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  1. I saw them, but you have to buy them with money. Fixed needle carb has been fine since 2008 and they used to be everywhere. Don't suppose they are now though.
  2. Agreed on tank location. The Rover has a lousy design of boot whose floor slopes towards the back so that everything tries to fall out. It's hard to spoil it, and I got a nice big tank squeezed up at the front. I did a quick photo, couldn't be arsed to clear it out. Normally MGBs keep their spare wheel in the boot, and substituting it with a tank you actually get more usuable space. Which I've filled with rubbish. The Petrol pump can now live on the boot floor protected by the tank instead of the stupid factory location hanging out under the wheel arch where it used to get covered in shit. Ironic really as it's now very rarely used. I managed to use a pair of Range-Rover tanks under the floor of my Sherpa van, but lots of work to get them in- re-routing the exhaust is the easy bit... I did something similar on a Landrover, but never again.
  3. Blos is fine at idle, better than the mixer I had previously on the single SU. I went to a single carb as there is, for some reason, a cheap single carb 'performance' manifold available which saves having two mixers. This would be risky on petrol due to being unheated and thus prone to icing but is not a issue on gas. One other issue on SU carbed stuff is needle wear on the later sprung-needle types. I fitted an earlier carb where you have to centre the needle, but doesn't wear the jet as it goes up and down with no 'wet' fuel to lubricate things.
  4. Big thirsty motors mean that you have to look for a filling station more often which must detract from LPG to an extent. I get about 28mpg from my MGB (32 on petrol) so with an 80l tank it has a reasonable range. If you have to go out of your way to find a garage the benefits can be squandered. It's always best to fill up whenever the opportunity presents itself as garages often run out or their pumps go wrong. I've had a look around and can't find anything on injectors for carb engines.
  5. No, I tried to speak to Tinley Tech yesterday but just got a message saying they're busy in the afternoons. I've had 7 kits from them over the years, but there's nothing on their website about this new system that the Leicester firm are offering. I'll also have to look at the injection kit for carbed cars as both mine are this set up. I've got a blos LPG carb on the MG and a cheap universal thing you shove in the induction hose on the P4. Neither ever give bother. I tried fitting a closed loop device on my Sherpa that used a lambda sensor in the exhaust to finely control the gas mixture, but it seemed to offer no discernable benefits in economy or performance and was just something else to go wrong.
  6. cros


    I'm well pleased today. A few minutes ago a courier arrived with a lovely parcel and I ripped it open and screwed the contents straight on to the Bedford. The items are these lovely levers that cost £5 apiece off Trailertek. They would have been a billion each from oldmotortek. The original levers were buggered beyond hope, but now all the door mechanisms have been sorted, and I have 3 lockable entrances. The rear one has been lashed up from bits from an old ambulance and is a bit of overkill, but at least it'll keep people in- I mean out. Merry Christmas!.
  7. Didn't realise these came from the factory with rear seats but no windows. Must have been a Lincolnshire special, they should have called it the Gangmaster.
  8. I just noticed a Leicester LPG outfit offering a liquid injection kit now. This uses the existing petrol injectors and needs no mixer with it's attendant water heating pipery and valves. The idea looks appealing or am I missing something?
  9. Dyson hair dryer, 200 quid. Are they having a larf?
  10. Look at the state of my motor. My good lady wife cleaned it and after just one trip into the local town she might as well have not bothered. There's no point in having a nice shiney car when you live near a dairy farm which causes the road to be smothered with cow shit and mud from their tractor wheels. I don't even drink bastarding milk.
  11. The solid-tyred Trojan Utility Vehicle had a handle which you pulled to start it as the specification didn't run to an electric one. Thats it lurking next to the handbrake. The driver was further pampered by an audible reminder which sounded if they failed to set the ignition timing correctly- Commercial Motor described it thus: "and a starting lever. . The latter has a pawl with a pin projecting into a slot in a friction plate. When the lever is drawn back, the pawl pin runs along the slot and directs the spawl into the ratchet, thus rotating the cearikehaft. When the lever is pushed down it draws the pawl out of the ratchet and moves the friction plate down, at the same time advancing the spark, which was automatically retarded when he lever was pulled back. If the lever is not Tight down and the spark is consequently not fully 'advanced, a light, spring drives the pawl against the ratchet and gives a sharp ringing noise to attract the driver's attention." As tested by Stanley Unwin.
