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Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:30 pm

After some spirited driving i can confirm the new MME needles are a definite improvement - its slight but noticeable and every little helps as they say .
Transaxles fine now so thats all sorted .
Ive got used to the throttle response set as it is so thats staying put .
Basically its all good to go :)
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by The Nun » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:46 pm

So is that MME needles in the Singer as well now? , I am thinking about SUs, if Frank gets some new Lynx manifolds made up which he's thinking about, they still have the moulds, if so I might swop to them in the future, not that Stroms aren't any good :lol:
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:12 pm

The Nun wrote:So is that MME needles in the Singer as well now? , I am thinking about SUs, if Frank gets some new Lynx manifolds made up which he's thinking about, they still have the moulds, if so I might swop to them in the future, not that Stroms aren't any good :lol:
MME are in the Singer - im still running number 7s in the Vusky - its happy on these so they are staying - Singers engine is much better with a greater compression ratio so that might be the difference. Singer ran perfectly fine on the Number 7s but these new ones add a slight edge :)
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Teddie2003 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:32 am

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by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Aug 25, 2017 6:08 pm
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However a few weeks back now i had a fiddle about with the box whilst still fitted as it seemed to me the only issue was a difficulty in selecting any gear and not any one in particular - like a flexi issue would be - except it wasn’t that .
After much faffing , spraying of lube , anti seize goo and other slippery stuff the problem was the selector shaft where it comes out the box - the bit the flexi thing screws too - anyway its now sorted and gearchange joy has been restored

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:30 pm

Transaxles fine now so that’s all sorted ."

So what was the problem and did you have to take the front cover off to sort it or was it all fixed in-situ?
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:46 am

Teddie2003 wrote:
So what was the problem and did you have to take the front cover off to sort it or was it all fixed in-situ?
All done in situ but not easy - basically the selector was binding in the case a bit - exact cause unknown but maybe foreign object might of got in or more likely corrosion - loads of oil and cleaning of the shaft etc sorted it eventually :)
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by The Nun » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:02 am

Im pretty sure you will have knowing you, but do you have the rubber shroud still on the selector shaft to help keep the shaft clean of any grot that might get flung up onto it?
Many go missing and are never refitted when the box is put back, dont know why, I was quite surprised to find mine still had one on actually, but I always make a point of getting one and fitting it if one is missing which it was on a couple of IMPs Ive worked on.
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:23 am

The Nun wrote:Im pretty sure you will have knowing you, but do you have the rubber shroud still on the selector shaft to help keep the shaft clean of any grot that might get flung up onto it?
Many go missing and are never refitted when the box is put back, dont know why, I was quite surprised to find mine still had one on actually, but I always make a point of getting one and fitting it if one is missing which it was on a couple of IMPs Ive worked on.
It was on there but very loose and just sliding about - its zip tied on now :)
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by The Nun » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:25 am

Good invention those zip ties :D
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:51 am

Ive remade the Singers front fog lamp brackets from some narrower stainless .
Ive found a plank of wood is a great way to set them perfectly level . :D
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by African Imp » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:15 am

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Ive remade the Singers front fog lamp brackets from some narrower stainless .
Ive found a plank of wood is a great way to set them perfectly level . :D
That is very nice.

Are they the same hight as before and is there any reason why they cannot be set a little higher, say level with the lower edge of the front of the car? Imp027
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Sep 08, 2017 2:15 pm

African Imp wrote:
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Ive remade the Singers front fog lamp brackets from some narrower stainless .
Ive found a plank of wood is a great way to set them perfectly level . :D[/quote

That is very nice.

Are they the same hight as before and is there any reason why they cannot be set a little higher, say level with the lower edge of the front of the car? Imp027
Its about the factory height setting , any higher and they get close to what was the sidelights
Factory mounted single fog lamp taken from a road test dated Jan 65
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by African Imp » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:18 pm

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:
African Imp wrote:
Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Ive remade the Singers front fog lamp brackets from some narrower stainless .
Ive found a plank of wood is a great way to set them perfectly level . :D[/quote

That is very nice.

