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3 days ago
dolomitefan
When we have that amount of snow here in England it paralizes the whole country, it's so embarrassing.
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5 days ago
dolomitefan
If I can get the nuts undone and the studs are OK I might replace them with brass ones, they don't tend to corrode on then. I had to replace the full system on a Triumph once, 3 studs on the manifold, 2 were fine, one snapped. I'll start soaking the nuts with some penetrating fluid I think. It'll be a while before the muffler fails completely.
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5 days ago
dolomitefan
Yesterday was a landmark event. Following the fitment of the seatbelts the wife was quite happy to be a passenger in the Greenbrier for the first time since purchase! We didn't go far, just about 15 miles to our accountants but she didn't express hatred for it. Just a couple of issues on the trip. The heater is just rubbish, we were both freezing cold by the time we got back. I know the heater
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7 days ago
dolomitefan
Front seatbelt install completed. I opted for 3 pointers in the end. With no factory mounts I had to do it all myself. Worst part was the upper pillar plate which I installed using some wire, patience and cunning.
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11 days ago
dolomitefan
There's some good advice to follow there. I'll be sure to have a good look this weekend when hopefully it'll be light and dry. Lucas electrics, know all about those on the Triumph. Coincidentally I used to work in a building which made wiring looms for Lucas, very dysfunctional building with a lot of problems. Just like Lucas wiring! Thanks everyone for their help so far.
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12 days ago
dolomitefan
Is there a way of testing the windings and/or switch without completely dismantling? I can only assume that if the solenoid is energised it will continue to draw current and turn the starter even if the key is totally removed from the switch, surely once the switch is off it's off? I don't know how easily the part is to get to.
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12 days ago
dolomitefan
I'm new to the Corvair fraternity but not new to classic cars and my current problem seems odd. Cold starting the GB is quite hard work but that's not the real issue. When cold sometimes the engine continues to turn over on the starter even though the ignition switch has been switched off and sometimes even when the key is removed. The problem does not occur every time and when the engine catc
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18 days ago
dolomitefan
That's a nice install. I might be tempted to do something similar, though not convinced I want to open up the frame. Will do some measuring and see the effect of keeping it just outside the box as it were.
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19 days ago
dolomitefan
Aside from securing the battery properly, washing and polishing, some greasing and and oil change my biggest job is to fit some seat belts to the front bench seat. I've had a look but clearly my van is too early for factory fit mounting holes so I'm going to have to get creative. Feeling around underneath I can see it's basically impossible to get to the ideal location without removing the gas
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29 days ago
dolomitefan
Personally rust repair is slightly easier because at least nothing has bent out of shape so you have more reference points. Once your whole back, side, or front end has been stoved in then it can be difficult to work out what goes where.
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29 days ago
dolomitefan
My daily is a BMW so I don't use my indicators, people know where I'm going.
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30 days ago
dolomitefan
I think the positive clamp is pretty manky (do you use that word in the US?) and quite corroded. The existing battery was not clamped into the tray so I'll be fashioning something to hold it more securely. I work for a classic car company and fortunately we have a lot of items on the shelf, I just need some daylight and half an hour and it'll be sorted. The positive terminal may clean up OK,
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4 weeks ago
dolomitefan
Ran into my first problem last night. I thought a trip to the shops would be a good opportunity to take the van out. I'm a bit out of practice with a choke so that was the first challenge. Van turned over a bit, then wouldn't stop unless I wiggled the ignition switch even though the key was out! Anyway shortly after this I had now power at all, battery had died. I removed it and popped it on
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5 weeks ago
dolomitefan
azdave Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Stay safe and have fun in 2018! > > > BTW...I see other cars in your photo that I assume > are also awaiting import? I can understand > importing a Corvette or a Cobra but a Prius? Maybe > that is the "shop" car. :) They had all kinds of cars there, mostly from the US. Cobra's, Pontiacs, truc
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5 weeks ago
dolomitefan
Yesterday I finally collected our 1961 Corvair Greenbrier. Despite some horrible driving conditions I'm very pleased with it and we drive the 100 miles or so home without drama. Looking forward to the 2018 show season and meeting some of the other UK based Greenbriers. I reckons there's no more than 6 or 7 here. Oddly there was another one at the import company until Monday so just missed it.
