Things you never knew were so affordable – part 43

Turns out that I had the timing 180 degrees out, so I was on a hiding to nothing trying to get it started the other night  Went back to basics by lining up the timing marks on the crank pulley, the cam pulley and the distributor body, then loaded a blank map into the Amethyst…

Lock up your dizzies

One thing that did arrive in the post this week was a pair of lockwire pliers, which will undoubtedly be useful for lots of things but their first outing is to replace the rubber O-rings used to lock the advance on the distributor. I never liked the rubber rings – they seemed generic, stretchy and not…

Back from the rollers with a smile

Right, Stef removed and stripped the carbs, confirmed it was the spring on the accelerator pump diaphragm, put everything back together and ran it up on the rollers. Contrary to my assumption that the jets were oversized, the jets actually wanted to go up a size and it was then running sweet as a nut…

Off to the rollers

TOP TIP: Late at night before going to the rollers to get your car set up, don’t whip the rocker cover off, spend a few minutes getting the valve clearances pretty much bang on, think how pleased you are with yourself that you remembered to do it, put a brand new gasket on, then get distracted…

Needs a new fan

The electric fan hasn’t come out of hibernation very happily – it’s been making some strange graunchy noises and generally been rather loud. Probably dried up or knackered bearings or some such, but thankfully the availability of cheap Chinese fans has come on in leaps and bounds since I last looked around eight years ago.…

Toys from the toy cupboard

With the MOT out of the way, the obvious thing to do was to start taking the car apart and make some room for the DHLA 40s. Thankfully I had the assistance of a mate who knows what he’s doing, but is happy to stand back and chirp in with comments like “have you thought about…” or “if…

Off to the steam fair

Time doesn’t half fly when you get distracted … all of a sudden it’s “summer” and time for the local steam fair.  As usual, an incredibly diverse range of vehicles on display  Saturday’s weather was variable to say the least, but it held off raining all day. Sadly Isabella didn’t get to do the parade round the arena…