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10 hours ago, SiC said:

Does it have a HIF SU still with those silly poppet valves in the throttle disc? Those damn things caused most of the running issues I had with my BGT. 

I don't know and was not even sure if you were talking about the VP or BGT so here are both, when I say both I mean all three carbs!

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All look like HS carbs. Dunno then, I'm quickly outside my area of expertise when it comes to carbs!

Maybe the wax stat causing problems? Iirc captain_70s had trouble with his on the Dolomite. I think when he removed it solved a lot of his idling troubles?

Hopefully someone with expertise in these contraptions will respond soon!

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I like it when a plan comes together!

 

The VP 1500 came without music not even the string quartet that I believe was standard on these cars! It is a 1976 car and my spare 1990s radio CD looked hideous in it and a period radio with FM costs a fortune so I decided to fit the cheap Radio with USB, jack plus SD card slot I had bought for the Gamma. While very cheap and looks it, much better than the 1990s alternative.

 

I had pushed the new radio in the open hole last Sunday to take it to the Allegro show and tonight I set about wiring it in as the plug left in the dash did not fit my radio. The plug there was simply wired into chock blocks both for power and speakers so I changed the old plug for the new ones that came with the radio and bingo it all worked first time with one speaker in the front and two in the rear parcel shelve.

 

Even my ipod plugged straight in to the USB and played now controlled from the radio unit. Now for me the next bit is a step too far in an Allegro, a remote control for the radio!

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News of the day is the Gamma has been taken back to the garage that returned it to the road to investigate why the engine made such a horrible noise and bought the car to a halt.

 

Our Metro now has a new MOT just needed one repeater bulb.

 

Due to drive congestion the 2CV has gone back into storage already.

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On 5/20/2019 at 7:29 PM, Nyphur said:

Another thread that I'm only just catching up on.
Excellent updates as ever. Bad luck with the BX.

Likewise I'm just catching up on this thread.

 It'll take me a lifetime to get through it all but I'm working my way backwards page by page, it's making for a great read :)

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My favorite garage has taken the heads off the Gamma today and it has revealed a broken off valve head on the o/s. He says o/s head is scrap, but piston and bore ok. Also camshaft plus rockers are badly worn on the n/s.

 

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Ouch! Big bills for the Gamma then?

Those cheapy classic style radios aren't half bad. The controls feel cheap (especially the right knob) but they play decent enough sound. Plus they are inevitably connected to average speakers and a car where acoustics aren't designed in. However I have to say that the majority of the time, the one in my BGT is being used as a clock! Often because I've forgotten to pull up the aerial...

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1 hour ago, SiC said:

 

Those cheapy classic style radios aren't half bad. The controls feel cheap (especially the right knob) but they play decent enough sound. Plus they are inevitably connected to average speakers and a car where acoustics aren't designed in. However I have to say that the majority of the time, the one in my BGT is being used as a clock! Often because I've forgotten to pull up the aerial...

I agree sounds ok in the VP so I have ordered two more, one ready for the Gamma and the other for my MGB GT as the radio started to get hot and I had to remove it last year.

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Ouch, I feel for you. 

My first thought on seeing that camshaft wear was the tappets must be hydraulic auto adjusting types ..but clearly seeing the nuts on the rocker arms that is not the case.  So someone has previously adjusted the gap (to keep things quiet) and ignored the state of the camshaft, or else it has worn in a very short time ..which indicates oil feed issues.?

Have to say - I love how when faced with such a situation, you turn around and talk casually about radios - Good on you Six-c.   I do hope you have good fortune in finding a decent head and camshafts for the Gamma.   

..must admit though out of your fleet - I most like your MGB and the Vitesse.  That might be an age thing with me, or else a hankering for the simpler things in life.

Best regards,

Bfg.

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36 minutes ago, Bfg said:

Have to say - I love how when faced with such a situation, you turn around and talk casually about radios - Good on you Six-c.   I do hope you have good fortune in finding a decent head and camshafts for the Gamma.  

Bfg.

I always have a lot of car stuff on the go so there is always something to go wrong, it reminds me when Agent K from the Men in Black film said “There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about ..... 

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On 5/25/2019 at 10:43 AM, Six-cylinder said:

I always have a lot of car stuff on the go so there is always something to go wrong, it reminds me when Agent K from the Men in Black film said “There's always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about ..... 

More a case of the Jatravartids and an unexpected shortage of deodorant.

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