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by frenchblatter
Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:20 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Steering Wheel and seat bases
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Steering Wheel and seat bases

Steve, Sound good, bring the wheel and we'll try and find some screws for it. We can also arrange a few days for me to pop down and help rebuild your engine. I've had the virus so I should be immune and not be a carryer. But we can wear masks if you want.
by frenchblatter
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Steering Wheel and seat bases
Replies: 4
Views: 267

Re: Steering Wheel and seat bases

I'm guessing but suspect they'll be BA. I can bring a variety (BA, Whitworth, BSF) over for you to try in a week or so. (just waiting for the sealant to put a new core plug in)
by frenchblatter
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:51 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Just when you think it's safe to go back into the water....
Replies: 10
Views: 553

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

This core plug is probably leaking due to me not realising teh head gasket was leaking and driving the car with no water in it. The block got very hot. The other two look good but I do have new ones in case they start to leak.
by frenchblatter
Wed Jun 24, 2020 2:55 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Just when you think it's safe to go back into the water....
Replies: 10
Views: 553

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

With a 70 year old casting I think it does need a sealant. As I said above we used to use red lead, even on newish blocks. I've ordered some of this: https://enginecoreplugs.com/product/core-plug-sealant-70ml-tube-2/ Problem is it's coming by post so may take week or so to get here. If it does I hav...
by frenchblatter
Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:44 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Just when you think it's safe to go back into the water....
Replies: 10
Views: 553

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

.... you find that apart from a warped head you also have a leaking core plug.

Back in the day we used red lead, a mixture of lead powder and red hermatite to seal core plugs, what is used now?

(XPAG engine in a TC)
by frenchblatter
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:11 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Body paint stripping
Replies: 6
Views: 430

Re: Body paint stripping

Be prepared for a long job. I started on 7th July on this blog: http://www.lotus7news.co.uk/MG-TC-JUL.html

Expected to take me a week to get all the panels down to bare metal but took 7 weeks.
by frenchblatter
Sun May 31, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

I'm using a 1/2" drive so I'll use an adaptor on the 1/2" drive torque wrench and use a 3/8 drive extenion and socket. It's a Whitworth size, can't remember if it's 5/16" or 3/8". I have both 3/8" and 1/2" drive sockets and numerous extensions and bars. To be honest it only takes a couple of minutes...
by frenchblatter
Sun May 31, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

Tom, I've retorqed after a minutes runnning and will do it again after a few humdred miles. I've gone a tad over the 50 lbs ft, probably 53/54. Shouldn't do it any harm. Everything was dry with no oil one when I pulled it down firts time. Soaked in oil second time but the faces should have been dry....
by frenchblatter
Sun May 31, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

Sheffield, the place to be for engineering. I rang the engine shop, made arrangements to take it to them next morning, went to nag my daughter for an hour (she lives nearby) and collected it an hour later. It's on now and the engine is running sweetly but not had it on the road yet. Will drive it lo...
by frenchblatter
Thu May 28, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

Seems lile it's the head. It was 0.008" out in the middle, so maybe No3 bore having water in it was the problem. I should have it running in an hour or so.
by frenchblatter
Wed May 27, 2020 12:31 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

It's not a siezed valve as the rockers are fine and all valves are closed. I'll check the wrist (gudgeon) pin later today. Just off to get the head skimmed although it's OK as checked with a steel rule and feller gauge. I will inspect it closely for cracks and the same with the block. I'll get the b...
by frenchblatter
Tue May 26, 2020 6:10 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

Sump off, No. 4 big end cap removed, no problem, just as it was put in 6000 miles ago. I'm going to get the head skimmed and put it all back together. Just can't think what else to do/check. I'll let you know the outcome in due course.
by frenchblatter
Tue May 26, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: part number for shock absorber oil seals.
Replies: 2
Views: 296

Re: part number for shock absorber oil seals.

Thanks, Stephen, I'll let him know.
by frenchblatter
Tue May 26, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: part number for shock absorber oil seals.
Replies: 2
Views: 296

part number for shock absorber oil seals.

Someone has asked me for details of the lip seals I used on my s/absorbers. I didn't make a note of it at the time so does anyone know a UK supplier and/or part number.

Thanks
by frenchblatter
Mon May 25, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

Tim, no water in the oil. I'm going to drop the sump and look at the bearings this morning. I know the sound of a big end knocking but this is a click rather than a knock. I did find water in No 3 bore but that may have been because I got the head undone before all the water had drained, although th...
by frenchblatter
Mon May 25, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Re: Loss of water?

No leaks that I can see. I filled it up when I got it back and not a drip underneath. I fully expected a blown HG as Lynne said it was chucking out white smoke just before I stopped. I'll drop the sump and inspect the Big End bearings in the morning. I'll spin it over on the starter before that to m...
by frenchblatter
Mon May 25, 2020 11:46 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Loss of water?
Replies: 19
Views: 990

Loss of water?

My TC lost all it's water and got really hot, so much so that the oil pressure dropped to zero. I stopped immediatly and the car was transported home. I've got the head off and expected to see a leak from water jacket to bore (Lynne said there was white smoke coming out the back just before I stoppe...
by frenchblatter
Sun May 17, 2020 8:02 am
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Rebuilding XPAG 9204
Replies: 24
Views: 1344

Re: Rebuilding XPAG 9204

Steve, if you need any special tools or help, just shout. I'm "safe" having had the virus in March.
by frenchblatter
Sun Apr 26, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: Seat mountying hardware
Replies: 5
Views: 658

Re: Seat mountying hardware

Mine are dull silver and a bit worse for wear but OK. they are original. Not sure what the plating is
by frenchblatter
Wed Mar 04, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: TABC Chat
Topic: To Shave or Not To Shave? (the Cylinder Head)
Replies: 13
Views: 1490

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

I stand corrected. Sorry chaps, ben a long time since I did a compression test (even though I have a tester!)