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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:52 pm 
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James, I'll be checking the battery more often and it won't get left for months on end. If need be, I can remove the battery and charge it at my leisure so this type of charger will be fine for me. The same goes for the caravan battery.

I hoping to get the battery and my earth lead fitted tonight. A good earth will be condusive to a good spark. I want to turn my attention to the ignition system next. I reinstated the original Delco dizzy and I will stick with it. I now think that having the correct advance curve is more important that I thought before. I want to get it running on points and condenser so if anybody can recommend decent quality items I'm all ears. I was considering fitting my spare set of HS4s but I'll worry about that as soon as I've got the ignition side sorted out. The dizzy cap, rotor arm and HT leads are relatively new but I'll replace them if I have to.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:40 pm 
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Tonight's work has been scuppered by the weather and the fact that it took me FOUR hours to get home from work, a journey that normally takes me just over an hour. Snow isn't really conducive to spannering outside even though the carport is a couple of degrees warmer than being totally open to the elements. There is still some voltage in the old battery because I had to get some stuff out of the Dolly's boot on Sunday and the boot light was illuminated. It would be interesting to see what the voltage on the battery is.

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Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm at The Britannia, 239 Swinnow Rd, Pudsey, LS28 9AP.
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
1995 BMW 318i (M265 PNC - Project Bimmer)
2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
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: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:49 pm 
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Good time to check the boot light does not stay illuminated when shut.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:42 pm 
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The ctek charger if superb :D I got it as a free gift when taking out a subscription to practical classics mag many years ago :D
I would not have bought it due to the cost...... But if it ever packs up? I will buy another straight away.
It is in constant use day and night all year, and i swop it between 5 batteries that i have, one of which is over 7 years old and is still perfect :suntan: :suntan:
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:24 pm 
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My vote goes to Varta batteries, since last week, when I took one off a 2002 Picasso and was surprised to read the date on it, it was the 15 year old factory original! I'm now going to give it a long slow charge and see if I can recover it, more for interest than because I need it!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:50 pm 
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Oh feck!

The new battery has gone walkies so that's set me back a bit. Mahesh, the boot light is definitely not illuminated when the boot is shut because the bulb is cold to the touch.

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Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm at The Britannia, 239 Swinnow Rd, Pudsey, LS28 9AP.
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
1995 BMW 318i (M265 PNC - Project Bimmer)
2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
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 Jan 17, 2018 8:06 pm 
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How did the battery go walkies ?

Did you have a break in, or
did you leave the battery outside unleashed ?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:21 pm 
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I reckon adam nicked it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 12:43 pm 
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Matt, I very much doubt it. Some other stuff has also gone missing presumed stolen. Fortunately, the Dolomite is still in one piece. I think I'll try my smart charger on the old battery just for the hell of it. Amazingly, it is still holding a voltage. When I found out that the battery had been nicked last night, I just packed my tools up and went inside the house.

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Meetings take place on the first Wednesday of the month at 8.00pm at The Britannia, 239 Swinnow Rd, Pudsey, LS28 9AP.
1972 Dolomite 1850 auto (NYE 751L - The rolling restoration)
2008 Citroën C4 Grand Picasso 2.0 HDi Exclusive (MA08 WCL - the modern)
1995 BMW 318i (M265 PNC - Project Bimmer)
2004 Vauxhall Corsa Design 16V (FE04 FKG - not mine! Being revived)
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: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:00 pm 
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Take your old battery to the tip, it's goosed, end of life etc. Pretty much any battery can produce 12v or so after a charge but when called upon to do something useful it'll be useless. No amount of smart charging will change that fact.

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Take your old battery to the tip,
No don't do that.
Please take it to your local recycling centre instead.



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:51 pm 
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Same thing. All the tips round here are now "recycling centres"


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I think I'll try my smart charger on the old battery just for the hell of it. Amazingly, it is still holding a voltage.
I would also give it a try again with a new charger.

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Take your old battery to the tip,
No don't do that.
Please take it to your local recycling centre instead.



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Just leave it out, sounds like someone will nick it then get a nasty suprise when they realise its foobar!


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