Saturday, 13 January 2018

MGB wiper motor swap and dead horn electrickery

The wiper motor on the MGB has been making scary noises for a while now. I had bought a new wiper motor in 2005 to replace the noisy one. Today I decided to fit it as the noises were too loud to ignore any longer. The horn had also stopped working, so I had two reasons to crawl under the dashboard.
 This is the brand new wiper motor I had ordered from a well known supplier. The strange thing was that there was no arrow indicating the park position.
 I soon found out why. There was nothing to park. Just the motor and worm wheel and even the nylon slide, but no drive wheel or connecting lever.
 I checked the old motor and found that the noises were caused by the bearings of the actual motor and the circlip and washer securing the lever on the wheel had fallen off and jammed against the wormdrive. Can't be good for the bearing I suppose.
 I borrowed the circlip and washer from another spare motor and fitted the old wheel and lever and after fitting the wipers work fine. Even the park position works now. I found the wire feeding current to the park switch had come off the connector.
Note: if you want to change the park position of your wipers you can reposition the plastic clip on the right to the two vacant holes on the left of the wheel.

When I unwound this bundle of tape I found the reason for the horn to stop working: the previous owner had exchanged the original steel dashboard to fit to his later car and he just cut the wires and used these domestic connectors to splice the different wire looms together.
Amazing how this connection has lasted for so long. I decided to take it out anyway and solder all the connections.
Here you can see all the newly soldered and insulated wires.
The horn and all the other controls work fine now. I'll replace the dashboard sometime, I promise.  

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Still flooded

With the river still running high, a short paddle to the east is very interesting.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The blue Rambler rumbles home.

 I can't blame you if you were expecting a Rambler car. I like the Rambler cars as they are very unusual and a bit strange, but this is a...
 .. Rambler Super Zig Zag sewing machine. So it's my first car-branded sewing machine!I don't think it has any actual connection to the cars as the serial number tells me it was made in Japan and the cars were very American.

JA 39, just like some of the Japanese built Kenmore and Morse machines.
 But just like my other Japanese machines it's very well made. How about this dial?
 The stitch length dial and reverse button are some kind of plastic. Otherwise the machine is all metal. I think this one is even heavier than the Einer! Mechanically there seem to be similarities to the Einer.
 The Zig Zag controls chromed metal sliders.
 The mechanical parts are heavy metal slides and steel bars.
 Lifting the "hood" reveals even more steel cogs levers and bars. And it all works beautifully.
The great advantage of one owner machines is that they often come with all the accessories in a special box and user manual. This one even comes with a typed Dutch translation with the manual.


Paddle day: high waters

With these high water levels, the river is everywhere. I had to grab this rare opportunity to paddle the flooded fields. There are quite a few roads now that can double as a convenient boat ramp`.
Usually this is a shallow creek.
The main river is very wide now and the currents are very strong.
This is a true bridge to nowhere.
I wonder how long this tree will stay upright. His two companion have already been carried away by previous floods.
Shallower waters
Some tangling of weeds
This marker usually marks the end of the low water revetment.
These trees line the flooded  river bank. Feet in the water now.
Paddling back towards the dry shore.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Sorting the Serpentine and Exhaust on the Baby Wagoneer

The exhaust on the Wagoneer blew a few holes in the rear pipe and silencer. At first I thought the holes might be weldable, but with the assembly off the car I saw the whole pipe was  too crusty for any welding.
 The cat doesn't look pretty either, but is still usable due to the fact that it is mostly made out of a "stainless" material.
The flange on the cat needed some cleaning, but nothing a wire brush couldn't fix.
 Nice clean tail pipe and box before fitting.
And after fitting and a short, but slightly muddy test drive.
The old serpentine belt has been making annoying squeaky noises form the day it was fitted.  It was a good time to change it.
I couldn't find much wrong with the old one, but the new one seems to be silent now, so I think we can consider this a success.