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8 days ago
dolomitefan
I don't rate the horseshoe type flaring tools for cunifer. OK for copper but Cunifer is much tougher to flare well. It works best when used with the best tools. I recently purchased a lever type tool from Ebay but unfortunately I couldn't produce good flares with it. On close inspection I found the die was not being brought towards the punch square so it produced wonky flares every time. I'
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9 days ago
dolomitefan
Well that would be amazing if that happens, will save me having to find an alternative. I believe I'm on notify for the product so hopefully I might hear some good news very soon. Thanks by the way to the 2 lovely ladies I spoke to yesterday, they were both very helpful! clarkscorvair Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Our supplier says he is shipping thes
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9 days ago
dolomitefan
I must admit I was surprised that they didn't have stock, especially if the modification is relatively small. I do see that Mike's lists 2 types, one for car and one for van but don't know about availability or fit. Does anyone have a comparison photo between the 2 side by side? I don't have the tools for reshaping but potentially I could find someone that does if it meant getting the right
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10 days ago
dolomitefan
I'm replacing the whole exhaust on my 61 FC. Clarks have run out of stock and these are currently on notify so no idea when they might be available. Can anyone recommend an alternative supplier of the crossover pipe for an FC. I don't want to ship one all the way to England to find the fit is rubbish. I might be able to have one made locally but would prefer to use one that fits out of the box
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22 days ago
dolomitefan
This has been for sale on a well know classic car website for a very long time. It's certainly eye catching and I love the ambulance details but it is priced very optimistically.
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24 days ago
dolomitefan
I shall be visiting the Nashville area May 4th-6th or so and it would be great if any fellow FC owners wanted to have a quick meet up? I'll be flying into and out of Atlanta I think. Hopefully I can pick up a few parts to take back to England with me too.
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27 days ago
dolomitefan
Have to say that generally in my experience cheap tools, especially specialist type ones rarely perform as well as more expensive better quality ones. I've been fortunate enough to be able to purchase good quality tools that have got me out of many a pickle. Sometimes though new ones are too expensive so then I look for good used ones. I've picked up some real bargains over the years including so
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28 days ago
dolomitefan
Super thanks. My kit will do this no problem.
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28 days ago
dolomitefan
I've just purchased a good quality used tool as I need to make some new lines on my GB. What style flares are required? I think the set will do just about anything as it seems comprehensive.
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4 weeks ago
dolomitefan
Not scratching something is a real challenge believe me.
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4 weeks ago
dolomitefan
I do like braided hoses, they look nice and keep well albeit at the expense of originality. Can you buy Goodridge branded hoses in the US? They will make any size and are readily available in Europe, very high quality and not made of Chinesium. You're correct regarding the principle of operation, though in practice I doubt you'll notice that much difference under normal street driving condi
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5 weeks ago
dolomitefan
Soda blasting or glass bead, great for cast components. Regular 'sand' is a little coarse.
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5 weeks ago
dolomitefan
My wife's new car doesn't have a CD player we noticed when wondering where to put the disc in. Coming to think of it there's no ashtray either, only got 3 cylinders too!
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5 weeks ago
dolomitefan
If it's a German car it will have a massive ash tray or in my case a removable pot the size of a small soda can complete with a lid. Doesn't have a lighter though. French cars used to have more ashtrays than anything else but they seem to have cut down now. We did have a customer's Austin Healey in recently and it didn't have an ashtray so he just used the floor, not nice. Still at a loss w
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5 weeks ago
dolomitefan
I do love that underside shot. The colour looks good too.
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5 weeks ago
dolomitefan
Perhaps a bit of a newbie question but did all FC's have the same gear shift indicators on the dash whether they were 3 or 4 speed? I have a 3 speed but I have a 2, 3 and 4 on mine. Just wondered.
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8 weeks ago
dolomitefan
I think they look pretty neat, a nice detail. I'm not into 100% originality like this but I know how important it is for some people.
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8 weeks ago
dolomitefan
I have to fit a new exhaust to my van. I put some penetrating oil on the nuts yesterday and I was able to move them slightly. I suspect though that I'll be lucky to undo all 4 without breaking a stud long the way. Now ideally I don't want to remove the manifolds so if I have a problem I'll have to try and do it with the manifolds installed. I'm really not looking forward to doing the job to be
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
This weekend I had my new tyres fitted. 3 were very old (1994/5) judging by the date code, the other one was an odd size and the spare was a cross ply which is not legal to use here when all the others are radials. The slightly odd sized one has been promoted to spare tyre and 4 new boots were installed in total. Though they were more expensive I went for Hankook tyres with a white band on them a
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
I visited a few years ago during the previous shutdown. My NASA tour in Houston was cancelled. Politicians from all sides should just grow up and make a decision. It's not helpful to send people home, even if it does mean more time available on hobbies. Thankfully no such thing has happened here but with Brexit looming who knows!
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
I'd love to find out more about my van but I don't think it's possible to access records to find out more. I've gone back to 1985 and North Carolina so far but I'm keen to find out what it did between 1961 and then, it only did 11,000 miles in that time. Maybe it was a NC vehicle from new?
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
I have seen some really nice wheels, they were described as a Supreme mag which I think is a generic style rather than a brand. The ones I saw on the thread here were 14" I'm going to go with the standard and original steel wheel for now but I might be interested in some of these Supreme wheels if someone can suggest who supplies them in an appropriate size and backspacing.
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
Thanks. I have to say everyone involved in this hobby seems very friendly and helpful. I'd go so far as saying you're a nicer bunch than the Triumph lot I'm involved with!
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2 months ago
dolomitefan
I've always had an odd tyre, sorry tire on the GB which is a 185/70 14. The other 3 are 195 75 14's. I was looking for a tire to match but thought I should check the date of the other 3. Annoyingly the date was stamped on the inside edge not the outside but they read 404 indicating they are really rather old so looks like I'll be replacing all of them. The spare is actually a cross ply so lega
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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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3 months 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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