Wednesday, 29 October 2014

FHC resto nr. 24; An engine part

Managed to lay my hands on a rather vital, but also very rare part for the new engine for the FHC. As mentioned before the plan is to put a fairly standard tune Sprint engine in this car. But to get a good  coolant flow through the cylinder head you need a water transfer housing at the back of the head. On the Dolomite Sprint there was no transfer housing, just a blanking plate. But for the TR7 Sprint, that sadly never went in production, Leyland did design a proper water transfer housing. But as the TR7 Sprint was axed not to many of these special parts were manufactured. In the mid 90's, when restoring 't Kreng I managed to get one of these through Rimmer Brothers. But nowadays this part is made of unobtanium. So I decided that somewhere next year I would remove this housing from 't Kreng, measure it and model it in AutoCad and see if it would be possible to machine it from a lump of billet alloy. But no need for that anymore, as I managed to obtain this ...




As you can see an original TR7 Sprint water transfer housing. To say that I am rather pleased is an understatement.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

FHC resto nr. 23; More filler


A quick update on the progress of the FHC's paint preparations. The outside is nearly finished with only the right hand front wing still in the epoxy primer  ...



And so far it hasn't been what you call easy going. A lot of filler is needed to get a smooth finish. Worst being the right hand rear wing, but that wasn't much of a surprise when you look at the pictures of how this area looked after paint and dent removal. But got it in rather decent shape ...



Hopefully can start on the interior and the doors/bonnet/bootlid somewhere next week. Plan still stands that the shell will be painted this year ...


Saturday, 25 October 2014

I knew it would be something simple ...

It's been quite a while since my last update on the continuing search for the mysterious misfire on #3 cylinder in 't Kreng. Mainly caused by a 4 week holiday which involved three trips covering the Moesel Area in Germany, Süd Tirol and Great Britain for Club Triumphs RBRR 2014. But I did do some checks whenever time allowed. The most important check was using the strobe light to see if all plugs received a pulse from the dizzy. All were fine except #3. It did get a pulse so now and then, but rather randomly. As the car is running an electronic ignition system this was rather strange as these either work or don't. So the problem might as well be over-fuelling.
And last weekend I was able to work on the car for a full day, especially the carburettors. Really wanted to rule out the ignition first but as I didn't have all the parts needed to convert to points I decided to remove the carburettors and have a proper look inside ...


As you can see they were completely clean inside. At least the two inline filters are doing a proper job. Also no blockages, loose jets, sticky valves or worn butterfly spindles. Absolutely nothing to find that could explain the misfiring. Until I saw this ...


When removing the rear carburettor I found it to be slightly loose. Although squirting some start pilot along the flanges hadn't revealed anything wrong, there clearly was. Only explanation I can come up with is that the loads from throttle lever between front and rear carburettor, together with slightly worn rubber mounts enabled the rear carburettor to move a little and wear out the holes. Just to be safe I decided to swap the carburettors so the worn flange would get some rest. Also decide to tighten up the nuts a little more, so there is less movement for the carburettors. But the gut feeling I had, that the badly aligned carburettor wouldn't be the cause for the problem, was proved correct once the engine was fired up and was still misfiring on #3.

Left me with one final check, change the ignition back to points and hope that would give the solution. But before removing the distributor from the car I thought it a good idea to follow a friends advice and swap the rotor arm only.


Although a long shot, he has seen some pretty weird faults caused by a faulty rotor, even new ones. And as it was a pretty quick swap there was no harm in it. Needless to say that I was pleasantly surprised when I started the engine and it ran pretty smooth. Not yet as good as it used to, but markedly better. Still a bit lumpy, but the misfiring had disappeared completely. So I didn't waste much time and went for a little test drive. She behaved as if nothing had ever happened. Only when I returned home with the engine fully on temperature, it became clear the carburettors needed a proper  tune up. But after the work done over the past months that was easy, especially with the correct tools ...



But it did remind me of the fact that #1 cylinder is slightly down on compression. Giving a slightly lower reading on the gauge compared to the other three. So I will use the car for the final reconnaissance of our Nachtrit next Saturday, and see what effect that has on the compression of cylinder #1. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Baerke 10 years old

It's exactly 10 years ago today that I bought my second new car, a little Landy. It was meant to be used as a daily driver and workhorse, and was christened  Baerke for no obvious reason. And except for a few new gearboxes early in its life (only three and all under warranty) it has been rather reliable so far. Being pretty good in moving lots of immovable Triumphs around (strangely enough mostly wedges). A few pictures of 10 years of action ...















Clearly an essential piece of kit when owning, driving and restoring Triumphs.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Escaping the Rush

With my 4 week holiday almost at an end it is time to do a little write up on yet another walking holiday in Süd Tirol. A pictorial review of a rather relaxing two week's stay in this lovely area.

Our chosen route to the Passeier Tal again took us over the Timmelsjoch.
Undoubtedly one of the best passes in the area.

Lovely rural Gasthof Christl.

Misty track to the Seeberg Alm

Clouds covering the flank of the Seespitze

The Vajolettürme covered by clouds, seen from the Haniger Schwaige

The Seeber See, high on the flanks of the Timmelsjoch

Obere Glanegg Alm in the Seebertal

Gasthaus Lamm in Sankt Martin
Our chosen restaurant for most of our stay

Enjoying the sun in Schweinsteg

Footbridge over the river Passer in Sankt Martin

The Zufallhütte at the head of the Martelltal

Above the Zufrittsee

A small field chapel near Stuls on the flank of the Sonnenberg

On the outskirts of Stuls

Near the top of the Sellajoch

The Langkofel towering over the surrounding countryside

A panorama of the Passeiertal seen from the flank of the Prantachkogel

Duckpond near Pfeiftal

Typical cottage above Algund

Apple harvest in Sankt Peter

Schloß Tirol seen from the churchyard of Sankt Peter

Farm building in the Ultental

Petrol station in Sankt Martin with the car of choice for the local youths

Graveyard beside the parish church of Sankt Martin

Early sun shining on the flank of the Windegg