Are they the same hight as before and is there any reason why they cannot be set a little higher, say level with the lower edge of the front of the car? Imp027
Its about the factory height setting , any higher and they get close to what was the sidelights
Factory mounted single fog lamp taken from a road test dated Jan 65
Nice picture!

If I mounted a fog lamp it would only be for cosmetics, I have never driven my Californian at night since I got it back three years back.

The dynamo would need an upgrade, did the Stiletto have a larger sized dynamo? I ask as I have had two of those four headlamp cars, drove at night often and for many hours and never had an issue with the head lamps liming due to a low battery.
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:20 pm

African Imp wrote:
If I mounted a fog lamp it would only be for cosmetics, I have never driven my Californian at night since I got it back three years back.

The dynamo would need an upgrade, did the Stiletto have a larger sized dynamo?
Mine are driven in fog , rain and even snow sometimes and often at night especially during the winter
- Stiletto had a 25A Dynamo , standard was 22A I think
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by African Imp » Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:27 am

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:
African Imp wrote:
If I mounted a fog lamp it would only be for cosmetics, I have never driven my Californian at night since I got it back three years back.

The dynamo would need an upgrade, did the Stiletto have a larger sized dynamo?
Mine are driven in fog , rain and even snow sometimes and often at night especially during the winter
- Stiletto had a 25A Dynamo , standard was 22A I think
Dynamo, yes, the standard 22 amp one is Lucas C.40.1 and the Stiletto 25 amp one is Lucas C.40L.
I wonder do I have one?
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Re: Nods News , Touch wood its all good

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:04 pm

African Imp wrote: Dynamo, yes, the standard 22 amp one is Lucas C.40.1 and the Stiletto 25 amp one is Lucas C.40L.
I wonder do I have one?
The Denso alternator i rewound at work will kick out 20A on tickover - which reminds me i need to retest it
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Re: Nods News , testing me Alternator

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:50 pm

In April 2016 I did an experimental stator winding on the tiny Denso alternator on the Singer .
Its now time to retest it and see if the output has altered at all and see how its fairing after all the heat cycles .
It was 20A at 1200RPM and 45A at 3,500RPM and above .
I suspect its altered slightly but We will see :)
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Re: Nods News , Retesting me alternator

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:00 pm

So I tested the alternator today .
Different reading than the initial ones from April 2016 - might be the jig which is different or the alternator
Cut in 1100 RPM
15A at 1800RPM
45A at 3000RPM and above so it maxes out very early but charges well early on.
As a test i tried the following on the car - pics will have an explanation .
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Re: Nods News , Retesting me alternator- results

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:29 pm

As with almost everything I do i seem to have gone seriously over the top with my fuse box cover fixing - new copper labels , brass rivets and such like - totally unnecessary as per normal :lol:
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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:16 pm

There is beauty in what you do Nods. 8)
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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by 617sqn » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:37 am

Up for a Turner Prize, Dave :lol:

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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:58 am

617sqn wrote:Up for a Turner Prize, Dave :lol:

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Hardly - its just bits of junk cobbled together :)
Looks OK fitted I think :D
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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by The Nun » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:05 am

The Turner Round prize for repair and recycle ? 8)
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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by John Simister » Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:13 am

The upcycled Chamois. A work of genius, in my view.
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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:46 pm

John Simister wrote:The upcycled Chamois. A work of genius, in my view.
Thanks John - not quite sure its true but im flattered all the same :oops:
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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by Lars Hagermark » Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:09 pm

John Ross wrote:Dave

All nice work and actually plenty useful thoughts.

The amount of views it gets says volumes on how intersting the mods are Dave :D :D

Ill be happy once I can even drive mine (fuse box in same place but not looking quite as cool :lol: :lol:

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Re: Nods News , OTT fuse box cover

Post by The Nun » Sat Sep 16, 2017 11:44 am

Just hope the DVLA don't look at all the little mods and count them as a big one and give us a Q plate :?
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Re: Nods News , Life on the edge ( ing )

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:37 pm

Found some nice stuff meant for motorcycle screen edging .
Sticky on the inside and fairly flexible - it fitted my modded headlight bowls a treat.
Also available in chrome and blue - from Halfords of all places for £5 a meter although probably available cheaper online :)
Might be OK on door pocket edges as well but not tried it as yet :)
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Re: Nods News , headlight hole edging