  12. Auntie also has a switch to enable the driver to turn on the rear curtsy lights. On mine there is a very Roverish version of the dealers sticker above Just below the lamp are the passenger's stirrups, and just above a repair my Mrs had to make after some creature ate through the headlining. Whatever it was must have been inside at the time as later it knawed its way back out again. She then had to mend a larger hole on the other side. I don't know if this is a normal thing, but the door pockets have a press-fastenered flap for when it's time to muck out the rubbish that accumulates in the bottom. Rover always tried their hardest to make simple things complicated. Those interior lights were only switched by the rear doors, there was nothing at the front except a small bulb to illuminate the ignition key hole and starter button. It comes on when you open the front doors and also has its own little chrome switch but as an interior light is useless.
  13. On Wednesday our 205 Gentry was sold. It was a nice car which we have run for the last 8 months and 4000 miles, but where I live isn't the best place for such a thing. Farmers generously slather the road from my abode with mud and cowshit, and it's original paintwork wouldn't have stayed decent for much longer. I also got fed up with the autobox, always thinking how much snappier and thrifty it would be as a manual, and that lots of modern 1.4's are as quick but with lower tax. I preferred the 1.4 GT I used to own. I have inherited a replacement motor which will be foisted on me in a week's time. It's a car nobody in the world wants, me included. It's so horrible that I'll try it to find out why anyone would want to buy such a thing and will report my findings here. I just can wait.
  14. I quite like a feature on my Rover P4 which had a petrol tank type float sender in the engine sump so that by pushing a button the oil level appeared momentarily on the fuel gauge. I didn't like it enough to bother to move the device to the later engine I fitted that lacked the feature though. A Commer lorry I used to drive also had this along with a lever which dropped the door glass in a quarter turn. Less useful is the red light under the dash board which provides a 'log-glo' effect in 50's Sunbeams when you turn the heater fan on. In case all this sophistication malfunctions there is an extensive tool kit in the boot lid as well as a steel tool cupboard located in the footwell.
  15. I've lost count of the number of times I've needed to wind the rear windscreen down on a car and couldn't. Actually it was once, in my Taunus 17m estate when I would have liked it open due to the passenger's excessive flatulence. Unfortunately the Ford's winder is located on the drop down tailgate, and thus out of reach on the move. Not so on the blobular Atlantic, where the crank is handily placed above the front windscreen.
  16. The Ford D series probably has the widest range of cylinders with lots of 4's 6's and the Perkins built Perkins V8s plus the 12 cylinder twin engined jobby.
  17. Here's some more multiple engine configurations, one in the front and one in the back Or how about side by side under the seat, Ford's 12 cylinder D series.
  18. Landover Australia added the 'Perentie' 110 which has an Isuzu 3.9 diesel with or without turbo. Even more worrying was the 2 cylinder 2 stroke Turner diesel that was fitted in the early '50's. Though not a factory offering it featured in some of their publicity and must have spurred them to develop their own 2 litre diesel which is substantially different to the 2.25 and yet another choice. Well, choice might not be the right word.
  19. https://www.gumtree.com/p/other-vehicles/project-car...-1950-vauxhall-wyvern-potential-hot-rod-rat-rod-/1323105969 " has its original 'suicide' doors" You've not had Anglia Windows round to fit pvc ones then you 4400 pound asking stroker?
  20. I heard him quoted as saying that in his own country (Germany) it wouldn't have been so easy to just knock on people's doors and ask them about something of architectural interest. Probably wasn't a breeze over here for someone of his nationality in 1946 either. Meades criticism might have been better saved for those who demolished some of the things Pevsner missed...
  21. ∆∆∆ All looks good, but is that jam next to the poached egg? If it is I've never seen such a thing before.
  22. I caught a bit of a programme about Mr Pevsner in the workshop tonight. I was the one in the workshop, he's the one who used to drive round the country and write about buildings. Anyway, unlike much of R4s output it sounded interesting, particularly when the narrator described an incident that occurred during the time he was visiting locations in Notts. He apparently tipped the paraffin heater in his car over and managed to drench his clothes in the fuel. I remember seeing a picture in one of his books of him standing next to his small 1930's vehicle; can't remember what sort it was but even back then it was a bit of an old snotter. Given the draughts in those things he must have had a strong constitution to trundle around with the Valor stinking away merrily in the footwell. Shiter or what?
  23. Don't look too dear yet, not sure what that is in the front though... https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ROVER-SD1-V8-Classic-car/332916323180?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D479f0cd0ea814e64bc4eb711eb02cb9c%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D15%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D332916323180%26itm%3D332916323180&_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=pageci%3Ac3aa3a7b-fb18-11e8-ba8f-74dbd1805c08%7Cparentrq%3A8f1f220f1670ac1d368c3a23fffd313c%7Ciid%3A1 "Only for sale due to age and poor health of owner."
  24. Post moved as have several interesting vehicles
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