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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Mon Jun 27, 2016 10:53 am

Jim,

It never even occurred to me that it might be an issue!

There was a bulb there, so I wired it up.

Doh! Any expert opinions?

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by philhoward » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:01 am

C&U regs aren't the easiest to read but suggest only 2 Front Position Lamps for anything not a motorcycle?


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:06 am

I can always pop them out at MOT time I suppose.


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by philhoward » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:10 am

Oddly enough if they're DRLs, then it seems it's OK (judging by the amount of BMWs I see?).


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:57 am

Not sure they are bright enough to be considered as daytime running lights...


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Mon Jun 27, 2016 12:45 pm

I wonder if there is any wiggle room in what the law says about it, as the sidelights are not actually separate light unit as fitted in 'days of yor', i.e. they are part of the headlights?

I bet I I turned up to an MOT station with an empty bulb holder in the inner headlights, they would complain about that as well!

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by willholderogri » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:26 pm

steve I will be over my inlaws next sat afternoon near brinkworth if you need the door strip I think there is one on my spare car


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:42 pm

Will, I would love to meet you there, however its my 50th birthday this weekend and I am required to be at 'certain places', at 'certain times' like a performing monkey, and I am not sure if I can get there..As much as I would like to. I am required to have a celebratory dinner at a pub near Chiseldon and I have no idea when it will be finished....A plan is forming...I might be able to meet you there briefly mid to late afternoon or I will be at the next noggin.


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by scimjim » Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:20 pm

MOT Manual

Obligatory front and rear position lamps are lamps required by Regulations to be fitted to a vehicle to indicate its presence and width when viewed from the front or rear.
Two front position lamps must be fitted, one on each side and show a steady white light to the front (or yellow if incorporated in a yellow headlamp).
Two rear position lamps must also be fitted, one on each side, showing a steady red light to the rear.

Daytime running lamps are not testable unless they replace the front position lamps. Where this is the case, they should dim when the position lamps are switched on and may extinguish when the headlamps are switched on.

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Additional or optional lamps are not included in the inspection????

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Fri Aug 12, 2016 12:22 pm

Been a while since I reported any progress, just been enjoying it. Had this week off work so I thought I would tackle a few jobs that have been waiting in the wings.

Firstly the brakes; finally re-piped, the fixed brake lines with copper tube. I also put in place the Lockheed servo that has been sitting in my garage for some months now. I knew it was going to be a horrible job, crawling around underneath the old girl, and I wasn't wrong. But it is done and bled. The car is still up on jacks though, whilst I wait for some securing clips for the main pipe run for/aft, most of which failed as the old pipe was removed. Did it need doing? I would say so, and not a moment too soon.

I have jacked up the rear end slightly, as I am still being flashed at night. Still got to finish the job, and adjust the headlights properly, when she is back on her wheels.

This morning I have finally replaced the oil in the final drive (axle) and the gearbox. I should not have worried about the axle, but the gearbox was almost dry! Barely dropped half a litre of oil from it. I have had few selection issues of late, when the car got hot, and she does jump out of 2nd, on occasion, if I am not positive enough. Not that I am expecting any of these issues to go away, but a full gearbox cannot but help. I was fortunate not to have dropped any iron filings out of it. The non-functional overdrive is a bit wet, so that is where my leak is.

Other minor items, oil and coolant top up, etc.

Next week it will be valve stem seals. Should be interesting.

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:19 am

So the brakes were a bit iffy, sticking on and a bit spongey, what with the new Lockheed servo. So remembering the issues previously reported about this servo and using the search function, I removed the 2nd rubber washer from the pointy end of the piston. Night and day. Brakes are much better now.

Now I have to get that GL5 out of the gearbox.....

Ho hum,

Hope everyone enjoys Curborough, I will be at an RAF class reunion at the Union Jack Club. But I am sure I will get to bore them all to death about my SE5a adventures!


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Lukeyboy46 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 11:46 am

Enjoy the Union Jack club!!!


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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Sat Feb 11, 2017 9:06 pm

New timing wheel fitted. Car running again, whoopee!
Bit of adventure, with the non standard fuel pump fouling the alloy timing wheel.

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by Rev Light » Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:42 pm

New MOT today, after the welding mentioned elsewhere.

New fuel pump waiting in the wings, and some new wheel nuts.

Time for a jolly good clean. And the odd bit of wiring.

I think this year I will be sticking to smaller jobs, like interior bits and bobs.

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Re: SE5A Project - Swindon

Post by scimjim » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:11 pm

Good stuff :-)


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