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Old 25th April 2023, 04:16
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Slartibartfast – I use A-Plan insurance for my Swordfish (following Mister Towed).

Initially, the no-claims discount I had built up on my ‘normal’ car didn’t apply.

Now I have a separate no-claims record on the Swordfish and it cost $180 last year.
(London, limited mileage and driveway parking.)

Cheers, Paul.

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Old 25th April 2023, 04:18
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OK, my usual trick didn't work and I had to put a dollar sign instead of a pound.
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Old 25th April 2023, 11:01
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Thanks Lucky; right ...... Footman James quoted me 103 pounds, which doesn't sound bad but they were pretty pushy and wanted me to sign up there and then. Sorry, but I wanted to see the terms and conditions before committing; so I terminated the call. So, who do you guys insure with? Let's hope I can get this sorted fairly quickly and get the The Old Chariot on the road for summer.
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Old 25th April 2023, 20:17
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Footman James are well established so I'd be happy with a fully comp deal from them at that price. I usually go for an agreed value policy with kitcars and specials. At least you know where you stand should your pride and joy be totalled. They are probably having a slow start to the year because the weather is so bad nobody will be putting their cars on the road until it brightens up , you can understand them pushing their policies !

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Thanks for your various feedback ..... watch this space
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Old 25th May 2023, 12:27
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Good news..... I now have an MOT (with a couple of advisories ..) but the embarrassing news ...... it overheated and broke down half a mile from home on the way back, ! thankfully a mate was with me and he walked back and got his car to tow me back. I'm sure we can sort this fairly quickly; possibly a water pump issue. Again, watch this space
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Old 26th May 2023, 20:29
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Congratulations on the MOT.

Shame about the over heating.

I had a lot of crap in my cooling pipes due to the previous owner not using enough anti-freeze.

Good luck with fixing it, cheers, Paul.
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Ho hum ..... overheating still and blown the head gasket!! I stripped it down and had the head skimmed by about 5 thou and put it all back together with new gaskets all round. Now I have a new problem .... it starts, but then races away for about 10 seconds and then dies ....!
I've checked for leaks in the manifold .... I've checked and double checked the spark timing...... I've checked and reset the carbs ..... but it still has the same problem. Most odd because it was working fairly well before I stripped it down.
Any ideas from you guys much appreciated
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Old 27th September 2023, 17:58
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Sounds like either an air leak between the manifold to head joint, brake servo pipe off or similar. Is the fuel pump / fuel line supplying a constant flow ?
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Sorry I've not posted anything for some time. Had other things to sort out. My Rover P5B needed some work on it but that's now sported. Anyhow ...... the Sammio; with the weather being what it is I've not spent much time out in it. Although the engine is now running well and not overheating after rearranging the plumbing, she developed a wiring problem in so much as ALL the lights were flashing when I put the indicators on !!!! Once again, body off the frame (good job I bolted it on rather than bonding) and found the faulty earth connection. Now all sorted. Just need a fresh MOT. Report later .... I hope
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Taking the body off to fix the wiring sounds like a HUGE job, so very glad to hear it worked.

Hope the MOT went OK, cheers, Paul.
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Hi Paul, Long story so I'll cut it short. Found faulty earth wire and soldered everything together. Put it back together and ........ r/h rear indicator wouldn't work. Luckily our son-in-law (who works in the automotive industry) came over and found the fault with his gizmo. Rectified it and now I have a brand new MOT. Back on the road and thankfully the weather is dry and sunny. I'll see if I can upload some pictures.
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