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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
My red rotar arm comment incase you thought I was being silly did have a modicum of sense to it. As the electronic ignitions here use a red rather than brown rotar arm as they supposedly use a slightly different conduction material.

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
I took that seriously, actually.

I believe the same holds true here for our sources o' bits, though perhaps not in the mainstream autoparts world here.

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Today was the first run around the Long Circuit since the Fall.

Took Grrr, and went rather easy since some of the roads on that route take a beating over the winter, but no big holes and no logs across the path, so the next trip will be at speed. There still are fair amounts of cinders in spots, but that just adds to the play-value.

Grin!

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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Brian,

A while back you asked me about the woodwork on the old shootingbreak. Having finally got through the varnish and whatever else 58 years maintainace has slapped on the Nobby the Moggy, I am now in a position to answer your question. Fortunately my original assessment of the ash frame being sound was correct, dispite black water damage stains, the wood is solid and not oozing water out of hidden squishy bits smiling smiley .

During my endeavours this afternoon, Eric turned up to tell me to pull my finger out, collect the Midge and sort out the carburetors for next Sundays St George's Day run. And there was me resigned to take St Nobby. He also reminded me of the Old Buckenham (James Stewart's old base) Wings and Wheels show on the following Sunday. As I want to take one to one and the other to the other, I best do as I'm bid, I just need to go easy on the burger and chips, as I doubt I'll have time to fit those new leaf springs.

All the best Johnny


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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Hey guys look what I've been playing with todaysmiling smiley

All the best Johnny


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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Oh yes and....
Plus you know I've been saying I must rebuild those carbs...well I've got Saturday to get it sorted as Sunday is The St George's Day run.

cool smiley


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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Looks like a really bad sump Johnny.

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Sarge101st Silver Member Brian S
Carlisle, PA, USA   USA
1977 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Biggles"
1979 MG Midget 1500 "Grrr"
1980 MG MGB "Piddles"
Today, I got the HT components for Biggles the Spit.

Today's electronic ignition system is so clever and compact, no external boxes stacked under the coil, so many fewer wires, just gut the distributor and reassemble with new platework.

My base-o-the-spine is good for about an hour at a crack, but great fun. Tomorrow we'll finish the new wiring, some redundant earths (can't have too many earths), shovel out the extra bits of original system (more on that in a minute) and install the new coil. Then, we run it with vigour and see if we have eliminated the "intermittants".

New HT leads are still coming, then that's the system from battery/alt to the combustion chambres all renewed. Its sure going to look cleaner if nothing else; the system coming out is the original, so yeah I can see why all the big boxes of mysterious electronics from the 70s and the wiring in between might be a bit tired and past its use-by-date.

This doesn't do it, then its contemplation time again. Grin!

I have new shoes and pads ordered for Grrr, and Piddles is in line for a seal at the rear of the gearbox first of May or so.

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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
It's the fuel tank seam that has gone Chuck,

I reckon I'll be okay for the Sunday run so long as I don't fill the tank, from previous years I know I'll need to fill it once on the run. The carbs are the biggest problem as the car is fine from 40 to 70mph but below 30 mph and less than 3000 revs it's like a bag of spanners and cuts out at junctions. As much of the run is on tiny roads and the cars are all sorts a lot of the trail will be in the lower range particularly as my friend Eric is taking his Jeep (so no more than 40mph).

The roadside breakdowns and problem solving are all part of the wonderful experience of a classic car though, unless of course your bag is concourse in which case you carry your own trailer on a reliable modern mobile smileys with beer

Cheers Johnny



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Chas 906 Chuck Peterson
Iron Mountain, MI, USA   USA
1961 MG Midget MkI "Little Red Rider"
Johnny, I highly recommend changing out that fuel tank, unless you want to light up the road a bit!

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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
I intend to Chuck, but next week, the seam is at the top of the tank, the sides are okay. I stonechipped over hamerite paint on the tank which is the reason the petrol that leaked out of the seam makes the tank look so grim (basically the tank made a poor key for the stonechip).

smileys with beer

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healey36 Paul Raith
Westminster, MD, USA   USA
Back in the day they used to sell something called “slushing compound” for sealing fuel tanks. I used it a number of times to good effect. You had to pull the tank, remove the sending unit, clean it out, then pour the stuff in, slosh it around to coat the interior, then dump out any excess. Took a few days to cure, then put everything back together and reinstall. Don’t know if they sell that stuff anymore...probably wouldn’t work given all of the additives and ethanol in petrol today.

Looks like Moss still sells it...£34 per quart.



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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Thanks Paul,

I think as the tank is probably original that 54 years my be it's limit. A new one is about £90 from Moss, time is my biggest problem.

The doom mongers keep telling me that thunder storms are forecast for the Sunday run, so that should make life interesting for Eric in his open Jeep and Johnny boy with my refuse to take the hood attitude.

I see the Sarge has gone electronic ignition.

All the best Johnny

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johnnyw637 Silver Member John Warner
Norwich, Norfolk, UK   GBR
1960 Morris Minor Traveller "Norbert Style (Nobby The Moggy"
1964 MG Midget MkI "Flying Midge"
1964 MG Midget MkI
Fuel tank good to go as long as I don't put too much petrol in. Spare can in boot, so now just carbs to sort

Cheers


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healey36 Paul Raith
Westminster, MD, USA   USA
Sarge is up to his elbows in a stem-to-stern reconstruction of Triumph fire-electrics...I believe he told me the Spit had gen-1 electronic ignition to start, so not really an upgrade, just a sorting (unless I misunderstood).

Hope you have unforecasted good weather on Sunday, John...still damn cold here.

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