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by stephen stierman
Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Master cylinder.
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Master cylinder.

Yes, it is 7/8". As I mentioned at the time had I had a TC MC core that I could have rebuilt or had sleeved, I would have done so and recreated the bracket to install. However I did not, so this was a reasonable alternative and works fine. The Wilwood MC allows several options for mounting that were...
by stephen stierman
Sat Jul 04, 2020 2:34 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Master cylinder.
Replies: 5
Views: 131

Re: Master cylinder.

Funny you should ask. When I bought TC2911 many years ago, I found that it was equipped with a leaky TD MC rather than the standard MC. The mounting brackets had been cut off and at the time repro TC MC's were rather pricey. I could have made up the brackets and welded them in, but instead I chose t...
by stephen stierman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Just when you think it's safe to go back into the water....
Replies: 10
Views: 543

Re: Just when you think it's safe to go back into the water....

JB Weld works just fine for filling pits and building up alloy castings, particularly like the typically corroded thermostat housing on your TC. Why wouldn't you be able to sand it smooth, it's just like any other epoxy? You know that gas tank sender in your petrol tank that always leaks and screws ...
by stephen stierman
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Just when you think it's safe to go back into the water....
Replies: 10
Views: 543

Re: Just when you think it's safe to go back into the water....

Norman, I used to work for a CAT dealer and when they replaced core plugs they coated the edges with a two part gray epoxy that looked suspiciously like JB Weld. So that is what I use and find no problems.
by stephen stierman
Sat Jun 20, 2020 2:12 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Bumpers
Replies: 14
Views: 737

Re: TC Bumpers

TC2911 was a home market car, but when I purchased it was equipped with some sort of after market or perhaps even home made bumpers that were removed and disposed of in short order. I understand the appeal and rarity of the EXU and if I had one, the nice original chrome bumpers would remain. But I j...
by stephen stierman
Fri Jun 19, 2020 6:02 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC Oil Can Bracket
Replies: 3
Views: 391

Re: TC Oil Can Bracket

I've made these up myself using strap steel bought at the hardware store. The base can be easily made from 22 ga. by simply bending a right angle with a pair pliers and a bit of dolly work to clean up the edge. The retainer can be made from bicycle spoke or similar. There is not much springing requi...
by stephen stierman
Wed Jun 17, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: steel panel removal from wood
Replies: 5
Views: 369

Re: steel panel removal from wood

In order to remove the sheet metal from the timbers, even if you manage to get the nails out, you will likely need to slip a thin blade 'tween the metal and timber to lift the metal slightly so that it frees up and will slip off. Don't worry as after you make your repairs you can slip it on again an...
by stephen stierman
Sun Jun 14, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Body paint stripping
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: Body paint stripping

I have found media blasting to be a mess done at a residence, with sand everywhere. I have stripped any number of cars with "aircraft stripper" hand tools and a wire wheel on an angle grinder in the drive way. This does require some safety garb and plenty of fresh air and is rather hands on but actu...
by stephen stierman
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:58 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Frame Alignment
Replies: 8
Views: 612

Re: Frame Alignment

I doubt very much that your collision is the cause of your tire ware in 15 miles. The combination of positive camber and toe in can cause the odd patterns that you are seeing. Has anyone owning a TC ever seen fairly even wear all the way across the tire tread, I'd be curious to know. As far as chass...
by stephen stierman
Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:20 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Re-chroming a TC.
Replies: 12
Views: 554

Re: Re-chroming a TC.

As mentioned certain items are not worth re chroming. The process often polishes away detail and cannot be brought back easily. Radiator shells and headlamp buckets, windshield parts that are not available are the exception. I have a nicely re chromed set of bonnet handles on my car that upon close ...
by stephen stierman
Fri May 29, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Test fit of bonnet
Replies: 5
Views: 435

Re: Test fit of bonnet

The round high part of the strip sits up on the metal part of the scuttle while the flat part of the strip is nailed to the timber. Keep in mind that some adjustment either way can be made so that the edge of the bonnet sits adjacent to the round high spot for a nice neat look all along that rear ed...
by stephen stierman
Tue May 26, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: part number for shock absorber oil seals.
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: part number for shock absorber oil seals.

340413 National ( Federal Mogul) two per shock
by stephen stierman
Thu May 21, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rebuilding XPAG 9204
Replies: 22
Views: 1319

Re: Rebuilding XPAG 9204

I assume your goal here is a rebuilt engine. Those cam bearings need to be changed, all of them and a machine shop should do it as the front bearing does need to be honed or reamed to fit. Worn cam bearings often are a cause of low oil pressure. I don't know what caused your piston scuffing, perhaps...
by stephen stierman
Mon May 18, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rebuilding XPAG 9204
Replies: 22
Views: 1319

Re: Rebuilding XPAG 9204

#1 I suppose brass is best from a rust issue, but I have never had a core plug rust away in many years of working on cars. I recommend JB Weld without hesitation, used to work for a Cat dealer and that is what they used. #2 From memory it was a standard core plug. #3 I don't see why con rod bolts wo...
by stephen stierman
Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: tub and firewall paint process
Replies: 5
Views: 757

Re: tub and firewall paint process

I would paint the firewall separately along with the bolts and install leaving the rubber black. My TC is an early car with gray firewall and it also used blackened bolts and washers which I have gone to some length to maintain as such, although nobody cares about this but me!
by stephen stierman
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: To Shave or Not To Shave? (the Cylinder Head)
Replies: 13
Views: 1480

Re: To Shave or Not To Shave? (the Cylinder Head)

Norman, I think you would notice a difference. My head is unskimmed as I remember and I am getting around 125 lbs., a bit less in number four so am thinking of pulling the head and looking at the valves and skimming to around 9.1 to make a little better use of the fuel available and getting some bet...
by stephen stierman
Wed Mar 04, 2020 2:19 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: To Shave or Not To Shave? (the Cylinder Head)
Replies: 13
Views: 1480

Re: To Shave or Not To Shave? (the Cylinder Head)

With an unskimmed head, what sort of numbers should you get when you do a compression test?
by stephen stierman
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:04 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Replacement TA Batteries
Replies: 4
Views: 726

Re: Replacement TA Batteries

Just another thought, I am a Miata owner and have owned several of the early cars that used the AGM batteries. The original Panasonic that was supplied with these cars was very good and long lasting but this is not necessarily the case with current AGM replacement batteries which tend to be a bit fr...
by stephen stierman
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: To spray or not to spray
Replies: 4
Views: 951

Re: To spray or not to spray

Sounds like as several have mentioned a strip down to bare metal will be needed and this requires much expensive disassembly for a really nice job of it. I would safe myself a lot of money and a more difficult sale and let it go as is.
by stephen stierman
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: TC9849 EXU Restoration
Replies: 17
Views: 2627

Re: TC9849 EXU Restoration

TC2911 had mostly rotten timbers other than the door frames that were very good and just a few others. If you can save the front scuttle timber that has holes drilled for the firewall location it will be helpful when you start putting things back together again. I also suggest building a new tub on ...