Time for a bit of a catch-up

To think, I used to be able to spend loads of time on the car in the evenings and then write it all up before bed – can’t imagine what’s changed in six years  Oh yeah … daughter  Anyways, since the car’s come out of hibernation I seem to have spent an inordinate amount of time…

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…

How are those dash lights doing ?

The dash lights are still a success and far outshine anything a conventional bulb could provide. Took this one this evening…   I’ll be able to see how they’ve done with regards to any heat build-up issues when I take the dash apart again.  I’ve just checked on www.ultraleds.co.uk and the lamp units I got for the…

Dash done. Now about that carb…

Woohoo Got the dash back in, all the panels screwed back on and the car hoovered up and everything still works OK, everything, that is, apart from the ammeter on the top left, which isn’t even wired in. Having driven the car around for a few days with the new dash, though, it’s absolutely no…

The curious case of the sender in the block

Turns out that the “missing” adapter isn’t readily available, so I dropped a note to Carl (who sells on eBay as capri_bits2) to see if he had one knocking about, and as luck would have it he had a couple still on their engines in the yard The old electrical pressure sender’s on the top…

A blue dash for a blue car

Now, don’t all die of shock, but I’ve gone and spent some money on the refurb. A quick trip to Ultra Leds has bagged me some “mini light tower” LEDs for the dash illumination. They’re actually a small cluster of 9 LEDs on a wedge base for all round illumination, as opposed to the limited…

Tarting up the dash fascia

Continuing with the bargain basement theme of this dash refurb, I picked up a pile of old dash fascias quite some time ago on the off-chance that one of them would be useful … Unfortunately, they were all scrap – some had been hacked about to fit newer radios in, some were just knackered all…

Clocking off

With the house to myself today, I moved inside to work on the kitchen table in the warmth for once. For anyone who’s ever thought that the only difference between a 4-cylinder (left) and a V6 (right) tachometer was the dial face and maybe a resistor or something round the back, prepare to be surprised……

Making it work more

You’re all correct and better illumination’s been part of the plan all along. It actually turns out that there was only one working bulb on the old set of clocks, so no wonder I thought it was dark anyway After robbing Peter to pay Paul and moving bulbs about, I finally had a full working…

So did it work then?

This evening I had a spare hour, so I spent some time soldering the brass connectors from the 14-point multiplug onto the car loom. The best thing I can say about my soldering is that it’s secure, if a little workmanlike Luckily it’s out of sight behind the dashboard, and when you slot the doofers…

Four more clocks

After a week off from mucking about with the car, living the high life of a long weekend away in France, one’s mind naturally wanders to what the next job is going to be… The current dash has a number of faults – primarily that there’s no trip counter (so I don’t know how far…