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Dripping 29 November 2009

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24th March 2007

I had booked an MOT for 12:10pm today so at about 11:00am I headed out to the garage to start it up and get the battery charged. I used booster cables to hook up to my 240 to charge the battery for a while before I attempted to start it. I got the engine started on about the third attempt which was when I found that the clutch had seized again. I got the car out of the garage on the starter and let it warm up the engine while I had occasional attempts to unseize the clutch. It took quite a few tries before I finally broke it free and I did not have much time left before the MOT appointment. The MOT went fairly smoothly with just a headlight needing adjusting and an advisory for a seatblet beginning to fray. I did have a bit of a worry when I saw a liquid dripping from the car when it was up on the ramp but I eventually realised it was just the screen wash from the wipers test. So I now have a shiny new MOT certificate, the insurance and tax disc were also renewed last month so it is all road legal again. The pinion seal definitely needs replacing and sooner rather than later as there was quite a pool of oil from where it sat and dripped all winter. This is not an easy job as the torque required to undo the nut on the flange is quite high indeed, so you need a robust way to stop the flange rotating.

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Wrong pedal! 23 November 2009

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25th June 2006

I attempted to fit a modified bracket to convert to a brake light switch that works on pedal movement instead of the hydraulic pressure as at present. I thought I had it all in and lined up OK before I realised I had put it onto the clutch pedal instead of the brake pedal. So now I’m going to have to go and get some sheet steel and make a new bracket that will reach across to the brake pedal. Oh well you can’t win them all. I should have mentioned that I fitted new ducting to the defroster vents from the heater box a couple of weeks ago. That is a big improvement over the old rotted or aluminium or just missing ones that were there previously.

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!

A new start 21 November 2009

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10th December 2005

I put in new spark plugs and started the engine today. It sounds pretty good considering it has not been run in a number of years. It would not idle however. The clutch did not disengage with the pedal so it still cannot move under its own power but I hope the hydraulics just need bleeding.