde Purrs Like a Kitten Olde Roars Like a Lion Olde Great Oil Pressure Olde No Smoke (honest) Olde no Oil Leaks Olde Good Water Temps Olde Bombed it Round the M25 Olde BMW Basher Olde Boomin Northern Soul on the Stereo Olde (lights even works in the dark!) Olde Maybe I Should Change my Mind? Olde Worth At Least £1/2m Well done gents. Another victory to strike up for 'TR Forum Restorations Ltd - No Challenge Is Too Hard'
  18. I have just under half a canister of the above left - which has aTriumph on the front. With the team having deserted to Millers, the current Classic Light 20W-60 has generic AC lookalike. Can I mix the two ?
  19. £10.20 to deliver a single 5l plastic container of oil !
  20. Recently had oil cooler fitted, with thermostat. On a recent Spanish trip I was smoking from the exhaust until the oil level dropped to between bottom dip stick mark and mid point. It has been suggested that following the cooler fit I should not fill to the top mark of the dip stick. Can anyone confirm if this correct? It seems logical as there is now more space for oil (pipes from and to the oil cooler and the cooler itself, in addition to standard). Thanks in advance, Mike
  21. I've been trying to find the full spec of Eurocarparts TRIPLE QX Premium 20w50 Engine Oil to check the ZDDP content but can't find it. Anyone have any experience or thoughts about using this oil in a TR4? They do some good deals online for local collection, which means it's worth checking out - some forums suggest it is made by Shell. Cheers Rich
  22. I have a Tr4a with a spin on oil filter. It was already fitted when I bought the car several years ago. I have slowly and successfully been reducing the oil leaks and now want to solve the leaking adaptor. The photo shows the view from the underside. I can find similar adaptors for sale however they don't have the additional cylindrical section between the filter and the adaptor. Does anyone recognise this kit and what about service parts?
  23. Hi everyone Penrite GB 40 is often recommended on here for gearboxes, as is their 20/60 Classic engine oil - this latter product is stocked by the TRR shop at a good price of £27.00 for 5 litres, but the gearbox oil isn't - anyone know why it isn't stocked? Other sources for the g/box oil almost all seem to start at £30 upwards for 5 litres plus typically £6-7 for P&P - Classic 20/60 engine oil seems to be at the same sort of price level, so it would seem reasonable to assume the cost to the TRR of GB40 would be similar and then we could all take advantage of a good discount.
  24. Hi All, My TR6 has for some time left its mark (an oil puddle!) whenever it has been for a run.. ;o) But as it is quite bad, I've decided it's time to do something about it! I suspect it's the front gearbox oil seal, as it drips from the bellhousing, and is definitely gearbox oil. I've not yet got the gearbox out, but plan to soon.. I remember reading an article in an old TR Action, by Tony Lindsey Dean I think.. that there are some replacement oil seals that are better than others..! Or some to avoid?.. I don't want to be doing it again soon afterwards..! Soooo.. Does anyone kno
  25. Afternoon. My oil pressure gauge reads about 8lb under and I want an accurate one. Does anybody know if the new ones from Moss etc are any good or of a retro electronic one ? I know I could just ignore it but it annoys me. Cheers Mark
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