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The Missing Thingy

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Hi Folks,

I have an odd rattle in my 4A. It lurks somewhere behind the dashboard.

I also have an odd problem with the wipers every now and then they stop working. A quick flick of a blade gets them going again.

 

Yesterday I had the idea that perhaps they were related.

 

Today I removed all the parts to enable removal of the wiper wheelbox covers.

When the covers were removed - lo and behold - everything appeared normal (bu99er)

 

Upon reassembly I dropped one of the speedo attachment nuts.

Did it fall onto the rubber mat - no

Did it fall onto the top of a wire loom - no

Did it fall - yes

Which direction - probably up if I know my luck (not been a good couple of days)

 

OK, not a major disaster. I'll make another one. What is the thread size. I had an inkling that ot was 3BA.

My newish Zeus book only gives tapping sizes - no other data.

Thankfully I have an old Zeus book. It confirms it could be 3BA.

My thread gauges don;t fit the thread. BA threads are very strange (6BA is the perfect thread shape).

Thankfully I do have 3BA taps - the threads to line up.

10 minutes on the lathe and I have a new nut.

 

I shall now go out to the car to fit the new nut and expect to find the old nut on the rubber mat.

 

Roger

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You will have 2 rattles now 😄😲

Try a magnetic probe will prob find them both.

Also check glovebox lid stay.

Chris

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Hi Chris,

the nuts are Ali so the magnetic will not work. I'm sure if I did use the magnet then end would fall off :o and stay with the nuts.

 

The mystery continues.

 

Roger

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Send me the rattle. After driving home from the museum the other day by the back roads Eric now has quite a few new ones so another one will not make a difference.

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I have noticed a rattle recently somewhere near the bulkhead.

A search under the bonnet for anything loose did not find anything,

Rattle still there today, felt under the dash while driving, Found it !

It was the two flaps on the heater just touching each other when fully open.

Rattle now gone.

 

Bob.

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Hi Chris,

the nuts are Ali so the magnetic will not work. I'm sure if I did use the magnet then end would fall off :o and stay with the nuts.

 

The mystery continues.

 

Roger

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When I had a rattle it turned out to be the brake pipe running across the bulkhead under the bonnet but sounded just like it was under the dash. Give it 3 or 4 months and you will either find it or another louder one will develop and drown it out!😂😂

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Try dropping another Roger and watch where it goes it may lead you to a nest of them :):)

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Maybe it's age related Roger, we all loose our nuts in the end, so I'm told 😲

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My rattles are always shortly after placing spare coins and/or screws and bolts in the ashtray, and then forgetting I put them there LOL

Hi Paul,

you can send all your spare coins to me :) - but I do not want your rattles. :o

 

Roger

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