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  ideal for trials!
Posted by: Mike Costigan - 13-01-2020, 08:28 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (20)

I think Nigel Snow's sense of humour is a bit off target with this one!

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  cooking batteries
Posted by: Tatenlyle - 13-01-2020, 08:23 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (9)

Hello, and thank you for accepting me into your group. I have been trying to start my box Seven, a 1933 RP. Battery was flat, charged it, would hardly turn her over. Tested at 5.9v. charged it again, all the red lights came on the charger, and wouldn't fully charge, (4amp charger). Took the top off, and the plates are swollen and buckled. Its an Exide, 8 or 9 months old. The old one also has buckled plates, again 5,9v. on my dynamo, D and F are linked, which may not be the cause. Can anyone please give me a clue where to start, before I cripple another battery

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  Petrol gauge
Posted by: Hobbo - 13-01-2020, 08:11 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (6)

Hi my petrol gauge is reading empty, even when petrol is added. Have removed wire from sender unit on tank and earthed it on chassis, the gauge should have I thought flicked over to full no movement at all. Removed petrol gauge from facia and found gauge had three wires to it, one on central fixing pin, one to tank and one to I presume live. The car has been changed to negative earth before I got it would this make any difference or do I need a new gauge. Thanks Mike

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  oak tree and Austin 7
Posted by: Tony Griffiths - 13-01-2020, 07:43 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (2)

The image in the A7CA archive at [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register] is somewhat degraded. Here's is a cleaned-up copy that prints well in colour up to 8" x 10" - and looks impressive postcard-sized on a Canon Selphy.  It can be downloaded here [Only registered and activated users can see the links Click here to register] 

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  Demise of Longbridge
Posted by: Chris Garner - 13-01-2020, 06:42 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - No Replies

The Birmingham Sunday Mercury ran an article yesterday ( 12th ) stating that the remaining Longbridge site is to be demolished.
The developers, Modwen, have stated that the former MG International HQ and part of CAB A will be retained.
It is hoped this will include Lord Austin's relocated office and other items of historical interest.

The sad end of a long era stretching back to 1905.

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  SU Carb on a chummy manifold
Posted by: Douglas Alderson - 13-01-2020, 06:34 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (10)

Hi I have seen a photo of an SU attached to a chummy type inlet manifold e.g. the standard updraft inlet manifold with a right angle bend for a side draft SU to bolt on.  I am sure I spotted it after looking at a photo on the forum which then lead to the SU arrangement.  But I can’t find the photo.

Has anyone seen this photo or done this on their car?

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  Corroded water inlet stud boss
Posted by: Andy Cawley - 13-01-2020, 04:54 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (19)

The boss in the water jacket that is drilled and tapped to accept the stud holding on the water inlet manifold is corroded almost completely away. 

I am reluctant to have it welded or brazed, does anybody have experience of using epoxy putty or the like to fix this problem?

Any other suggestions gratefully received.

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  How to win Bert Hadley events
Posted by: Steve kay - 13-01-2020, 03:09 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (3)

Or indeed succeed at Shelsley or just about finish the Measham
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  New items added to the Archive
Posted by: Archivist - 13-01-2020, 10:27 AM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (1)

It has been a while since we have added new items to the digital Archive - there's been a lot going on behind the scenes over the past few months. However, with a good deal of technical development, we now have a much better system in place that should lead to a more regular addition of new items in the future. The new items recently added are:

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I hope you find them of use and interest...


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  Layshaft endfloat mystery
Posted by: Peter Naulls - 12-01-2020, 10:59 PM - Forum: Forum chat... - Replies (2)

I have recently rebuilt a 4 speed synchro box with new bearings and springs etc. Prior to dis-assembly it turned freely.

On disassembly I noticed that the layshaft had been fitted without any gasket under the flange on the rear of the shaft. Before reassembling I re-fitted the shaft and gear to check endfloat and found that there was none - in fact it needed a 10 thou paper gasket under the flange to allow the gear to turn freely. Where had the clearance gone?

I did gently heat the casing with a heat gun to help remove the bearings. Is it possible the casing has distorted with the heat?


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