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Movement 21 November 2009

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23rd December 2005

The order from GCP was almost a complete waste of time. The hubs for the wiper arms are too big for the spindles. I ordered the wrong gaskets for the carburettors. I wanted the ones for the air filter but ordered the ones for the manifold. Still the fuses should be OK. The SU carburettor owners manual arrived as did the skin fitting which has the right size hose fitting but may be too big to fit without interference. The order from Brookhouse has not arrived yet but I guess I will have to wait until after Christmas to follow that one up. I did have some success today though. I bled the clutch system and then gave the idle screws a turn and a half. This meant that on starting the engine it would actually idle without stalling. I then stopped the engine and put the car in gear. Putting my foot on the clutch pedal I then started the car. There was a bit of a jolt and a nasty noise and then the engine fired up and ran. Letting the clutch out I found that I could actually move the car under its own power!

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Hose tails 21 November 2009

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14th December 2005

I now have a small pile of various hose tails etc to try and see what will work for the PCV connection on the air filter, two or three of which I am sure can be made to work, I just have to make my choice and do the work. I spoke to GCP about my order this morning and was told that it had left them yesterday and that the refund would be dealt with. I am a bit annoyed about this as originally they promised to despatch back on the 24th November and deal with the refund then as well. The order should be here by Friday so we shall just have to see. I found what I thought was the type number for the carburettors on the side which was ‘AUD 9’ however this cross references to a 61-62 B16B with H4 carbs so I don’t think this can be right. The type number should be on a tag under one of the float bowl screws so I shall have to look again.

Flaring 14 November 2009

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Engine bay with heater removed

5th November 2005

The poly link pin bushes arrived the day after I ordered them, which was good. I bought a couple of oil filters, a new battery -ve cable, some oil, DOT 4 brake and clutch fluid and some screen wash yesterday and I only went for some imperial sized spanners, which I also got. I spent about four hours on the car this morning and got quite a lot done. I removed the heater housing and flushed out the heater matrix. I renovated the fresh air vents, one had a choke cable operating it, I used bits from the vents I bought on Ebay and I still have one spare. I cleared the drain hoses from the fresh air intake which were full of debris. I replaced the windscreen washer piping that had rotted. I had previously discovered that the choke was stuck, investigating a bit more, I found that a vent cable had been substituted for the choke cable! Having just gained a choke cable I put it in its proper place. I used a cable oiler to oil the cables to the carburettors and boy was that a messy business. However the lever that connects the main cable to the two cables going to the carbs is incredibly stiff and does not seem to be removeable so I am going to have to fix that before the choke will work properly. I removed the fuel hoses so I could measure and get replacements. Some previous owner had replaced the hard line that should run from the tank to the engine bay with rubber hose, so I had better learn how to bend and flare pretty quickly so I can recreate that line. I put on the new radiator cap and reattached the expansion bottle to the radiator with the new hose and found that the bottom radiator hose I had been sent was the wrong one. My car has an oil cooler and the bottom radiator hose is a three way affair with the third, smaller pipe leading to the oil cooler but I had been sent a simple elbow without the pipe to the oil cooler.

New radiator cap and thermostat housing