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Re: Noddys Natterings , fledgling idea for a brake liight

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Just a prototype high level brake light , its in the modification thread i started , doesnt work and not fitted but you get the idea
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Re: Noddys Natterings , fledgling idea , eye level brake lig

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Wrong thread, Dave, or needs repeating ?

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Re: Noddys Natterings , Modern stuff is crap

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The original horn on the Singer lasted 46 years ,although when it did fail it took the wiring loom with it ,
Anyway thats besides the point , I binned all my spare Lucas ones as a precaution and stuck on a modern one , a year later its failed.
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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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Well this has me well and truely stumped :shock: :? :? :?
Went to a garden centre in the Singer this afternoon , apon start up for the return home I noticed the fuel pump warning light wasnt working , figured it to be the bulb so off we went , got home no problem so thought id do a quick bulb change , not the bulb :? :? ,
Turns out the fuse had blown for the pump , so my question is this
A, why did it blow and more importantly
B, HOW DID WE DO 7 MILES MOSTLY ON A DUAL CARRAGE WAY AT 70 with no fuel pump :shock:
Ive tried to run the thing out of fuel on the drive by shuting the pump off and after 20 minutes it was still running , started to splutter a bit on tickover so i revved it up and it ran fine.
Is it even remotely possible to have a self syphoning feed the engine on its own sans pump fuel system
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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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Seen this before on a G15 at Imp Ecosse when it was in Aberdeen, during the run around the track at Alford Gordon's G15 kept cutting out diagnosed as a dead electric fuel pump but seemed to run OK if full throttle runs avoided. They made it back to Maryculter maybe 20 miles where they replaced the pump with my spare.

It had us scratching our heads as well but reconned partially the gravity effect of a full tank and self syphoning, similar to sucking on the end of a hose to start it flowing as long as the lower end is below the level of the fuel it will continue to flow.

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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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bks974c wrote:Seen this before on a G15 at Imp Ecosse when it was in Aberdeen, during the run around the track at Alford Gordon's G15 kept cutting out diagnosed as a dead electric fuel pump but seemed to run OK if full throttle runs avoided. They made it back to Maryculter maybe 20 miles where they replaced the pump with my spare.

It had us scratching our heads as well but reconned partially the gravity effect of a full tank and self syphoning, similar to sucking on the end of a hose to start it flowing as long as the lower end is below the level of the fuel it will continue to flow.

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Could well be , tank was less that 1/4 full although my fuel pump is under the tank so that itself IS gravity fed by default ,
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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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In theory with the needle valve open there is a sucking force on the fuel - the engine vacuum/flow of air through the carb.

I doubt it would be sufficient to start drawing fuel but would encourage it to flow and pushed by gravity at the other.

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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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My clan could do over 2 miles , some of it uphill with just the fuel in the 2 x weber 40 dcoe carbs .. but yes the the head of fuel would just be higher than the carb so the slight pressure would force itself past the one way valves in the pump a good design feature unless you have a leaky float needle valve !
On a similar point i have only had one fan belt break on my imp/clan in nearly 500000 miles when it happened i kept the engine cool with the heater radiator , i have a small electric water pump to help the flow and got back home like that ..
The more simple the better , you only need a pair of pliers , a screwdriver and a roll of tape in the glove box to get a standard Imp going again :-) Ohh and a gallon of water !
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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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Not really done anything today but i did disconnect the fuel pipe from the carbs just to see if it self syphons out in a continual stream which im glad to say it doesnt :D , loom taped the added brake light wire in and im waiting for some newness brake light to arrive , also got another light in the pipeline , il pick the best one when they are both here .
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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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Never boring, Noddy. :wink:

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Re: Noddys Natterings , TOTALLY WEIRD

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617sqn wrote:Never boring, Noddy. :wink:
I agree. :wink:

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Going to attempt to fit a high level brake light on the Vusky behind the tailgate glass , getting the wire to it will be a lot of fun :)
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Re: Noddys Natterings , Vusky high level brake light

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Well after a mammoth amount of work the high level brake light is finally on the Vusky , wiring was a nightmare but i managed to get it from the rear light to the top of the tailgate hinge without drilling any holes , i did have to drill a few small ones in the tailgate though to run the wire through and mount the light , this is a single bulb (21w ) type from ebay bought for £4
Took me 7 hours in total to wire and mod the light to fit :roll:

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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:o "The future`s so bright, you gotta wear shades". 8)
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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Heres how it looks inside , the connectors are there so i can keep the wire threaded through the tailgate in place as this was hell to feed through should i need to remove the light or the tailgate , marked up the interior light switch just in case you wondered what the hell its for
I recon i get carried away sometimes ( or should be :lol: :lol: )

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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Very neatly done :) :)
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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Noddy wrote:
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Looks like you need to spray the hinge blue! :lol:
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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HARTWELL MK1 wrote:
Looks like you need to spray the hinge blue! :lol:
They have always been this colour , its foam grey . :?
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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Noddy, you are a genius! :P I really like the way you've wired that in. Very neat, very professional, very practical. :wink:

