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#1111 OFFLINE   mat_the_cat

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:14 PM

The speedo drive is still under investigation! I jacked a rear wheel up last week and let the engine idle in gear while I checked the drive unit for the flashing LED denoting a signal. Nothing. So it looks as though there is no signal being generated until some time into the journey. To further prove this I connected my rather elderly 'scope up to the sensor, and went for a drive.

 

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Amazingly, the internal (Ni-cad!) battery still holds a charge so I was able to check out the signal on the move. With the speedo working, I get the pattern below:

 

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I've not yet been able to monitor with the speedo inoperative, but would expect a flat line like in the first photo, although it's possible that under certain situations, electrical noise could swamp the signal, hence the reason for carrying out the checks.

 

I had a bit of trouble tracking down a suitable speed sensor - I'd bought a universal one but that was not compatible with the cruise control system. Bearing in mind this was 20 years old I wasn't confident of finding spare parts, but I eventually discovered it was an Australian manufacturer of the kit, and they even listed spare parts. Bad news is no reply to my emails on shipping to the UK, but MorrisItalSLX has come to my rescue and is going to post one on to me :-D

 

As I'm coming up to the magic 200k miles I don't want to miss any, so important to get my odometer working properly!


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#1112 OFFLINE   colc

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Posted 31 January 2019 - 10:21 PM

You being a handy sort of bloke, could you fillet the guts out of a GPS speedo and plumb it in to operate the original speedo needle?


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#1113 OFFLINE   mat_the_cat

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 09:37 PM

Possibly and thanks for the compliment!), but I'd still have to drive the cruise control somehow...

Anyway, the sensor is on its way to me now, so should be a plug and play solution.

 

In the meantime I've been securing the new oil hoses, with something more rigid than P clips. First I had to install a few nut inserts, and as I don't have the proper tool, had to improvise with a nut, bolt and washer.

 

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Just tighten the nut whilst holding the bolt stationary, and the insert expands to grip the hole.

 

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I could then attach a number of clips to hold the hoses securely.

 

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The new air filter housing was painted in black, but this was incredibly thin and would have likely started to rust very quickly. So I decided to give it a few extra coats of paint.

 

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Bit of a strange choice perhaps, rather than black?

 

Well, earlier in the thread I had half an idea:

 

I think if I was going to paint it, I'd probably do it in grey as a nod to the original filter housing:

 

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Looks a reasonable match don't you think  :-)

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Posted 08 February 2019 - 09:28 PM

I've secured all the oil hoses now, although under the radiator I'm less happy with.

 

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I managed to drill for the nut insert on the right of the photo by using a right-angled drill, but not enough space on the other side. So I've had to improvise by welding a nut to a length of DIN rail, and bolting that in place using the existing radiator fixings. Not very neat but functional I suppose...

 

But more importantly I had a package arrive today, from Kangaroo Valley!

 

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In it was the speed sensor I've been after for a while.

 

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It was then a very simple job to just swap out the old...

 

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...for the new.

 

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And while it was still jacked up, I started the engine and popped in in 4th. Success :-)

 

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Lastly, there was something else in the package...many thanks to MorrisItalSLX!

 

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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:02 PM

We had a day of little rain today, and no salt on the roads! So I figured it would be a good chance for a brief test drive, to see how the new carb performed before any kind of tuning (apart from the idle mixture, which I started to adjust). It was a revelation! I was happy with the way it pulled from low revs before, but it felt breathless above about 4k rpm.  Now it feels so willing, and just wants to rev - I still haven't taken it to the red line!

 

 

I was actually quite surprised, not that it's super quick, but I was actually expecting it to be worse than the old carbs, before tuning. You do have to mash the pedal into the floor to get (almost) full throttle, which I only discovered in the second half of the video. You can tell when the second set of chokes open up though :-) There's a few mm more travel on the cable, so I may have to make some modifications to get full WOT.

 

But very happy with that! Only minor problem is that the brake fluid warning light is dimly illuminated all the time, so suspect the float switch my be stuck (level is fine)


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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:15 PM

‘Fuck me’ indeed!!

Doesn’t that sound sweet aswell as go well!
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Posted 09 February 2019 - 09:18 PM

That does sound sweet..Edelbrock carbs, unlike Holley, usually work pretty well straight out of the box.


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Posted 10 February 2019 - 09:50 PM

The DIN rail was bugging me, so I had to find a way that I could get rid of it, and drill a hole for the nut insert! This was the best I could come up with, turning a hex drive drill bit with a ratchet spanner :-( (the irony that it would have been an easy job with the front cover off was not lost on me...)

 

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But it didn't take too long to break through, and I could fasten the hoses into place for good. It wasn't just for aesthetics, as the hose now has a slightly smoother curve around the corner.

 

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So that's the oil hoses complete...

 

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...but it struck me how manky the screenwash bottle was! I've never actually taken this off, as when I first got it back on the road I was just concentrating on the basics - and the fixings looked like they would shear off rather than loosen. I did later replace them with stainless bolts (after drilling out the originals), but left the bottle in position. This was what lurked behind:

 

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But this was only surface rust, so a once over with a wire brush made it look less of a worry.

 

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And tonight I've been cleaning out the bottle and getting rid of the discolouration.

 

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 09:57 PM

We had a day of little rain today, and no salt on the roads! So I figured it would be a good chance for a brief test drive, to see how the new carb performed before any kind of tuning (apart from the idle mixture, which I started to adjust). It was a revelation! I was happy with the way it pulled from low revs before, but it felt breathless above about 4k rpm.  Now it feels so willing, and just wants to rev - I still haven't taken it to the red line!

 

 

I was actually quite surprised, not that it's super quick, but I was actually expecting it to be worse than the old carbs, before tuning. You do have to mash the pedal into the floor to get (almost) full throttle, which I only discovered in the second half of the video. You can tell when the second set of chokes open up though :-) There's a few mm more travel on the cable, so I may have to make some modifications to get full WOT.

 

But very happy with that! Only minor problem is that the brake fluid warning light is dimly illuminated all the time, so suspect the float switch my be stuck (level is fine)

 

Love the way that little red car about to pull out at the start of the vid thinks better of it and reverses back!


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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:47 PM

Behind the screenwash bottle I ground away the rust, although there was some pitting remaining.

 

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I'm not too worried, as this is just a rough tidy-up job until I consider the engine install truly finished (AC yet to be fitted). At which point I'll probably respray the bay, but until then I'm bound to drop the odd spanner!

 

I used BH Hydrate 80 to (hopefully) deal with the pitting:

 

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Then (brush) painted with smooth Hammerite - easy to touch up when I chip it!

 

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Looks a lot better now, even if a long way from perfect:

 

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Posted 15 February 2019 - 10:56 PM

Sounds like it's running damn well now, that is a lovely noise.


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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:50 AM

Mine doesn't sound like that :(

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Posted 16 February 2019 - 08:54 AM

tidy work


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