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PostPosted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:52 pm 
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I finally did something!

I reset the mixture by screwing the adjusting nuts all the way in and undoing it 12 flats (or 2 complete turns). I put the battery back on and nothing happened when I turned the key. The first thing I checked was the multiplug connector at the top of the bell housing which goes to the inhibitor switch. I sprayed some contact cleaner on the terminals but it made no difference. The battery was reading a healthy 12.7 volts so I know that's fine. I wasn't able to do much else because I was in my normal clothes and I didn't want to get them dirty. I really need to get underneath and check all the connections and even though the weather is a bit milder than a few days ago we're still in the middle of February. I need to get a new trolley jack so I can get the car raised properly so I can get it on axle stands to get to the starter motor connections which will be the next place to check. I've left the battery on the car and disconnected the earth lead which should stop it from becoming discharged.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:20 am 
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Did you try wiggling the transmission selector? Sometimes the inhibitor in P gets a bit lazy but in N it will start.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:45 pm 
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Jonners, good to see you posting on here again. Hope you're on the mend.

There's no power to the starter motor. The inhibitor has been bypassed (not by me!) so I'll need to check the bypass as well as the connections to the starter motor. I can't get underneath the car until I've got a decent jack and a set of axle stands. I have a pair but they're a bit too big to fit under the Dolly.

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:51 pm 
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Come on Dave, just ask you know I will help.


Here waiting. :bluewave:

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:18 pm 
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Trev, many thanks for your offer. The real problem is with me. I need to get my arse in gear and make things happen.

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:03 pm 
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And I've still done bugger-all! I did notice that one of the wires going into the -ve battery lead is a bit frayed so I've posted a "wanted" thread. As some of you know, I was given a load of parts from Steve W. who was having a clear out prior to a house move. Most of then were of no use to me and I hat to see them go to waste so I've been offering them to club members for free. There were a few things that I've decided to keep including a set of Lucas 45D4 points, a nearside door mirror, a brake pad fitting set (pins & shims), a wheel cylinder fitting kit and some trim clips (I bought some but it is handy to have spares and I now have the clips to fit the sill trim which I didn't order).

I really need to get my skates on if I'm going to get NYE back on the road before James' "Project Recomission"!

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:01 pm 
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I finally got my finger out and did something! Not much but better than nothing.

I fitted the upper chrome trims on the offside doors.
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Next I did the lower trim on the nearside doors.
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I know it isn't much but every job done is one step further along. With the milder weather and longer days, I'm more inclined to do some work which I'm hoping will kick start my enthusiasm.

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

"I can help you stop smoking in bed. Buy a water bed and fill it with petrol." - Bob Monkhouse OBE (1928-2003)


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:17 pm 
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I've now fitted the sill strip on the nearside. Among the job lot of parts were some trim clips which I knew would come in useful.
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There's just the bit of trim on the wing and I'll have a full compliment of chrome trim on the nearside. I also fitted the spare wheel on the front nearside because the tyre was flat (faulty valve). Not much but progress is progress.

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:10 am 
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Seems rusty

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 6:01 pm 
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That's the least of my worries. I've gotta get the engine running again.

I connected the battery -ve lead and there was nothing from the starter. After some fiddling with the inhibitor bypass the starter came back to life. It took quite a bit of cranking before it started to fire by which time the battery was running down so I've taken it out and I've put it on charge. If I can't get it to run after this I'm putting the rubber mounts back on. It was running fine before I fitted the solid mounts.

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:04 pm 
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Probably took ages because you needed to fill the carb float chambers after a long lay up.

I always pull the plugs to save the starter then crank the engine over to fill the float bowls after a long lay up, I'll be doing this on RUK.

Or you can just disconnect the inlet at the pump and fill it through the hose! :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:21 pm 
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That's the least of my worries. I've gotta get the engine running again.

I connected the battery -ve lead and there was nothing from the starter. After some fiddling with the inhibitor bypass the starter came back to life. It took quite a bit of cranking before it started to fire by which time the battery was running down so I've taken it out and I've put it on charge. If I can't get it to run after this I'm putting the rubber mounts back on. It was running fine before I fitted the solid mounts.
That would have the same effect when sanding all the paint off and paint it brown again because it did run when it was brown. As you always say yourself, start at the beginning. Fuel? Spark? Timing? If all ok it should run.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:02 pm 
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I'm back to where I was before. I've checked the ignition timing and set it from scratch. I turned the engine and lined up the timing marks and checked the position of the rotor arm was in line with the mark I'd made on the dizzy body which is in line with the No. 1 lead on the cap. I have a small 7/16" combination spanner in the glovebox which is handy for the dizzy bolts. Once I was satisfied that the timing was fine I was about to start on the carbs but I got interrupted. Among the stuff I'd kept from the parts haul from Steve W. were a set of spark testers that flash whenever the HT leads are firing so they'll come in useful. The engine is on the verge of running so I'm not far off...

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:52 am 
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I'm back to where I was before. I've checked the ignition timing and set it from scratch. I turned the engine and lined up the timing marks and checked the position of the rotor arm was in line with the mark I'd made on the dizzy body which is in line with the No. 1 lead on the cap. I have a small 7/16" combination spanner in the glovebox which is handy for the dizzy bolts. Once I was satisfied that the timing was fine I was about to start on the carbs but I got interrupted. Among the stuff I'd kept from the parts haul from Steve W. were a set of spark testers that flash whenever the HT leads are firing so they'll come in useful. The engine is on the verge of running so I'm not far off...
I wouldn't touch the timing or carbs if it was running fine before the lay-up. It is probably just a bit of oxidation on the points, or a bit of dirt on the plugs. I am sure a good charge of the battery should have it going.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:27 pm 
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A bit late for that. I've already been messing about with all the settings so I'll have to start from scratch. I keep on getting sidetracked so I don't seem to make any progress at the moment.

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Meetings take place on the 1st Wednesday of every month at The Hollies Sports & Social Club, 12 Hough Lane, Bramley, Leeds, LS13 3NE
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
Former stable of SAY 414M (1974 Toledo), GRH 244D (1966 1300fwd), CDB 324L (1973 1500fwd), GGN 573J (1971 1500fwd), DCP 625S (1977 Dolomite 1300) & LCG 367N (1975 Dolomite Sprint) plus 5 Acclaims and that's just the Triumphs!

Check my blog at http://triumphtoledo.blogspot.com

"I can help you stop smoking in bed. Buy a water bed and fill it with petrol." - Bob Monkhouse OBE (1928-2003)


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