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Post by Steve_S » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:01 pm

So I Shelled out on this GTE
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Its had some time spent on it looks like the shell been off and chassis has been painted new brake pipes and areoequip flexes new hand brake cable. The guy I got it off bought it off ebay and has sprayed it not the best respray iv seem but ok.
Driving it home the overdrive was not working and all the trim inside rattles.
So I spent some time sorting out the bonnet hinges that have been lacking any oil for probable 40 years.
Next job was a quick look at the overdrive problem turned out to be the switch
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Just age really spring had corroded away so all cleaned up a replacement spring and a grease up
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there will be a lot more jobs to do
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Post by scimjim » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:15 pm

Looks good in the photos :D


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Post by Diyhell » Sat Jun 02, 2018 1:19 pm

Nice one. Envious of the garage!


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Post by Steve_S » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:01 pm

Diyhell wrote:
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Nice one. Envious of the garage!
Not my garage unfortunately just where I collected it from



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Post by Will Yarrow » Sat Jun 09, 2018 9:26 pm

Looks finished to me, very nice car.



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Post by Steve_S » Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:54 am

Well i have a list of jobs that I want to do one of which is the drivers door has dropped the hinge "A" post is fine the problem seems to be the door its flexing on the home made plate thats been riveted in. Iv looked but cant find a pic of the inner door. Now somebody has made plate is this right a copy of an original or an attempt to repair ? and where I have marked the pic it looks to be a top hat section running up the door, its rusted through in the marked area and looks to be broken further up.
Can any body point me in the right direction to repair this or a pic of a good door.

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Post by Steve_S » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:26 am

nobody got a picture of the door with the card/trim off ???



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Post by willholderogri » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:47 am

nice car glad to see you repaired the switch (not just replace it)
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Post by Mr Bridger » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:00 am

Looks great!


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Post by Steve_S » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:15 pm

So had a play today after work, the car sounds like its choking up on idle took the air filter off and had a look in carb while running and fuel is dribbling out of the accelerator jet tubes so I will have to take the carb off and check the float valve also the float hight and accelerator jet diaphragm , most likely I will take the rocker covers off and do the tappet clearances as well



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Post by scimjim » Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:19 pm

Steve_S wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 7:54 am
Now somebody has made plate is this right a copy of an original or an attempt to repair ?
Yes, that’s a non-original “repair” plate


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Post by Steve_S » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:41 pm

A while since I have worked on car but spent an afternoon making these clips to hold the dash switches illumination bulbs. Made them from some of that steel banding. Not the best but better they the tie wraps that wernt doing the job.
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Post by Steve_S » Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:46 pm

So Im still not convinced the engine is making full power seems to have the go of a 2.0 pulls ok up to half throttle then from there on just makes more niose and no more pull..
This is the vacuum reading im getting at idle to low would suggest cam timing is out and by the look the timing cover has been off.
Or it could be the camshaft is worn and not getting full lift ?
What does the collective think ?

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Post by rebel alliance » Tue Feb 19, 2019 5:01 pm

I'm not an expert (they will be along shortly) but that engine sounds very smooth i think if it was even one tooth out on the gears then it may run a bit rougher.....the max power on an essex is around 3,500 rpm i think i read somewhere ?



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Post by Steve_S » Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:27 pm

So moving on to other jobs the front brakes needed some work as one side would lock up and not the other so ordered some caliper replacement seals and have striped them down cleaned and painted.
But when I was pushing the pistons out with the pedal got one side done and blocked the hose off went to pump the other side out and ran out of fluid odd I thought looked at the master cylinder lots of fluid in the rear section none in the front traced the pipes to the load valve and some bright spark has piped the master cylinder up wrong :evil:



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