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Old 9th May 2019, 15:01
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At which point the Swordfish would need to be sold to fund a second hand family car.
I understand this one. My NG TF was sold to cover the cost of my wife's dental work. Though to be fair, it had not been out of the garage for 5 or 6 years. No regrets though. Flat screen meant that it was hell above 50 mph, and at 36 inches internal cockpit width, it was never much fun with two people in.
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Old 12th May 2019, 13:04
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Barber - Cheers.

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Saturday - OTT Shed Repairs
You may recall that one of the new shed panels fell over and was split by the edge of a garden chair.

Well this was the view of the damage from the inside after I'd pushed back together as best as I could.



I then bolted a small section of wood to the front.



And on the other side, there was another section of wood with some aluminium sheet behind it.



I think it is safe to say that should do it.

The good news is that with the repair finished, I could move my storage racks into position.

After a lot of rearranging, I decided to buy a few more shelves from IKEA in the morning...

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Sunday - Squeaky Bum Time!
The plan was to take the Swordfish on a very scenic route to IKEA.

After a trip to the petrol station, I thought I'd include a quick blast along the A406.

Shortly after I joined the North Circular, the engine revs died.

It took me a few seconds to realise that the accelerator pedal was going straight to the floor.

It was a few seconds after that when it dawned on me that I was now coasting to a halt on a major three lane road.

Just as I was reaching for my hazard lights I spotted a left turn ahead and swung the car into it.

Thankfully, the road was down hill and there was a space for me to pull into.

Not easy to see, but the no entry signs / brown fence mark the edge of the A406.



Up went the bonnet…



And a missing pin was the cause of the problem.



Off came the boot lid...



And I was able to bodge it together using a couple of zip ties.



So much for the scenic route, as then I worked my way over to IKEA using side roads.

To say I was gently caressing the gas pedal along the way would be an understatement.

Very happy to park up and get the extra shelves I needed.



Before gingerly working my way home.

With all the Spring cleaning I've been doing lately, I'm sure I came across a spare pin 'somewhere'.

But I will order a new one anyway and stay grounded until that arrives.

"Let's be careful out there."

Take care, Paul.
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Old 12th May 2019, 13:53
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Maybe a bit 'simples' but, why not use a nut and bolt. With the nut not quite tight drill through and put a split pin in. Or just use a lock nut. Scary though!
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Old 13th May 2019, 06:27
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Dpaz – All the correct replacement parts required cost less than £2, so no worries there.

Although, I might replace the zip ties with a nut and bolt while I am waiting for these parts to arrive.

In addition, at some point I will add a selection of nuts and bolts to my tool bag for any future road side repairs.

Cheers, Paul.

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Old 25th May 2019, 08:26
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Not Much
Having repaired the water feature, I was not too impressed when the water pump packed up.

Which meant removing everything all over again to replace it.



I really hope that is the last time I need to touch this for a while.

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I also got some secondhand 'stucco' aluminium sheets as an alternative cockpit wall lining.





As the more I thought about how to make my previous 'patchwork quilt' idea work…



The more I realised the odd shapes and angles in my cockpit walls would really stand out on a shiny flat surface.

So "Plan B' will be to use single panels on both sides and the rear wall instead.

I just need to make some accurate cardboard templates and see what happens.

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I've been under the weather recently, so just one 30 mile trip to report.

Which started after I had replaced the roadside zip tie repair on the throttle cable.



Only took one photo when out and this turned out to be blurred, but at least you can tell the sun is shining.



I then thought I'd try another 'drone' shot, but didn't park the car close enough to the house.



Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 30th May 2019, 14:39
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Short Hops
Took a quick trip to Wembley Stadium, where a large area around it is now has multiple building sites.



Which meant I had a lot of builders taking photos/selfies as I drove around.

Then one builder wandered into the middle of the road as I was waiting in traffic to tell me I needed to respray the bonnet.

Glass Half Empty - What a ****!

Glass Half Full - He must have thought the paintwork was very old.

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I also took a trip to Sainsburys, where parking next to a 'Mini' always makes me smile.



Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 30th May 2019, 15:23
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I still think calling those lardy beasts 'Mini' is taking the proverbial.
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Old 7th June 2019, 08:43
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Dpaz - I'll try to find a Countryman one day, as they are HUGE.

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Made a start…
Managed on 30+ mile trip last weekend, when it was so warm I could wear shorts!

Unfortunately, I didn't manage to get any pictures from that trip.

Still, I do have a few photos from my attempt at making templates for my alloy cockpit interior.

This is the smallest of the three panels I now have and it will go on the rear cockpit wall.



However, it didn't take long to realise that I couldn't actually reach the back wall with the seat belts in place.



So I started on the driver's side instead.





Although I still need to remove the seats & seat belts to get access to the sides as well.
- To allow me to mark out a proper circle for the seat belt mount, where there is currently a cut off.
- To extend and run this panel around the rear corners, where the rear panel will go over the top.

Note:
I will make a separate removable access panel to cover the bolts holding the side mirrors in place.

Here is a very rough idea of how the panel will look and the mess it is going to cover.



I already have a load of these Torx screws to hold the panels in place.



But I've just ordered a load of washers that I think would be a good idea to spread the load.

