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Postby Big Al » Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:18 pm

Tesco has cream eggs in already... :wink:
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Postby minormadman » Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:20 pm

Deep joy-they're probably double discounted-ex old stock-2010 crossed out lables :lol:
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Postby minormadman » Sat Oct 29, 2011 8:32 am

Well John, hope the car's going well-it was good to see it in the flesh.

I,along with a few folks on here ,are starting to get " tickman-withdrawal symptoms" (not reading your entertaining posts of late)

Hope all is going well ? :D
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Postby tickman » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:20 pm

minormadman:55262 wrote:Well John, hope the car's going well-it was good to see it in the flesh.


Well as it was the only original Minor at the meet I have a certain standard to up hold!

Seriously I take the items it came from the factory with as essential items, which is why the paint work looks as it does  :wink:

Gwen is running fine, especially since I swapped the carb over just before the meet (a few days before, not 'just' before) and after the meet I met the rest of the family in town to do some climbing and on the way home the brakes had a good test with some unexpected activity at a roundabout and pulled her up much better than I could have hoped for  :)
The only update was yesterday I put 20 L of petrol in and got robbed of £25.94. I should really walk more   :?

I will update when I fit the new indicator/side light from Andy but before then I have to finish a house, clear out a garage so I can find stuff and store more stuff, clear the back garden of all the wind fall pears (which are consistently horrid) I wish Marianne would let me just cut the trees down  :twisted:

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Postby minormadman » Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:39 am

Looking forwards to it :D
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Postby woodywoodchipper » Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:21 pm

make cider then you wont feels so bad :roll:  :wink:

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Postby tickman » Tue Feb 07, 2012 1:46 pm

Well after Gwen not running too well and asking here
http://mog.myfreeforum.org/sutra62847.php#62847

Today was the day to get on with it, I had also been having problems with the battery running flat (not enough use) so I managed to 'borrow' a good one from a friend, it is off a Volvo S80 so rather big! However it does fit very well:
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Once running it was time to get it warm so a quick run round the block got it up to temperature, it warms up nice and fast :)

I set the idle to fast as described and slackened off the Choke cable as there didn't seem to be much slack, as I knew it was running rich I started to wind up the nut under neath and it started to sound a little better. I finally got it to the point where it ran with a slow idle and when lifting the pin under neath the revs rise at first then the engine stalls just as it says in the link so I was very pleased with that  :D   :D

Next things to do are drive it some more and see how it goes, so a big thanks to MM for the link as it was just what was needed.

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Postby tickman » Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:02 pm

Small update, have been doing some work on the house and 'found' a wooden steering wheel I have had for a lot of years. I got a boss kit off Ebay, much better price than anywhere else!

I started by taking out the horn push then couldn't find the socket for it so used the universal spanner, hammer and chisel, this slackened the nut. With it still in place I centered the wheel and loosened the wheel itself by hitting it from behind, when loose I made up the new wheel and swapped the two over. once on I put the nut back on and started on the horn connection.
I took the E clip off the end of the wire connector and removed the plastic spacer tube. I put the E clip back on the connector with a wire through it so I could connect the new horn push. I decided not to solder it on so I can easily swap it back to original so just used some heat shrink to hold it all in place. With it connected back up I reconnected the battery and tested, it worked :)

Time for the test drive and it feels very different!

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Marianne was up in Aviemore  at the weekend and she took Gwen, 108 miles each way and she went great  :D

Today was final check over before MOT time and all greased up again and steering gaiters knackered again!
3 1/2 years but little mileage done!

Have already asked here:
http://mog.myfreeforum.org/sutra67302.php#67302
MM has already given one link to his.

Looking for rear springs, are there any out there that might last? Mine are flat and ever speed bump makes the rear hit the bump stops every time!

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Postby fossy97 » Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:09 pm

That wheel looks very smart. Glad you got the horn to work- I can't get the bloody thing to work with the standard wheel! No idea about rear springs, mine aren't perfect, but I have heard bad reports for new ones not lasting long. Can you not get the old ones 're-sprung'?
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Postby tickman » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:31 am

I thought I better get the steering gaiters done so out with the tools and car up in the air, managed to get one side done and am now sheltering from the rain!
Roll on May when the April showers will obviously stop, probably just be Monsoon May  :?
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Postby Big Al » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:07 am

I'd suggest you get back out there. The water level is only going to get deeper, there's a drought on don't you know!

I heard May will be the coldest for over 100 years. Don't forget to check your anti-freeze whilst you're at it... :shock:  :?  :lol:
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Postby tickman » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:57 am

Been back out, other side now done, also dropped the oil as there was too much in as Marianne had checked it when on a road with stupid amounts of camber.

More details here:

http://mog.myfreeforum.org/about5387.html

Oil now refilled and I will check it as I go!

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Postby minormadman » Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:23 pm

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Series-1098-e ... 499wt_1158


Aaahh I've found it.
Hello again John, I've been looking for your reference about looking for an engine that is cheapish and may help keep you mobile in your car until you can rebuild your original one- well I found one on ebay for around £75 I thought it might be worth you giving it a punt,you never know.
Now all I have to do it put a link onto it for you.
Hope that's of use John

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Postby tickman » Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:32 pm

Cheers Cliff, it is a little far for me!
The engine discussion is still ongoing as it gave some excellent results when compression tested.

A little more 'messing' about with it and I might have found out why it was behaving like it was!

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Postby tickman » Thu Apr 26, 2012 3:39 pm

Took Gwen for her MOT today, came away disappointed :(


The new pass certificate is just rubbish :)

So another 12 months of being legal!

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