Next outing was to LeMans. oh yes
Drove to my mate Adrian's house where I stayed over night ready for getting up at sparrows fart next morning. M25 was busy and the temp gauge did its thing of unnerving me running right on the red. arghhhhh. checked it over at Adrians and we agreed that it didnt feel that hot.
Next morning set off for Dover and a quick breakie fuelled crossing to Calais.
80 miles south of Calais and the gauge is again pissing me orf. The car runs at 3/4 on the gauge when I am doing less that 2500 RPM and climbs upto the edge of the red very quickly at higher engine speeds. Not a huge disaster as I can maintain a 70mph dash, Thinking about shit the viscous cooling fan is largely redundant at these sort of speeds so I conclude that the most likely cause is ignition timing.
I stop at an aire and the car spits water as I pull to a stop. confirming yes it is running hot
Did a roadside dissy baseplate removal and found two issues.
This crud was jamming up the bobweights and even though the engine wasnt pinking and didnt explode etc they were not helping, thermostat was also removed and replaced with a spare that I had.
I guess that they have come from the inside of any of the distributor caps that have been on the car over the last 40 or so years
the second issue, I had a Piranha Electronic ignition system. It sits on its own baseplate and the vacuum advance moves the optical sender back and forth on the base plate. only mine was sticky, had worn a ridge. I loosened the securing screws a tinsey bit and lubed it using the dipstick and popped it all back together in 30 degrees and on a very hot engine it was not a pleasant job.
Back on the peage and at speed the gauge is reading half, fuck yeah. Got to Rouen and stopped for fuel. I would expect the gauge to be up next to the red on restarting and drop quickly back down only this time it didnt. another bastard ignition strip down at the roadside.
this made no difference, the temp was controllable by engine speed so I kept to 2500 rpm and coasted down the long hills on the run south.
Get to le Mans exit and waiting for some twat do get through the telepeage my gauge was doing this
Still no sign it was anything other that a bit warm on a 30 degree + day I pushed on.
We were late so got caught up in Le mans rush hour and sat for about an hour before the inevitable happened and it shat all its coolant and overheated. I could see the back of the main finish grandstands but we were stationary!
Let things cool down properly and then refilled with finest bottled water that we had recently bought on our beer run into the circuit. It started up again and ran fine but the gauge quickly found its way up to the edge of the red again. Losing any remaining sense of humour that I might have I just ignored it and pushed on to the Beausejour (oh the irony) campsite, found the lads who had reserved our pitch and settled in for a number of beers with my back to the car
next morning Adrian and the lads were trying to get enthusiasm in me up while I enjoyed my morning stubbie
We kind of got talking around ignition but that it wasnt pinking made us suspicious, then we talked about coolant flow etc and before you know it I was pulling stuff apart, the distributoir came apart so we could sort the sticky optic and thus failing vacuum advance, I also found on removing the vacuum advance that although it wasn't punctured it didnt move very far. We boiled it up in a pan and used wd40 to get things moving better but still not great. The bobweights were declared fit for purpose.
the rad was removed and Adrian found all this turkish delight in it
He went mad boiling water up and back flushing it but no more came out, I subsequently found out that this is what steelseal does, I used it on my original 2013 HGF and thought that I had flushed it all out arghh so that was the input side of the rad compromised then. The thermostat was tested against a spare that I had in a pan of boiling water and while we didnt have a thermometer both opened at the same time
More beer was consumed and we became a bit of site legend field stripping a triumph V8
Probably due to beer consumption I managed to snap one blade of the optical chopper in the distributor arghhhh
Matt who was camping with us came up with this fix, yep that is Stella tin
Drive home was done without stopping, the gauge was more controlled 3/4 but still higher than I am used to.
Further investigation required
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