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Old 4th July 2012, 21:30
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Default First fire of the rebuild

After the disappointment of the water leak yesterday I decide to get the brake lines finished which I did. It was dull but it worked.

The excitement came when I fitted the battery, solenoid and starter motor.

I was working up the front of the car with a jerry rigged ignition system to see if the starter motor would turn the engine over. This was done with a mixture of heavy duty battery cable and domestic 3 core and after a few seconds of the engine turning I could smell burning plastic.

No worries I thought, it must be the 3 core so I disconnected the battery but still couldn't see where the smell was from. I looked up and the garage roof was full of smoke. Looked to see where the smoke was coming from and it was from the brake hose flexi at the back of the car.

There are no pictures of it all glowing and smoking but here is the before and the end result.

Needless to say I have now fitted a ground earth cable between the chassis and drive train. I then tested it again and had the engine turning over reasonably without the brake line burning.

Still not sure the old starter motor will spin fast enough to start but the later version I borrowed had different fixing points so it looks like I am stuck with a starter motor and separate solenoid.

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