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Humber Super Snipe: overhaul.

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I suppose I am like a doctor... albeit a car doctor.

 

Continuing with the Squire treatment, a tackled a few more issues that came to light. The boot handle which doubles as the number plate surround and lamp was a little loose. Investigation showed 2 nuts missing. A couple of 2BA and suitable washers put that right, being careful not to over-tighten, as the studs are part of the casting and you're finished if they break.

 

Next, the steering wheel was not straight. Fearing this could be tracking, I monitored it for several hundred miles and examined the tyres. The car drove fine though and the feel of the steering did not suggest anything amiss. The tyres are fine, so off it came.

 

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It was straightforward enough after careful study of the workshop manual. I took this opportunity to thoroughly clean everything from decades accumulation of dust.

 

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You will note the very loose screw on the gear lever pivot. The steering wheel securing nut was also very loose - I could undo it by hand! After adjusting the indicator cancelling ring I put it all back together. It's obvious where the water is getting in past the windscreen seal.

 

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Fortunately it does not go any further behind the dashboard, just drips down onto the floor.

 

Then took it for a test drive.

 

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I'll say it again, that Humber is gorgeous.  If you wanted to do a sick old bloke a good turn you could bring it over to the  Lakes and take me for a little ride in it... ;)

 

EDDYFEST!!

 

I wonder if there's anywhere in Barrow or nearby where we could park a pile of rammle for the day sometime?

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You are expected to turn up at the next Autoshite gig dressed accordingly:

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Detective Inspector Baxter (Eric Lander) with his boss Detective Chief Superintendant  Lockhart played by Raymond Francis.

236 episodes of No Hiding Place on ITV from 1959 to 1967. A seminal part of my upbringing :)

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EDDYFEST!!

 

I wonder if there's anywhere in Barrow or nearby where we could park a pile of rammle for the day sometime?

Lakeland Motor Museum.  Those who have already visited will vouch for their tolerance of a load of shite cars arriving at once.

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These are one of a tiny handful of British cars that can pull off whitewalls since they're like a mid-50s Chevy that went to finishing school and learned how to write the date correctly.

 

That's right. These cars took their styling cues from the 1955 Chevrolets.

 

I suggest 'Japlac' white enamel.

 

That sounds suitably 1950's.

 

I'll say it again, that Humber is gorgeous.  If you wanted to do a sick old bloke a good turn you could bring it over to the  Lakes and take me for a little ride in it... ;)

 

It would be an honour sir, I'm sure something can be arranged.

 

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Oh, really?

 

Well, I did find those flip-flops in a bin, so you can't blame me...

 

What has recently come to light are two more faults, as is to be expected when pressing a previously dormant car back into service. The first is intermittent charging and a flicking ammeter, but the second is the most urgent. I observed this when I viewed the car and had accounted for it anyway, but a previously absent rattling/whirring noise had me opening the bonnet to ascertain the cause. Water being flicked onto my face by the fan soon had me pinpointing it. I believe Lesapandre is onto something with the water pump, unless its a gasket. But the radiator urgently needs removing for a recore.

 

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There were no signs of overheating and even after a high speed run I could put my hand on top of the radiator - usually they are (and should be) roasting hot. The coolant was never this sludged and rusty. I suspect driving the car has dislodged a load of rubbish and the thermostat, which Conrad Conelrad pointed out must be of low temperature anyway, has jammed open. We shall see once I remove it all this week. I think its had a good innings though..

 

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Lakeland Motor Museum.  Those who have already visited will vouch for their tolerance of a load of shite cars arriving at once.

 

Plus they have a nice stone wall for hanging the banner on.

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I've always taken my rads to a little workshop behind the shops in Camden Road, Tunbridge Wells. I don't think they have changed anything there in fifty years. Maybe the staff have moved on a couple of generations... oh, and what they charge.

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Bryan the radiator man? Absolutely ace. Worth a visit to experience the huge open vats of noxious chemicals in there. The workshop is about the size of my kitchen, I'm amazed he's not dead. Actually, did you hear about the rumours one of his rivals started spreading a couple of years ago that he'd died? Him and his missus were on a cruise, and when they got back there were a load of tributes and wreaths laid outside the workshop

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