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Post by speedy555 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:01 pm

OK, new thread for the Green Cipher - The original one diverted into white ciphers and Escorts :lol:

Car arrived safely with Thomas today - Was great to finally see it in the flesh :)

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I'll have to investigate a little further tomorrow, but as 2 of the pics will show, it smokes a bit! I managed to get a carb together out of 3 I had in bits, and did similar with the dizzy...and whilst it runs (roughly) it sounds sweet. But the smoke was horrendous, compression isnt good on No.1, and theres oil dripping from the exhaust (Which it did from the outset, from a hole. I presume it was already in there). Not having the capabilities to rebuild an engine, and presuming time hasnt been kind to it as I suspect, then it looks like Im saving and looking for another. I'll get it outside tomorrow and run it a bit longer though. Any help or suggestions would be good!

Other than that I need some wheelnuts, locks and keys,some switches etc...I havent got as far as a full list, as the engine took most of the day on its own. Oh, and we have some interesting wiring to say the least - All I can get is 1 indicator and the oil light to work! :lol:

Perhaps my initial schedule needs to be re-assesed :( :shock: :lol:
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Re: Green Cipher

Post by greeny » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:05 pm

I think starting it on the first day is quick going Dave well done should be done by next weekend


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by philhoward » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:14 pm

Could it just be stuck rings from the layup?


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by thomast » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:26 pm

:D
not bad for a first day ;-) I put some oil on the pistons via the inlet manifold in the past... that explainst be the smoke. :D


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by Oaksey » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:28 pm

I had masses of oil in my exhaust, which caused masses of smoke when the car first arrived. (The compression figues werent great either)
After running it a bit and changing the valve stem oil seals, all is much better :)
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Re: Green Cipher

Post by thomast » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:29 pm

It has a good new home now, still sad to see it go though... Seeing the White Cipher in current condition makes it worth it!


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by speedy555 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:38 pm

I am going to run it a bit longer tomorrow, but not inside! :) I'll have to get it to run a bit smoother first though I think.... I'm on a steep learning curve with this strange 850 thing :) so with possible timing out, carb and wiring issues it's hard to know which to try first ! I'll get there sooner or later :)


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by speedy555 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:38 pm

greeny wrote:I think starting it on the first day is quick going Dave well done should be done by next weekend
HALF day :lol: :lol:


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by Roger Pennington » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:51 pm

speedy555 wrote:OK, new thread for the Green Cipher - The original one diverted into white ciphers and Escorts :lol:

Car arrived safely with Thomas today - Was great to finally see it in the flesh :)


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Well Done! Your workshop is starting to look like one of those original factory shots! :D


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by speedy555 » Sat Apr 06, 2013 9:55 pm

Roger Pennington wrote:
Well Done! Your workshop is starting to look like one of those original factory shots! :D
:lol: Theres even a spare nosecone and screen surround in the pic....in fact, parts of 3 Ciphers in there!


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by speedy555 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:54 pm

Well got it outside tody and gave it a run. It did smoke again, BUT it did eventually clear. If its OK tomorrow after sitting again, then I'll be pretty happy....if it smokes again, then theres obviously an issue! It does miss a bit, but the carb is mish-mash of parts so that won't help....if anyone has a 1.25 SU thats known good, I'm in the market for one!! :)
The car has no keys, so made the boot lock fit an old key, and scimmy Mike has some door locks for me. I dont think it has had a steering lock, but unsure :? It seems to have been dash mounted ignition, and I have one of those rigged up for now anyway. Only lock Im short of is the bonnet lock now.

The wiring.....what a nightmare. I cant do wiring, so this is just my worst 'mare. Ive tried so hard today, got nowhere and just glazed over :lol:
Firstly, the only complete switch is a HRW one, in a car without HRW :lol: The headlamp switch is broken, and hasnt enough wires anyway.....and Ive no idea what switches I should have anyway :? :w :w Theres dozens of wires just dangling about, plus modifications, extras, sellotape, scotchloks, you name it.
The ignition circuit evidently has what it needs, and occasionally the front indicators work. But thats it! No guages, no lights whatsoever, no wiper, fan, nothing...zilch. Oh, I do get the oil light on as it should. I just dont know where to start.... :cry:

Still pleased though, but need to get the running sorted and the under dash spaghetti before I pull it to bits and do the bits I understand.

I have already asked someone, but if anyone has any of the following....12'' wheel, bonnet lock & catch from the rear,washer bottle,full compliment of switches, a carb, steering column shroud, and an expert electrician :mrgreen:

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Re: Green Cipher

Post by Oaksey » Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:59 pm

Would the loom be a kitten one? If not, it must be pretty similar, ony requiring very small mods. I bet you'd be able to find one fairly easily aswell :)


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Post by speedy555 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:07 pm

Kitten ones are fairly scarce. I have a Rialto one which Im sure would do, but the colours are different so doesnt make life any easier for me :) The one that's in will repair, its just knowing what goes where....even the kitten wiring diagram isnt quite the same (From my understanding of it anyway :) )
I dont know what switches I should have for one, and then there isnt plugs or wires grouped together for them, just all seperate spade terminals!


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by DarrylWebb » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:12 pm

I'm not sure I've commented on your threads before, Dave. Every time I see these Ciphers I scratch my head why Reliant didn't go with this design.
Good on you for resurrecting these.


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Re: Green Cipher

Post by swoakes » Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:23 pm

Geoff Cooper would be your mn on wiring Dave. He is up in the Nw soon to do some work for Josh


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