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Re: Nods News , headlight hole edging

Post by ImpManiac » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:17 pm

Lovely work, as always, Dave. :D

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Re: Nods News , Life on the edge ( ing )

Post by African Imp » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:08 pm

Dave ' Linwood ' Lane wrote:Found some nice stuff meant for motorcycle screen edging .
Sticky on the inside and fairly flexible - it fitted my modded headlight bowls a treat.
Also available in chrome and blue - from Halfords of all places for £5 a meter although probably available cheaper online :)
Might be OK on door pocket edges as well but not tried it as yet :)

Door pockets?

Yes, I bought very similar stuff to try and do the gutter trim on my Imp Californian, it is chrome finished.

It was not a great success on the gutter but is Perfect for the door pocket edges :) Imp027
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Re: Nods News , footwell light

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:14 pm

So ive been pratting about again.
Theres not much i like on modern cars but tother week i noticed my mates Jag had a footwell light that came on when you opened the door .
I can do that . :idea:
So I eventually found a small light that had its own separate earth tag ie. not one that earths to the mount .
Earth wire goes to the earth wire on the door switch , live came from my interior light fused supply - simples .
You open either door and it comes on and if you operate the interior light switch it also comes on .
Mounted behind my switch panel out of sight on a screw already there so no extra holes .
Took an hour or so to do .
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Re: Nods News , Footwell light

Post by The Nun » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:32 pm

The Evoque has lights in the bottom of the door, puddle lights, that shine a LR logo on the ground when the doors open, now how about one for the IMP with an IMP figure? :D
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Post by Lotus-e-Clan » Fri Sep 22, 2017 8:11 pm

The Nun wrote:The Evoque has lights in the bottom of the door, puddle lights, that shine a LR logo on the ground when the doors open, now how about one for the IMP with an IMP figure? :D
Some BMW MINIs have a logo light shining from the bottom of the door mirror..lit when you activate the central locking IIRC.
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Re: Nods News , Footwell light

Post by 617sqn » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:16 am

Various focus able puddle lights on ebay. Doubt you'd get a retro logo'd one though. And while you're at it, add a red lamp facing rearward to the door to warn oncoming traffic. 8)

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Re: Nods News , Footwell light

Post by bazzateer » Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:52 pm

617sqn wrote:Various focus able puddle lights on ebay. Doubt you'd get a retro logo'd one though. And while you're at it, add a red lamp facing rearward to the door to warn oncoming traffic. 8)

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A rearward facing lamp won't be much good for oncoming traffic Andy :?



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Re: Nods News , Footwell light

Post by The Nun » Tue Sep 26, 2017 4:50 am

bazzateer wrote:
617sqn wrote:Various focus able puddle lights on ebay. Doubt you'd get a retro logo'd one though. And while you're at it, add a red lamp facing rearward to the door to warn oncoming traffic. 8)

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A rearward facing lamp won't be much good for oncoming traffic Andy :?



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They're fitted to the inner doorframe/trim panel They light up and only show to the rear when the doors open and are normally red, sometimes amber? For traffic coming on/up from the rear. :wink:
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Re: Nods News , Footwell light

Post by 617sqn » Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:01 am

Well yes. But the traffic is still "oncoming". It ain't bloomin leaving is it ? :lol:

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Re: Nods News , Footwell light

Post by Dave ' Linwood ' Lane » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:37 pm

Someone on farsebook suggested putting a footwell light on the passengers side as well .
Well cheers for putting daft ideas in my bonce :lol:
Wiring it was going to be real easy but quite where to put was another thing altogether .
It had to be out the way , light up the floor , not dazzle you when you opened the door and kind of blend in .
Anyway I doodled down some ideas and a few possible mounting locations and designed a cover to go over it .
Eventually i came up with this made from some junk i had lying about and the fortunate use of the works spot welder - Unfortunately im still waiting for the other red lights to come via the post so at the moment its got one green and one red which looks kind of sh!t .
Bulb change is dead easy on both and the lens colour change will take seconds once they are here.
The full effect of all red wont be seen until the other lights turn up .
Not even sure it will stay but it was fun to make anyway :)
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