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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:39 pm 
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Garage? You're spoiling her already! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Shes gone to a good home!
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She made the journey back to her new home in good time and without hitch (230 miles, about 4 hours)

She's marked her territory in the garage with a small coolant leak from the T piece in the bottom hose, so I'll nip that up when I have 5 minutes and top up the coolant.
Yes, I do tend to be a bit light fingered when it comes to jubilee clips on coolant hoses. I just worry about damaging the hose or the clip!


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:02 pm 
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RUK has been named "Binny" by Andie, after the baby found by the bins in the TV series "Plebs"
She's been for a couple of runs out over the last couple of weeks (up to Skipton yesterday)
I think tightening the hose clips on the T-piece in the bottom hose and on the heater hose connections has sorted the water loss. (Fingers crossed)

Really I don't have any major plans except to put as many test miles on her as possible between now an the Club Triumph RBRR.
That includes a run on the CT "Border Raiders" (an excellent event if you get the chance!)

I think the (very) minor oil leak is from somewhere around the engine oil filter.

If I get the chance I'll tidy up a few of the minor bodywork items, I may even get around to spraying the replacement doors (then again I might not!)

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Sorry I haven't been very good at replying Sam. It's been manic around here!
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I think tightening the hose clips on the T-piece in the bottom hose and on the heater hose connections has sorted the water loss. (Fingers crossed)
Good, I thought that may be the case. The old stat housing did have a hairline crack in it.
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I think the (very) minor oil leak is from somewhere around the engine oil filter.
That might be the seals at the bolt head end of the oil filter housing, I think Robsport do them.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 5:08 pm 
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Not much happening on the mechanicing front right now, I'm short of time due to work etc. and what little time I do get is being spent on urgent Spitfire work.
However today we took Binny to the seaside and back - about 200 miles all told. She ran without any issues.

I've picked up a couple of niggley rattles that I'm going to look into though. One is clearly the glass in the speedo - so I've ordered new rubbers for the speedo and rev counter. There's another rattle from somewhere around the steering column and a third from the NSF door.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:25 pm 
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Check out the bulkhead bush for the steering column rattle, available from the club (I think) in a suitable Poly upgrade.
I have a very similar photo' of my white Dolly but several hundred miles north at St. Cyrus!


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Check out the bulkhead bush for the steering column rattle, available from the club (I think) in a suitable Poly upgrade.
I have a very similar photo' of my white Dolly but several hundred miles north at St. Cyrus!
A smidgin over 300 miles according to google maps! :-)

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:04 am 
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Check out the bulkhead bush for the steering column rattle, available from the club (I think) in a suitable Poly upgrade.
I have a very similar photo' of my white Dolly but several hundred miles north at St. Cyrus!
If you read the thread you'll know that I replaced it.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:30 pm 
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So as you may have noticed from the thread over in the "Dolomite-related" section entitled "Quality 1850 head gasket set" I've become paranoid that Binny has head gasket failure.
Symptoms are water loss and steaming from the exhaust pipe.
I've been in two minds as to whether this was my paranoia or a genuine issue.
This afternoon when she came out of the garage there was no sign of the exhaust steam, so I started to think it was just me.
BUT I carried out a chemical test and it looks like I was right.

The test fluid turns from blue...
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to yellow....
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Which according to the kit instructions means there are combustion gases in the coolant.
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On the up side, James was right.... he did give me a spare head gasket with the car, so at least I can crack on with the job (once I've refitted the rebuilt diff to the Spitfire!)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:59 pm 
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Bollocks!

She hasn't been back on the road for a year yet after being laid up for 20 years!

Oh well good thing I have you that gasket set! It is a payen one so should be fine.


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I've been quite distracted by work, clearing out of my old garage and a few other things (like making sure the Spitfire was back on the road)
Anyway, this evening I finally got to make start on the Dolomite.
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Bonnet off, battery disconnected, coolant drained, hoses removed/moved, inlet manifold detached and moved aside.
Next steps, exhaust manifold off, plugs out, set timing marks, then remove cam gear. Then it'll be on to the real "fun"

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:57 pm 
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You should just be able to remove unbolt the exhaust at the manifold Sam. That should save some faffing with the joints.


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You should just be able to remove unbolt the exhaust at the manifold Sam. That should save some faffing with the joints.
Cool, thanks!

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All the straight forward bits are done... now comes the nightmare of extracting the head studs. Bolts were no problem... nuts fine. Studs I think will be entirely another matter!

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Good luck, I have everything crossed for you.


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Good luck, I have everything crossed for you.
Thanks, I have a strange premonition that luck is going to be a big factor!
(Or I'll end up using the welder and need to buy new studs and nuts)

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