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oxford1360 5th June 2013 12:43

Looking good. What the freak is going to be bolted to the inlet manifold? A big Weber?

garyh 5th June 2013 13:08

I looked at these a while back, they may look too big x2? I'm still not sure whether to use my Taxi ones... just didn't want the same as everybody else.

Viatron 5th June 2013 13:20

initial thought is to the top i think, hadnt actually thought about mounting them sideways.........

Viatron 5th June 2013 13:36

Rob, single DCOE 45....

Viatron 5th June 2013 13:40

And a coat of etch primer and gloss black later:

Viatron 5th June 2013 13:42

and a before and after shot just for the hell of it:

oxford1360 5th June 2013 13:54


Originally Posted by Viatron (Post 44201)
Rob, single DCOE 45....

A lovely sound as it slurps air.

Viatron 5th June 2013 14:01

and hopefully small children and passing cycilists :-)

Viatron 6th June 2013 11:18

As I am running a NODIZ distributor less ignition system I don't actually need a distributor and my initial plan was to machine the bottom off a distributor and fit a bearing but a bit of research revealed that this would be a bit of a job and I have therefore decided to keep the distributor less all bit not required as a very large and fancy blanking plug! Obviously the major reason of not just plugging the hole is that the oil pump is indirectly driven by the distributor. So I stripped a spare distributor down to its bare bones and gave it a clean:

but then realised that with all the ancillary stuff removed it was full of holes that would allow water ingress. sat and pondered this for a bit and even considered welding some plates in but eventually decided on the easy option, 3 wraps of quite thick Aluminium self adhesive tape later:

Followed by a coat of etch primer

And a coat of black again:

Couldn't find the clips that hold the dizzy cap on anywhere so I used PU adhesive to glue one on, once its full set I will then drill a small hole so I can occasionally dribble a little oil in to keep the bearing running nicely, also fill the plug holes in the top of the cap with PU so that water couldn't collect in them.

Also got my dynamo mounting brackets from the spitfire graveyard yesterday so spent 20 minutes this morning blasting and painting them so I could get the dynamotor fitted

now waiting for a Rimmers and Canleys order to show up today so I can crack on and get the rear brakes 100% done and the dizzy fitted as I discovered that I was missing the drive gear and pin between the dizzy and the oil pump

oxford1360 6th June 2013 11:26

I could have included the dynamo bracket!

All looks very nice.

Viatron 6th June 2013 20:09

Didnt even think to ask mate! Thanks anyway

phil9 7th June 2013 07:13

very nice work can not wait to see body work on top job..

Viatron 7th June 2013 15:35

Another day in the workshop,
Finished reconditioning the last remaining pedal so all three are now nice and clean, blasted painted and rebushed.
Managed to get my water pump fitted even though the thermostat cover bolt holes were too small as were the bolts than Canley supplied, luckily I had some the right size and length and 5 minutes on the pillar drill had the holes opened up, also fitted a new stat.

Also fitted the new stainless flexi lines to front brakes and made up 2 more for the rear as the ones in the kit were, in my opinion, about 2 " too short.

Remembered just in time to fit the new rubber boots to the rear slave cylinders before I did the flexi's!

A dig through the parts boxes eventually did turn up the distributor to oil pump drive gear so if anyone needs one I have a used but good one arriving from Rimmers today... So learned my lesson, dig deeper in the boxes, it did allow me to get the distributor fitted though so that's a step forward.

Just tomorrow left then there will be a bit of a lull as I'm away during the week for the next month and next Saturday am going solo on granddaughter babysitting....GULP...nappies.....GULP!

Plan for tomorrow is to get the rear brakes 100% signed of including the handbrake cable that links the 2 sides, get the inlet manifold drilled and tapped for the rose joints that form part of the lnkage mechanism and then get the inlet and exhaust manifolds permanently fitted. Hopefully I will also have a fan belt the right size as well. Last job on the list is to reaffix the front to rear brake line as it has to be lowered to clear the Ribble frame and I would also like to get the fuel pump and fuel line installed as well. If I have any time left I will try to make a blanking plate for the fuel pump hole and adapt it so I can mount the new style modern coil to it, fingers crossed!


Paul L 7th June 2013 20:54

You build is coming together nicely Mac. :cool:

Viatron 7th June 2013 21:03

Cheers Paul, just a bit bummed i now have a 2 week break with no oil under my fingernails :-(

Viatron 8th June 2013 17:05

Well started out with the best of intentions today, got the front to rear brake line relocated and the fuel line from front to rear in place. Got the manifold drilled for the roase joints but will have to tap it on the car as i got round to finally finish mounting the manifolds permanently.
Picked up a fan belt 2 inches now needs to be 1 inch longer...grrrr.
Started finishing off the rear brakes and totally failed as the quality of the brake shoe hold down kit from rimmers was absolutely appaling, the smal cup washers were made of cheese and once fitted to the first side the pins totally pulled straight through the cup washer as soon as the shoe was moved even slightly. Has anyone got a recomendation for a supplier of these that havent been made in china or india for 2p a set? Also thinking of replacing them totally with set screws and washers but reuse the springs? Anyone done this?

AndyP57 8th June 2013 17:58

Hi Mac. I've had similar problems with those washers and ended up putting the originals back on. Replacing the pin and washer with bolt and nylocs does sound like a good idea and one I'll probably use next time. Sounds like your rebuild is otherwise going very well.

Mister Towed 8th June 2013 18:16

The set I bought was of decent quality. Trouble is I can't remember whether they came from Canleys or Rimmers...

Viatron 8th June 2013 18:17

Just ordered a set from a vendor in Telford that sells the genuine girling ones, unfortunately i dont have any old ones but the picture of the girling ones look much more substantial so fingers crossed they will do the job

Viatron 20th June 2013 20:44

Well i think I've got it bad!

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