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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Very neat and proffesional :o :D .
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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Noddy wrote:
HARTWELL MK1 wrote:
Looks like you need to spray the hinge blue! :lol:
They have always been this colour , its foam grey . :?
Date stamp week 20 year 1970 ! :lol: :lol:

Must be replacements, They are / were sprayed body colour at the factory on the car :roll:

Just getting my own back for you mentioning date stamped electrical bits and no i have not got a 1963 starter motor
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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HARTWELL MK1 wrote: Date stamp week 20 year 1970 ! :lol: :lol:

Must be replacements, They are / were sprayed body colour at the factory on the car :roll:

Just getting my own back for you mentioning date stamped electrical bits and no i have not got a 1963 starter motor
Ive noticed this , the fact that they have different dates might also be a clue , they were on it when i got it so Ive just left them as they are .

Thanks for the kind comments everyone , I do try :D
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Vusky high level brake light done

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Been out in the Vusky today , all is running well after 3 weeks of idleness ,
One slight technical hitch which i never foresaw was the tale tale light on the high level brake light , it works fine except that sunlight shining on the light makes the tale tale light up exactly as if the brakes are on. :o
Soon sorted by fitting an angled piece on the inside attached to the tale tale so sunlight doesnt get to the lens but light from the bulb does , works fine now. :D
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Re: Noddys Natterings , Antifreeze tester

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Ive just bought on of these , not at this price as it was through work , handy bit of kit , tell you how much antifreeze to add if its weak as well , all you need is the coolant capasity,
Just tested the Vusky and its at 55% so covered for the winter freezes to come , Singer and Beemer next

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Antifreeze strength test .

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These only work with glycol type antifreezes so won't work on the new OAT type found in moderns but since we won't be using that in our imps it will be fine.

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Antifreeze strength test .

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bks974c wrote:These only work with glycol type antifreezes so won't work on the new OAT type found in moderns but since we won't be using that in our imps it will be fine.

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Your right , they do other ones for different antifreeze types , my Beemers 26 years old and uses the old blue stuff so im fine for all three cars
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Antifreeze strength test .

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waste of money if you ask me Dave, i use my little finger have a taste if it is like a good Bulgarian red wine then it is correct :lol:
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:lol: :lol: :lol:

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I brewed some lovely Belgian-style Grand Cru 3 years ago, roughly 8% ABV they were, and left them to mature out in the shed, they had no problem with the -10/-15°C temperatures that winter - and were bl***y lovely too! 3 of them (500ml) and you were on the deck...
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,tidying some wiring

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Just been sorting out the wiring in the boot , wasnt keen on the wires showing so using a combo of loom tape and black sleeving I did this :D

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlights

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After tidying up the wiring in the boot yesterday one thing really annoys me and that is the cable entry and therefore my bowl cutout on the passenger headlight .
Because Lucas use the same bowl for both left and right headlights and just change the yoke for left and right , hence the cable comes in on the wrong side,
Heres what I mean
Drivers side which is perfect

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Passengers side which is not , the cutout is below because of the cable entry and whilst bulb change is possible its not so easy.

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So i got a tatty old passengers headlight assembly and had a play , first off redrill and flair a new cable hole , its flared to hold the cable entry grommet so its nessessary , after much faffing came up with this.

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Then cut the new cutout for bulb change easiness , this automatically removes the redundant hole

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Tomorrow il take it to work and sandblast and paint it up .When its fitted il put up a piccy :D
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlights

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Noddy wrote:Tomorrow il take it to work and sandblast and paint it up.
Doing foreigners, eh? Naughty. :lol:

Looking good, Dave - these are the sort of details that take a car up to the next level. :D
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlight mod .

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Do you put the bit you've cut out to any use Dave? I was wondering if it's a decent contour for a buckshee repair section, if a wee bit on the thin side!? :P
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlight mod .

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That's very neat, I like that a lot! A very neat job, now I'm working on my car it's details like this I pick up on, I for the future would like to thank you, for what you will see on my car! cheers noddy!
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlight mod .

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super66 wrote:That's very neat, I like that a lot! A very neat job, now I'm working on my car it's details like this I pick up on, I for the future would like to thank you, for what you will see on my car! cheers noddy!
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlight mod .

Post by Keith 'Supaimpy' Laming »

when I did the headlamp mod a few years back i just used a large hole saw and you end up with neat edges and easy access and a lot easier to cut.neat trick with the wiring though

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlight mod .

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supaimpy wrote:when I did the headlamp mod a few years back i just used a large hole saw and you end up with neat edges and easy access and a lot easier to cut.neat trick with the wiring though

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Theres already a plan on the edges , its ready but need to paint the bowl first . watch this space :)
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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlight mod .

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Noddy, great work. 8) It's these detail touches that make your cars so compelling.

How do you make such neat, straight cuts in a relatively small piece of metal? Did you use a reciprocating saw of some sort?

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Re: Noddys Natterings ,Handed headlight mod .

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ImpManiac wrote:Noddy, great work. 8) It's these detail touches that make your cars so compelling.

How do you make such neat, straight cuts in a relatively small piece of metal? Did you use a reciprocating saw of some sort?

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