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Rat Rod (won't turn over)

Post by Gillsfan » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:30 pm

It's working. Don't know what changed but I tried it a couple more times in quick succession and after 2/3 clunk's it's now spinning. And constantly spinning, maybe freed something/aligned something?


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Rat Rod (won't turn over)

Post by philhoward » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:32 pm

I was about to suggest turning the engine over a few degrees on the crank pulley as it might have been the teeth not aligning too well, or given it has finally started working then its likely is a spot of dirt of the commutator that's now burnt off?


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Post by Gillsfan » Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:39 pm

Either way, I'm a happy bunny. I tried it with just rat rods battery and no noticeable difference, so it appears the battery is OK after all.

Thank you again for putting up with me.


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Rat Rod (won't turn over)

Post by Oldconn » Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:40 pm

I have a spare starter identical to yours, which occasionally let me down. I have replaced it on the car with something else. Bench testing of the old starter ,I could not reproduce the fault, so I surmised that it occasionally breaks down under load. Frustrating, aren't they? :twisted:


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Rat Rod (won't turn over)

Post by Gillsfan » Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:47 pm

Couldn't help having another go, still spinning :mrgreen:

Might even put the new fuel hoses on and see if she'll start :w

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Post by Gillsfan » Wed May 02, 2018 4:15 pm

She runs :mrgreen: I had a little tinker, just tidying up a few bits etc and decided to see if she'd start. She did and ran, I was using a jam jar full of petrol rather than connect up to the fuel tank, just so if she didn't start I could rule out a problem drawing fuel. But she started and runs. I may have to brave changing the distributor now.


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Post by philynnbob » Wed May 02, 2018 4:27 pm

:D Thank goodness for that.



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Post by Gillsfan » Thu May 03, 2018 3:33 pm

So flush with confidence and excitement and finding myself with an unexpected day off minding a poorly child. I decided today was the day I would change the distributor (posted this morning for tips/direction). Set about putting the cooling system back together so I could run her first more than a few seconds. Couldn't find the expansion tank. In time honored tradition stared sometime else knowing the expansion tank would turn up while I was looking for something else, it didn't. I tidied the garage expecting it to turn up, it didn't. In desperation I checked the only place I hadn't looked, in my sandblaster. Found it :D unfortunately it needed painting post blasting. I only vaguely remember blasting it. Anyway prep and first coat on, hang on where is the bracket. Here we go again, right do something else. I started to refit the alternator belt, looked for the chrome bracket I bought awhile back, guess what. Yep can't find it :evil:

So I spent the afternoon on bits an bobs that need doing. One of which was fit the mud flaps. I bought an original set from QRG 18 months ago, I could find them so should be a doddle.

Nope, I can't see how they fit. The fitting instructions that came with them bear no resemblance to my car. Anyone any ideas?

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Rat Rod (Mudflap madness)

Post by ScimmyMike » Thu May 03, 2018 5:55 pm

Look like 6 series to me, mine just bolted on as the diagram on the 6b, as your photo shows different arch arrangement on 5's


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Post by Gillsfan » Thu May 03, 2018 6:28 pm

Bugger, anyone want any 6 series mudflaps?


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Post by Ian Lock » Thu May 03, 2018 6:37 pm

Hi I am looking to fit some mudflaps to my SE6a PM me how much you would like for them and include p&p



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Post by Gillsfan » Fri May 11, 2018 4:20 pm

So things are back on track. I've been out and done some more tidying of the engine bay, I've changed the coil for a ballasted one and fitted the ballast resistor and she still starts :D

The expansion tank bracket arrived from Brian and has been sandblasted and painted.


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Post by Gillsfan » Wed May 16, 2018 12:05 pm

So I've changed to dizzy. I got lucky and the old one came out no problem, the new one slotted in after about 10 mins of faffing about. As directed by Jim I noted where the rotor arm was pointing and lined the new dizzy up in the same place. I wired the electronic ignition up as per the instructions, black with to negative side of coil and red wire to a 12V supply.

It doesn't fire, I'm pretty sure there is no spark. I've pulled a plug and used a jump lead to earth the plug and turn the engine over, no spark. I've used a jump lead because it's not possible to hold the plug against the block and turn the key (in the middle of the dash in an early 5). I'm about to revisit the wiring, any tips/checks appreciated.

I'm I right that even I'd the timing is out enough for it not to fire there should still be a spark?


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Rat Rod (dizzy drama)

Post by rebel alliance » Wed May 16, 2018 1:16 pm

Take the dizzy cap off and see if the rotor is turning...if not ,pencil drive may have fell out..



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Rat Rod (dizzy drama)

Post by Coupe Racing » Wed May 16, 2018 1:25 pm

Isn’t the distributor driven by the camshaft?
If the pencil shaft was not engaged there would be no oil pressure


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