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Post by Old and Slow » Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:39 pm

On a watts linkage the two radius arms move through arcs in opposite directions; consequently the short vertical link between the arm ends needs to swivel through a small angle; it shouldn't be solid on the pivot IMHO.


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Post by gtcse8 » Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:42 pm

Old and Slow wrote:
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it shouldn't be solid on the pivot IMHO.
It`s a big rubber bush Phil, and if it were allowed to rotate on the centre pin it would soon wear out :lol:
But they DO seize onto the centre pin, don`t think Reliant could afford Grease or Oil in the assembly department :x


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Post by halfpenny » Wed Jun 17, 2020 10:28 pm

Rotation of the link -no, but pivoting yes, as mentioned above. Otherwise the Watts linkage wouldn't do what it is supposed to do. Compliance in the bush must be sufficient if Reliant locked up the centre.



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Post by Steve_S » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:26 am

So fixed the watts linkage looks like at some point the bracket was powder coated and the bush must have been pressed on it was so tight I ended up braking weld holding the pin to the plate made the job easier in the end as I was able to put it in the vice and drive it out



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Post by Steve_S » Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:44 am

I cleaned all the rust off the fuel tank and painted [brush] it with Jotamastic 87 fitted a new fuel sender locking ring and seal, pressure tested the tank to check for leaks.
Also painted the watts linkage assembly and some of the chassis rails around the tank area you cant get at with the tank in.
Drill a couple of holes in the chassis box section and injected waxoil
Just for info 9 liters [2 gallons in old money] in my empty tank put the fuel gauge on the E mark and 15 liters ish [3 gallons ish] put the light out.
I know it wont be the same in all cars but like I said for info
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Post by Steve_S » Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:39 pm

Got some new ramps work well
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Post by Steve_S » Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:44 pm

Made some door lock buttons and have been replacing the fuel hoses with ethanol proof hose
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Post by Steve_S » Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:15 pm

Iv got an electronic ignition kit from Powerspark and a coil to suit this is there high output type.
But I have a problem I now have a misfire more noticeable at low rpm and its probably happening all the way up the rpm range but I don't have the kit [crypton tuner or similar] to test that and its happening before the distributor cap straight out of the coil I can see the misfire with a timing light I have contacted Powerspark but they seem to have not had this problem.
Iv ruled out faulty wiring by supplying the coil direct from the battery
On the plus side it pulls really well now and goes right round the rev counter



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Post by Old and Slow » Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:35 pm

Spark plugs?
With or without resistors built in? (As per a recent thread on mysterious misfires).


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Post by Steve_S » Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:27 pm

Old and Slow wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:35 pm
Spark plugs?
With or without resistors built in? (As per a recent thread on mysterious misfires).
It was fine b 4 the electronic bit and like I said its coming out the coil way b 4 the plugs



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Post by efi_sprintgte » Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:31 pm

Steve_S wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:39 pm
Got some new ramps work well lift ramp.jpg
These look interesting, are you continuing to find them useful?


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Post by Will Yarrow » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:24 pm

Loving the new ramps as well, are they expensive propper stuff or ebay specials?



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Post by Old and Slow » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:24 pm

Steve_S wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:27 pm
its coming out the coil way b 4 the plugs
I thought you said you couldn't tell whether it was at the coil or at the dizzy?
If the only change is installing electronics then this is the cause. Therefore the spark isn't consistent?
Close all the plug gaps to around 0.015" and see if this improves things temporarily. If it does then you are going in the right direction to solving this.
Of course I'm assuming you've checked the timing already.


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Post by gtcse8 » Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:37 pm

Steve_S wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:27 pm
It was fine b 4 the electronic bit and like I said its coming out the coil way b 4 the plugs
Change it all back to before the electronics were fitted and rule out the notoriously unreliable powersprk unit.
powerspark have a problem but always refuse to admit this, there are lots of hits on here to show they have a problem.
Push them for a replacement, or go back to the original stuff unless this was broken too??>


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Post by Steve_S » Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:02 pm

efi_sprintgte wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 8:31 pm
Steve_S wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 6:39 pm
Got some new ramps work well lift ramp.jpg
These look interesting, are you continuing to find them useful?
Will Yarrow wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:24 pm
Loving the new ramps as well, are they expensive propper stuff or ebay specials?
They give you 100mm more lift well made I got them of Facebook market place guy bought them never used them



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