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Post by GTC Ian » Sun Jun 02, 2019 5:42 pm

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Looking great !
Thanks Steve. Im still enjoying it even if I seem to be spending every spare hour in the garage. Thankfully, Barbara is being very tolerant and has been very helpful when called upon.( I just need to remind her about her SS1 from a couple of years ago)


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Post by GTC Ian » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:53 am

Revisited the lumpy running yesterday. Reset the valve clearances and timing and found a crack in the distributor cap. Brand new cap buggered. New one on the way though. Lets hope that will cure the rough running. Not a total waste of a day though. Managed to refit all the brake pipes and fit the new flexi pipes I had in a box. One of those jobs I had been putting off for a while. I might have done more, but I had neighbours coming round to have a look at the car now the interior is in. Cant complain really as they have put up with my swearing and cursing lately.


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Post by GTC Ian » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:23 am

Right just a quick update. Had a few days away in the caravan as we hadnt used it this year and wanted to get some use before Silverstone. Fitted the new cap and got the engine to run fairly smoothly. Just need to tweak the timing. So it was back to jobs that could be done in the garage due to the rain.With the new seat belts fitted decided to finish the dashboard by fitting the new radio (blue tooth and DAB) fit the new plug and headlight switch along with the gauges. For some reason I now cannot control the on/off of the radio from the ignition switch. So out it came check wires . Looks ok,but still wouldnt work so I refitted the old stereo and that wouldnt work.It appears I dont have a feed from the ignition switch ( on Pete Freemans diagram colour pink & white) So it is back to the wiring diagrams again to see if can I pick a switched feed up from some where. At the moment I cannot see where Ive gone wrong. It might have to wait though as the weather looks good for the week-end and I want to fit the bonnet and doors along with the locks etc. One consellation the next door neighbour is away and said feel free to use his drive so at least I can spread out. Just need to crack on but work seems to get in the way lately. Photos to follow.
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Post by AJL Electronics » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:32 am

Radio feeds come from a pair of short bullet connectors. They are not easy to see although clear on the factory manual's loom diagrams. Look below the windscreen line and behind the speedometer on the scuttle. One is permanent live, the other is ignition switched live.


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Post by scimjim » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:33 am

If you don’t have power from the purple/white when the ignition switch is in the first position, it sounds like the switch is faulty? I think mine is wired to an ignition supply as I don’t sit in the car with the engine off listening to music :D


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Post by GTC Ian » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:48 am

AJL Electronics wrote:
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Radio feeds come from a pair of short bullet connectors. They are not easy to see although clear on the factory manual's loom diagrams. Look below the windscreen line and behind the speedometer on the scuttle. One is permanent live, the other is ignition switched live.
Thanks Andy. I will have a look tonight
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If you don’t have power from the purple/white when the ignition switch is in the first position, it sounds like the switch is faulty? I think mine is wired to an ignition supply as I don’t sit in the car with the engine off listening to music :D
I must admit I did wonder about the switch


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Post by TrevorG » Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:33 am

From my limited knowledge of taking ignition switches apart and cleaning them, it seems to be the radio switched connection that fails first. If you are brave, you can disassemble the switch.....do it in a plastic bag as the springs and ball bearings will fly everywhere! Just cleaning the contacts brought mine back to life.....saved on buying new switch.



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Post by GTC Ian » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:36 am

I think that may be a last resort. I hate trying to put things like that back together.


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Post by AJL Electronics » Fri Jun 21, 2019 10:40 am

Screwdriver points to the connectors in question.
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Post by GTC Ian » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:51 am

Thanks Andy. I will have a root round to find it.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:01 pm

Very smart! :D


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Post by GTC Ian » Fri Jun 28, 2019 8:21 am

Thanks Roger.
No sooner than you feel the end is close, you then get a kick in the wossits. Bleeding the brakes yesterday, back fine. Front calipers different story. Bleed nipple snapped off when I tried to undo it. Tried to get the sub out with the easy outs, no luck. Totally siezed in. Tried drilling it out only to find all the threads badly damage ( half were missing. corroded away) Never seen one that bad.So a phone call to Nigel and a sprint over there where he relieved me of a few pounds in exchange for a pair of calipers.I wish I could earn it as fast as Im spending it!
So all fitted and bled ( thanks Babs)As she said, now I can get the car back in the garage without the risk of hitting the freezer.


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Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:21 pm

Whenever I have to bleed the brakes I approach the bleed nipples with fear and trepidation... At least, looking on the bright side, it's another think you can tick off as back to new condition!


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Post by GTC Ian » Fri Jun 28, 2019 1:31 pm

Thats true. But it is that feeling of shock when you see what has happened.


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