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Xmas is coming

Given up on blogging this year really. Got more inportant things in life to do !!. Anyway Car wise she sits in the garage with a nasty oil leak. I've got a second engine partially stripped on an engine stand with a good crank in it. So over winter I'ne going to get engine reconned and make a top engine out of two.

Must get arse in gear and remove the lump very soon. Then find good engine reconditioners.  Not a lot else to do over winter. Sort out front tie bar bushes and gets seats recovered and get a tonneau cover made.

Posted by Lee on 08 December 2008 at 00:05
Jan 08

Well weather has been crap so not that much use (Although I did take it to work yesterday). Over Xmas I made a new spare wheel retaining bracket which really hold its on the back panel much better. I have also ordered a recon distributor as I was not 100% happy with the 2nd hand one I bought and fitted recently. It could turn out to be fine but the new one has absolutely no play in it. Still waiting to be fitted though at the moment.

I MUST get around to fitting a sump guard before June this year as I have am off to Lemans and getting on the ferry is worrying me.

Just retaxed here for another year.

Posted by Lee on 24 January 2008 at 00:23
End of 07

Well 2007 is coming to an end. Car not got much use lately, although I did clean it today. Need to fix a loose number plate and that's about it at the moment.

Also need to update the meetings page with 2008 info.

Happy New Year to all......  Happy Hooding

Posted by Lee on 26 December 2007 at 20:21
More Stuff

Been Tinkering today. Made new allen key tool to allow mixture adjustment as I couldn't find my old one. reset timing and mixture and It's like a different car. Idling OK now and more responsive.
Also added new padding to hood frame and fixed retaining straps.

Posted by Lee on 05 November 2007 at 00:30
Summer 07

Been very lax in my blogging lately.  Anyway v quick update.  Car was playing up on a run to Donnington, which seemed timing related. Changed the dizzy and not much different and then tracked down a lack of vacuum at idle. This is controlled by a heated air valve which had failed. Replaced the valve ( I had a spare in the garage) and seems much better.

Only set timing roughly at the moment so needs setting up again, but using it most days for the daily work hack.

Replaced both exhausts over the summer as the flexible downpipes that were on were crap.  Sounds lovely now on the overrun !!! Idles quiter than previous cans but gets LOUDER when you press the loud pedal.

Posted by Lee on 16 October 2007 at 08:52
Summer 2007

No summer at the mo - Horrendous rain has minimised use of Hood. However I have now replaced drivers side exhaust manifold gaskets, repaired downpipes and wrapped manifold and downpipes in Thermo Tec exhaust wrap. Also found hole in firewall below servo which was letting hot air into cabin. This has now been plugged.

Yet to really test it due to all the rain and being really busy at work.

Posted by Lee on 29 June 2007 at 14:40
Car all packed up ready for Wales trip tomorrow. ( Well beer is in the boot!)
Posted by Lee on 26 April 2007 at 22:21

After a recent oil change at a friends garage with new filter I wasn't 100% happy with the oil pressure, which was lower hot than running on GTX Magnatec last year, So have now replaced with fully synthetic HPX 20w 50. Oil pressure now better when hot.

Replaced blowing exhaust manifold gaskets 2 weeks ago and also fixed a fractured downpipe.

Used every day  this week for the work run. Off to Wales next weekend for a trip with the club.

Posted by Lee on 21 April 2007 at 01:51

Unfortunately Jim's (Robbo) bonnet didn't fit.   So still got mine on. Did get a couple of headlamp bowls off him though, which are a LOT shinier than mine and a couple of spare sealed beams.
Thinking of upgrading headlights at the same time, but dont know if I can be arsed, as it isn't used that much at night and they seem quite adequate to me.

Posted by Lee on 02 April 2007 at 15:16

Had to take some pictures for Insurance purposes today, so posted them in Gallery 10.

Posted by Lee on 25 March 2007 at 22:48

Car flew through it's MOT again.  Been using it for work weather permitting as it snowed day before yesterday!!

Hoping to look at Jims bonnet at the weekend as a replacemnt for mine as it has vents and probably isn't as dented as mine!!

Posted by Lee on 22 March 2007 at 01:19

Car flew through it's MOT again.  Been using it for work weather permitting as it snowed day before yesterday!!

Hoping to look at Jims bonnet at the weekend as a replacemnt for mine as it has vents and probably isn't as dented as mine!!

Posted by Lee on 22 March 2007 at 01:19

Mot is due soon so this is booked into tomorrow. Adjusted Handbrake on Saturday, fixed dodgy fuse which meant one main beam has stopped working, replaced indicator repeater bulb that wasn't quite as bright as it should be and also strapped spare to new spare wheel hoop with a tie down strap.

Charged battery overnight on Saturday (altough it didn't really need it as I was using it all last week).

That's about it at the mo. I'll advise how I get on at the MOT station.

Oh also changed insurance today to Roadsure. Was only 7 cheaper than Heritage , but with 100 less excess and 5000 instead of 3000 miles.  Job's a good un!!!!

Posted by Lee on 12 March 2007 at 21:23

Temporarily covered seats, undertook an oil change and fitted demister and handbrake warning light.

Nowt else to resport at the mo.

Posted by Lee on 26 January 2007 at 11:35
Jan 2007
Not much happeming with the car at the moment. Stuck in the garage with the weather. Planned trip next weekend.
Posted by Lee on 13 January 2007 at 21:48

Not Much happening at the mo.  Been working away so car not got a great deal of use. Stillnot fixed oil leak from behind starter. Have made new hoop for spare wheel so I could move it down a couple of inches and fit a new stainless rack (courtesy of Mark and Kirsten). Been to Donnington for a couple of weekends. Car behaved OK.

Note spotted ns manifold blowing a bit - Winter job!!!

Posted by Lee on 04 October 2006 at 23:24

Bloody News databse got hacked again. Slowly screwing the sceurity down. See how long the changes I make keep them out!!!

Must sort out slight oil leak from behing starter and fit some interior LEDS I got bought for Dad's day.   Also recently changed the remp gauge resistance - see if it any more accurate now.

Apart from that not a lot to say. Brillliant run out last weekend. Car behaved fine apart from wire on starter motor kept falling off. - Must tighten this up.  Also is cut out again last night. Must be a loose wire around the coil somewhere as judicious jugling sorted it. I tried to track it down a wire at a time but no luck. See how it goes!!

Posted by Lee on 20 July 2006 at 21:55

Fan wiring was a bit "iffy".  Now rewired using relay so should preserve the switch a bit better.

Also upgraded RHoCAR news website database to secure area as fed up of getting hacked. See how that goes.

Posted by Lee on 09 July 2006 at 23:32

Went to Newark last weekend. Very hot on Sat and got sunburnt.

Steerinh had gone slightly stiff and I suspected Steering rack. So on seeing a rack on a stand I bought one and decided to change it in the midday sun on the RHOCaR stand.  Anyway it's fitted nbut it wasn;t the rack!!! It was a seized steering UJ. 

Oh well at least I have new rack and a spare one.

Posted by Lee on 22 June 2006 at 00:34

Passenger side exhaust cracked yesterday, just in front of the silencer where the flexible pipe meets it. Quick removal, bit of welding and a lick of paint sorted it.

Posted by Lee on 17 April 2006 at 23:08

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