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Thursday, 14 January 2021

Austin Ten Top Hose change

The top radiator hose on the Austin Ten was leaking ever so slightly, but as the water was leaking onto the top of the head and into the spark plug recesses, I didn't like it. So I thought it was about time to change the top hose to stop the seepage. 

Sometime in the distant past someone had added a system of two industrial steel pipes and three pieces of rubber hose and six hose clamps to accommodate two temperature sensors. One for a gauge and one for an electric fan. I decided to remove the steel pipes and sensors  and to replace them with one bent hose as that is the factory setup. The old system has worked well for the past 22 years or maybe even longer, so it was a clever setup, but I prefer to go back to a single hose for simplicity.   
I tried to buy the correct top hose, but they seemed to be out of stock, so for the time being I decided to use a generic flexible hose. 

This is what I recieved. A very sturdy thing. Though it is a little longer than I would like.

So, I shortened the hose by cutting the sleeves  at either end. Of course the hose was a little too tight now, but I could stretch them enough with my set of pipe expanders. Now the hose fits well, so I filled the radiator  with new coolant.
I left the electric fan in place, though I haven't decided on a way to activate it yet, but as the car has never come close to overheating I'm not worried. If anything, it seems that I have eliminated a few obstructions from the cooling system.   
Job done!

Monday, 4 January 2021

Jeep CJ radiator fix and fuel leak

Due to the current restrictions some of the cars don't get as much use as we'd like. When I finally managed to get the Cj5 out I found that the radiator had a slight leak from the bottom tank. A soldered seam had cracked slightly. 

It was easy to remove the radiator from the car.
Plenty of room to work. 
With the radiator out of the car I plugged the inlet and outlet and used a testpump to pressurize the radiator to find the leaks. 
The leaks turned out to be small and I decided I could re-solder the seam. This resulted in a slightly rough, but effective repair. 
Here the radiator is ready to go back in.

Annoyingly, when I had refitted the radiator and restarted the engine, I found another leak. This time it was a dribble of fuel from the accellerator pump on the carburettor.  

None of my small screwdrivers fitted between the carburettor and the roker cover. I didn't want to remove the entire carburettor (yet) so I made a special tool(bent screwdriver) to remove the pump from the carburettor.

It's only four short screws to get the cover and the lever off.
Though the membrane didn't look bad it was porous, so I'll need to order a new one. 

With the new parts on order I could not start the car without a somewhat dangerous leak. But I needed to move the car out of the way, so I made a temporary fix by cutting and punching four holes in a small piece of EPDM-roofing material and fitted that between the cover and carb. Now there was no leak and no useful acceleration, but I could move the car out of the way until the new membrane arrived.

As soon as the new membrane arrived, out came the bent screwdriver again. 
And a short bit inserted into a small socket. 
Here you see the old and new,  just before being fitted. 

No snow in 2021 yet, but I think the CJ is ready. 

Monday, 14 December 2020

Wolseley 1500 1958


This one is too cute. The drive home showed this car is a strong runner and it attracts lots of waves and friendly comments. It must be the colour too. Very closely related to the Morris Minor.

Friday, 20 November 2020

Morris Minor brake seal fix

Still looking for the brake wobble I found one of the front brake cylinders weeping. 
I thought I could change the seals, but the cup-type seals are different from the ring-type seals I found on the car. It seems these latter were replacement cylinders. Fortunately I also had a full set of new cylinders too, so I fitted one of these. 
I did look inside the new cylinder and found these are the cup-type ones, so next time I can use the cup-type seals. After market parts are not all equal it seems. 


Thursday, 12 November 2020

Paddle under the cloud

The sun sets early now. 
Taking a right
Looking towards the sun peeking through the clouds
 moody refelctions


Thursday, 5 November 2020

Cormorant caught

Finally managed to catch a photo of a cormorant at rest. Perhaps they are getting used to me. Usually they take off as soon as I get the camera out. 


Saturday, 31 October 2020

In the Waning light. MGB Bonnet repaired


Look how sleek the bonnet looks after being professionally straightened and painted. 
It's a big improvement, though they were only minor dents and mainly at the leading edge, the damage was annoying and it weakened the car's overall appearance by distracting the attention towards them.
The clouds reflect nicely in the repaired paintwork

Monday, 26 October 2020

Buckle up in the Austin pickup: fitting seatbelts

 The Pickup is back in the shed for a set of seatbelts. Though seat belts are not mandatory for such an old commercial vehicle, I still find it peculiar that no one ever fitted them to our car. I'm sure the prospect of hitting that steel dashboard at more than light braking has very little appeal to any passenger, so I ordered a set of static belts. 

One of the advantages of owning a very late version of an old model vehicle is that by 1969 the mountings for a set of three-point seatbelts were standard fitment to our Austin, so it was just a matter of removing a set of plastic bungs from the threaded mounting holes. With the floor and mountings accessible I sprayed the bare bits with some cavity wax too.      

The new belts came with all the required bolts and brackets. These are static belts, because there does  not seem to be enough space between the wide seats and the B-pillar for an inertia-reel system. 
Even though the instructions seemed clear enough, I found that when mounting the "A"bracket in the designated mounting hole "A" the whole assembly was upside down and adjustment impossible. After refitting the first set for the second time, ignoring the instruction leaflet, both sets of seatbelts were soon in place. Now I can use those new brakes with confidence!