Thursday, 15 July 2021
The old Wolseley used to have a so- called " Cable Change" mechanism to connect the gear lever to the gearbox. This worked fine, but at some point we changed the engine and gearbox to a late version. This later version uses a " Rod Change" .This is the same system used on Mini's, Allegro's and Princesses. The one we use is a shortened version of the Princess system. This system has been working fine too, but after a while gearchange got a little sloppy. There is a small pin that keeps the gear lever in the correct position. I thought to exchange the whole unit as I keep a spare anyway, but I decided to just fix the pin in place with a little ring under the cap. This works well, but I added some extra security with a large hose clamp. The hose clamp has a dimple keeping the pin in place and a hole for the other pin, so the clamp can' t slip off.
Quite nifty I think. Maybe I should have taken some more photo' s..
Monday, 12 July 2021
It seemed the brakes on the Ten needed cleaning and adjustment. While up on the ramp I cleaned up the chassis a bit too after an oil change and a dirty session with the grease gun.
Sunday, 11 July 2021
Thursday, 8 July 2021
Wednesday, 7 July 2021
Tuesday, 6 July 2021
I noticed a strange noise while driving the Seven. It seemed to emanate from the front of the engine.
After removing the fanbelt I found that the itself was fine, but the dynamo definitely was difficult to turn and the front bearing seemed shot. I keep a spare dynamo with the Wolseley, so I decided to fit that. Of course the broken dynamo will be rebuilt, so I'll have a spare available.
I must say I had forgotten how compact I had built the whole thing and it was a bit more involved to remove the dynamo. To reach the bolts I removed the exhaust pipe and I drained the water from the radiator and I removed the radiator, hoses and pipes to reach the front bolt.
With the the new dynamo fitted, the belt would not fit. I had moved the dynamo forward a bit in an effort to improve alignment of the belt on the pulleys.
I got a slightly longer belt and all seems to fit well now. There's only the water hose to refit.
It's all coming together again, but after start up the dynamo would not charge. The charging light just flickered on and off. Then I remembered the Wolseley has a positive earth system and this Seven has a negative earth system. I changed polarity on the dynamo by removing the wires and touching the Field connection with a positive wire from the battery. After reconnecting all wires the car stared up fine, the ignition light went off and the charging system worked correctly, so now we're ready to roll again.