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Project Capri. D-Day, and it’s f*****g running!, pg.44.

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3 hours ago, danthecapriman said:

How the hell do you remember that! I can’t even remember my own phone number! Your right though.

Started as a Saturday job when I was about 14. Probably sold 20 sets of points on a busy Saturday  and there was only 6 types that fitted most cars. 

After 6 months I would get complete service kits together without looking at the books. 

Unless it was a Renault 5 or 340 Volvo. They were a choice of 6 and still never fitted. 

I can remember all sorts of crap like that.   Can't remember if I locked the door or where in supposed to be tomorrow though. 

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On 5/30/2020 at 11:06 PM, danthecapriman said:

Ive got no self confidence at the best of times tbh and I just feel like everything I do is such a struggle because I’m no good at what I’m doing.

From what I've seen Dan everything looks better than good and you still keep going, most people wouldn't even attempt what you are doing, don't be so hard on yourself 🎖️🏆🏅🥇🌟🎯👋👍🏿

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Why don't you just fit the electronic ignition if you're going to anyway? 

Saves the struggle with points. I fitted a Powerspark electronic ignition to my Beetle years ago when it kept fading on me. 

I understand the frustration, many times I wielded a lump hammer at the Beetle then shut the garage and walked away.

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1 hour ago, mitsisigma01 said:

From what I've seen Dan everything looks better than good and you still keep going, most people wouldn't even attempt what you are doing, don't be so hard on yourself 🎖️🏆🏅🥇🌟🎯👋👍🏿

Cheers mate. 

21 minutes ago, Crusty Sills said:

Why don't you just fit the electronic ignition if you're going to anyway? 

Saves the struggle with points. I fitted a Powerspark electronic ignition to my Beetle years ago when it kept fading on me. 

I understand the frustration, many times I wielded a lump hammer at the Beetle then shut the garage and walked away.

I wanted it running on points for now, just to see if it runs and stick to the basics without introducing another variable. The electronic kit might be duff out the box for all I know. Saying that, the points are out now anyway so it’s probably irrelevant now!

 

Ive not touched it yet anyway, if anyone was waiting for updates. Not sure if I’m going to either. Bad news at home and another boot to the bollocks has killed enthusiasm for now.

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Got a little bit of time this morning to carry on.

I got a new set of points and an old stock condenser delivered the other day. However, having thought with a clear(er) head, the old points are already stripped out of the dizzy, so I decided I wasn’t losing anything by just fitting the electronic system and trying. At the end of the day, if it didn’t work I could just refit the new points & condenser and try again.

They really are a piece of piss to fit, remove points, remove condenser, remove wire & grommet between coil - and points.

Then the electronic sensor and it’s baseplate screw in place of the points using the original fixing points. Run the two wires from the sensor around the inside of the dizzy (taking care they don’t stop the advance mechanism or foul anything) through the original wires opening and out to the coil. Black wire to coil - terminal, red wire to coil + terminal. Then push the moving magnetic pickup sensor over the dizzy cam and refit the rotor arm and dizzy cap. It really is that easy!

So with that done, I hooked up the fuel supply and battery and go for a crank to test for a spark off the king lead... SUCCESS!! Nice big stream of sparks.

King lead fitted, and go for a start.

This is when I shit myself! The fuel must have drained back down out of the pipe and filter since last weekend. When I started cranking this time some fuel shot back up into the filter, no problem with that, but the fuel was bright red!! 

The fuel can Im using as a tank for this is what I normally use to fuel my chainsaw and garden tools with... which are 2 stroke... yeah. Fuck! Luckily it wasn’t what I thought though. The fuel in the can is clear so it must have been the dye from the fuel filter paper element staining the fuel a funny colour and the red fuel was just the old stuff from last week coming back up. I honestly thought I’d just filled my carb with 2 stroke oil!

Anyway, it still wouldn’t fire so I poured fuel straight into the carb, which caused a little fart! Pumping the accelerator showed fuel to be getting through ok, so I just kept cranking, which eventually led to this vv

 

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Video seems to work!

So, Yeah, success at long last. A very fitting day for it too, 6 June!

I haven’t run it for long as there’s no exhaust and there were a few flames! I had to jam a piece of old plywood between the exhaust manifold and inner wing to stop any damage.

That video was the first start too, and it ran bloody well and started almost on the key. Ok, it sounds a bit crap but with an exhaust system fitted it’ll be sweet. That’s the first time this engine has run for 4 years now.

 

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Cheers chaps and chapesses.

Im well pleased with it!! If I’d had a clearer head last week I could have had it going then, but never mind!

 

In theory I could bleed the brakes up, stick a seat in and drive it up the road with the fuel can cable tied in place! I won’t, but it’s that close now!

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8 hours ago, greengartside said:

Jesus! I wasn’t aware of any other survivors in the same registration numbers to mine, and for that to be only down the road is unbelievable! BK is a Portsmouth issued reg, mines never left the area, but that one went to Portugal then back here.

I might send the guy a message and see if he knows much about where it was sold etc etc. The same probably applies to mine.

Thanks for posting that up!

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BBK243M is/was a Reliant 21E (plastic pig!)

BBK242M is a Honda ST70, monkey bike!

BBK241M is a Citroen AK400 (2CV van) this one is local too as I’ve seen it about until about a year back.

BBK245M is a 2001 MG TF, private plate then!

BBK246M is a 2001 Benelli?? No idea wtf that is!

Not much consistency with registrations was there?!

 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, danthecapriman said:

BBK243M is/was a Reliant 21E (plastic pig!)

BBK242M is a Honda ST70, monkey bike!

BBK241M is a Citroen AK400 (2CV van) this one is local too as I’ve seen it about until about a year back.

BBK245M is a 2001 MG TF, private plate then!

BBK246M is a 2001 Benelli?? No idea wtf that is!

Not much consistency with registrations was there?!

 

 

 

Benelli is an Italian 2 stroke motorbike. Very cool!

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7 minutes ago, danthecapriman said:

Is it the same Benelli that makes shotguns?

Not sure, never thought of that! Could be though. My first SA was a Benelli, bloody thing hated feeding anything under 30 grams, went to a Beretta (A381 I think) and that would cycle anything you liked.

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