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
What a shame it's so far from me but I do have friends in Indianapolis which isn't that far away if the map is to be believed.
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
Why go to a show which costs a lot of money when you can sit at home and wait for the orders to come through you via the web? I've seen a huge amount of this at events in recent years but it is a shame. I think some people call this progress but I just find it a shame.
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3 months ago
dolomitefan
No good reason to use thread seal on brake pipes though I would recommend using copper grease anti sieze. Do you guys over the pond every use Kunifer (Copper Nickel) for brake lines? Good stuff, safer than Copper and lasts a very long time. Only downside is you have to make your own lines but it's not difficult with the right bending and flaring tools.
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3 months ago
dolomitefan
It's a nicely done conversion from the video I saw on You Tube. Range is a problem with most electric vehicles and 72v doesn't mean anything, it's all about KWh with battery packs. Not sure why he's decided to keep the PG either, you'll have a lot of losses by going through a gearbox. Would I pay $50K+ no but you have to admire the engineering involved
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4 months ago
dolomitefan
Yes nearside is the side closest to the kerb, drivers side in this case. Offside will be the passenger side on this van. It's very confusing I always refer to driver side and passenger side and of course this changes on RHD and LHD. We should be able to get most parts over here. Not sure if we can get the exact pump off the shelf but for the purposes of the test one can probably be adapted to
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4 months ago
dolomitefan
19sixty5 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Wow, "windscreen washer provides insufficient > washer liquid" how do they measure that? It's not that technical. They press the button and see if anything comes out. So for example if your bottle is not filled it will fail. Cars have their first MOT at 3 years and then every year after that. Except cars re
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4 months ago
dolomitefan
Well it seems like ages that I purchased my Greenbrier, in fact in was the end of May. It took ages to get on the ship over to Europe and then ages to organise the import duty and get it to the import center. Virtually all cars in the UK need to have an MOT, which is an annual roadworthiness inspection. The rules are changing next year but that's another story. Anyway our Greenbrier underwent
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4 months ago
dolomitefan
Not a publication we get here in little old England but perhaps it'll appear on their website.
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5 months ago
dolomitefan
I am increasingly finding I have a lot of tools, to the point where I purchased two new tool chests a month or too back. Wrenches, I also have lots, I find I have my favourites even if I have several of the same size. My wife once asked if I 'needed' to buy a particular tool. My response was "never question the need to buy tools". I still stand by that statement.
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5 months ago
dolomitefan
Hopefully they will not code out the fix
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6 months ago
dolomitefan
Of course it would have made more sense to fit a Tatra air cooled V8. I doubt many people have ever heard of such a car but it would keep the air cooled theme going
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6 months ago
dolomitefan
Not sure why so many moderns have got discs on the back. Prime example is my Mazda MX5. Weighs as much as a sandwich yet has discs on the back which crud up, rust and generally don't work. Contrast with my old drum equipped Ford Focus which in 150,000 miles needed no maintenance on the rear drums.
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6 months ago
dolomitefan
I also run other classic cars and for those there's plenty of oils to choose from with a decent level of ZDDP in them. Changing oil every 1000 miles? really I would have thought that somewhat excessive. I don't do huge mileages in my classics (one of them is in bits) so I tend to just change once a year, typically 3-5000 miles. Must admit my daily BMW has up to 20,000 mile intervals which seem
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6 months ago
dolomitefan
10w30 is a very rare grade in the UK for some reason so I'll be interested to see my options when I eventually get my van over here and need to do an oil change. There's loads of 10w40 but a lot is a modern formula so no good on the ZDDP content. I have seen some 10w30 but it's either aimed at motorcycles or farm machinery.
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6 months ago
dolomitefan
I'm from the UK and I sent money direct via the bank, it seemed easiest. As long as everyone's OK and confident that the sale is genuine then I see no reason to use a third party. However I know if you use Ship My Car in the UK for example then they will recommend using this sort of service. I look forward to my van arriving soon and meeting other Greenbrier owners in the UK, they seem to be g
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