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Post by Timharwood69 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:18 pm

As of today I am now the proud owner of my first GTE, a 1974 Se5a. It has been sat for a few years but does run, albeit a bit rough, so I need to service it, clean the carb and sort the timing out, are there any cheapish electronic ignition systems that are any good or should I just stick with original kit. The previous owner had already put new discs on it and redid the calipers and drums and the brakes seem really good.

I have read various posts and will go for the ford filter and probably Halfords classic 20/50, unless there is something better? But does it matter what antifreeze/coolant I use, again I was going to get some from Halfords unless it needs something specific. I was also going to dump the autobox fluid and diff oil but don't know what the best ones to buy are so any advice would be appreciated.

Finally, what advice regarding the timing gears, is it worth changing them as there is no history with the car and is it better to use alloy or steel replacements or are the fibre gears OK?

Any other advice or pointers will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Post by peter freeman » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:30 pm

You need Bluecol or similar coolant - the newer OAT is not good for old engines. I have Lumenition ignition fitted but there are other ( cheaper ) ones available. New set of plugs won't do any harm - auto GB fluid depends on which box and when it was made - identified by the colour of the dipstick - black or red. Diff needs 80/90 oil GL4 only - nothing newer. Replace the fibre gear with steel or alloy ( I doubt if you can still get fibre or nylon ones anyway ) ASAP especially if it has stood for a number of years - it will be brittle. Steel can be noisy - but not always -mine is not - down to luck. Halfords Classic is ok.



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Post by scimjim » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:44 pm

And don’t forget to replace all of the fuel lines for ethanol proof stuff (technically R6 but go for genuine R9 or better).


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Post by Timharwood69 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:01 pm

thanks for the info. Where is the best place to get the metal timing gear from?



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Post by rkclodhopper » Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:40 am

Burton Power have alloy ones listed, I have a steel one which doesn't clatter it just whines a bit, as if was something more exotic than just an old Essex.

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Post by willholderogri » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:04 pm

acuspark are ok


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Post by Timharwood69 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:32 pm

Great thanks for all the help I have just got some steel gear off ebay for the princely sum of 50 quid. How do is set up the timing to install the new gears, I've got got an Autobooks manual but its doesn't really tell you how to set it up. Is the workshop manual I can buy on the site here better?



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Post by rebel alliance » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:39 pm

Any pictures of that ?



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Post by Timharwood69 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:54 pm

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Post by rebel alliance » Sat Mar 09, 2019 12:59 pm

Sadly thats not a "steel" wheel its the origional steel and nylon



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Post by rebel alliance » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:01 pm

This confusion is caused much to my annoyance by people refering to all non steel wheels as Fibre .when there actually steel and nylon



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Post by rebel alliance » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:03 pm

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New in the box steel nylon wheel



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Post by Timharwood69 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:05 pm

Ah good old ebay strikes again!



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Post by rebel alliance » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:09 pm

Well not really its the seller, nearly all of these are listed as steel..mainly due to most of it actually being steel 😊 go for a refund Bud its not as described



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Post by David Tew » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:13 pm

rebel alliance wrote:
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:09 pm
go for a refund Bud its not as described
Absolutely, if the listing just states "steel" then you will get a refund. To be honest a used nylon gear isn't worth anything, I gave a brand new one away ...... can't think who to. :wink:

This is what a Burton steel gear looks like:
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It's definitely worth changing a fibre or nylon gear for a steel or alloy one. Before you do anything though, check what's fitted at the moment (you can check this through the fuel-pump aperture). It may already have been changed.


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