Once I've make some more progress with the passenger side panel I need to commit some time to doing this work.
( As I will be effectively off the road as soon as the seats come out. )

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Old 7th June 2019, 17:27
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Paul if it's not too late, put big washers under the trim and a normal washer under the bolt. It spreads the load and isn't so noticeable. It looks like a good time to do it with the rain coming.
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Old 8th June 2019, 21:01
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Paul the car is still looking grate I like the textured alloy panels nice touch I wish i'd thought of that before I riveted mine into place doh!
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Old 8th June 2019, 22:53
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Thanks for the update Paul.

Love seeing your motor near ‘normal’ ones.

Dave
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Old 9th June 2019, 13:38
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Dpaz - Currently, the plywood cockpit walls are cover in Tetroseal.

So I am hoping the slight 'give' in that surface will be enough on the underside of the alloy sheet.

Unfortunately, the rain forecast for next week means I will be unlikely to make any progress on this at all.

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Deggsy - Make no mistake, your car's riveted panels will look a lot better than mine.

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DaveP - Cheers.

Which remind me, where are your 2019 Kobra on the road photos?



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Saturday - Windy

I left the cardboard, scissors and marker pen on top of my bins while I went to peel back the car cover.

But no sooner had I turned my back and the wind picked the whole lot up and threw it over the drive!

So it was a bit of a battle to cut out the first part of the passenger side template.



As before, I still need to extend this to carry on around the rear cockpit curves and do the seat belt mount properly.



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Sunday - "Outta Gas"
Wanted to take the car out for a quick drive, but only got as far as the street.
- The car started up OK.
- I reversed out of my driveway OK.
- The engine idled OK (on choke) while I sorted out my seatbelt.
- But then died shortly after I pulled away and then refused point blank to re-start.

So I had to push it back to the side of the road to see what was going on.



My fuel gauge was low, but not empty and it had sounded like a fuel problem.

So a quick trip to the petrol station will a jerry can meant I could add 5 litres to the tank just in case.

But still nothing.

Then I noticed the fuel filter was messy.



So that was stripped down and cleaned.





The good news (I think) is that there appeared to be fuel at the end of the hard line.



At this point I tried to turn the engine over to see if fuel would come out of this pipe.

But nothing happened and it did take me a while to remember the fuel is sucked from the engine, not pushed from the tank.

So I tried to trace the route to the carbs and found this pipe was not sitting flush.
( Photo taken after I had pushed it in fully and retightened the jubilee clip. )



This pipe feeds this 'thing' next to the carbs.



Unfortunately, despite all this, there was still no fuel coming into the glass filter.

Which meant I had to give up for now and push the car back across the street and into my driveway.

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Help Required
At some point I will dig out my Haynes manual and see if there is a trouble shooting section.

In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions for what else I should check/ do, I'd be very grateful.

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 9th June 2019, 15:50
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Looking at all that dirt in the filter, I would flush out the line back to the tank.
Did you flush & reseal the tank during the build-up?
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Old 9th June 2019, 17:18
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Hi Paul, fuel should not just sit in the delivery line, it should syphon out as the feed from in top of the fuel tank is higher.
Because there is fuel sitting in the delivery line I would check the connecting pipe between the petrol tank outlet and the delivery line.
If air is getting into the line it would explain the lack of a syphon and the pumps inability to pump.


From what you say it sound like you started and moved your car on what fuel was left in the carburettors float bowls.
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Old 10th June 2019, 20:07
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I have a back up pump in the line ( facet) I use it when the car has been stood, a good move i think Ac used to do the same, befor I had it I would crank the car for ages to get action, a papal of mine gave me an old glass bowl filter and I canged several timems after the car was first on the rooad, got loads of crud out of the system, good filter is a must,
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Thanks for the replies gentlemen.

Colin - The tank was rinsed out, but not resealed, which (with hindsight) may have been an error.

Mike - I will have a looks at the fuel line from the tank when I get the chance.

Wharfdale - Due you have any more details about your extra pump?
( Like where is located, how is it wired up, etc. )

Cheers, Paul.
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The pump was from ebay (facet i think )
it just fits in the fuel line and a button on the dash, Keith
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Old 12th June 2019, 08:31
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Thanks.
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Old 19th June 2019, 07:43
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Hopeless…
Every since my fuel problem, I've not been able to line up my free time with dry weather.

So I took a chance yesterday morning with a cunning plan that involved some left over clothes line.



This is plastic covered steel wire and I tried to use it like a drain clearing rods...



This was slow work, pushing and pulling, but it seems to be working.

As every so often there would be a trickle of petrol following the wire out.

In the end, I switched to a second section of left over clothes line that was a little thinner.

This was 'rammed' pretty much the full length of the car.

So I turned my attention to the boot area, where access to the fuel line into the petrol tank was tight.



Unfortunately, this photo was taken after the clothes line had got stuck.

The brute force and ignorance I had already applied to remove the cable at this point had twisted the pipe from the tank.

So I had to remove the access panel from the rear cockpit wall.
( Photo taken after the screws had been removed. )



I'd actually forgotten just how entombed the tank is.



I also removed the fuel gauge sensor to see if that was catching the clothes line.

Eventually, I was able to straighten the petrol tank pipe and remove the clothes line.

I was then able to run the thinner line through the pipe with no problem.

But by now it was starting to rain, so I had to pack up quickly and call it a day.

So not only would a garage have been handy for building the car, it would be useful for running it too.

Especially as the tarpaulin is slowly destroying my paintwork.

Until next time, take care, Paul.
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Such are the joys of unusual car ownership. Why not get a Gazebo? I think Aldi is doing one at the moment. Working in the dry when it is raining is a bit sissy, but more like fun. Have you sorted the problem?
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