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  1. clive

    Classic Life/Richard

    I spoke to Richard earlier (mainly about other stuff, he is local and a good friend) However, he asked that I should post that he is fine, but won't be returning to this forum (or probably any other that a certain person frequents) He will remain a TSSC member, and carry on, when allowed, with local meetings etc. He has always been great at organising small meet-ups for breakfast or whatever, not to mention the many large meetings for a local multi-marque club. He still loves his Vitesse (an indeed the other 2 classics in his stable) so he may be spotted by some of you. I am hoping to drag him to Malvern, and probably the spares day. He also asked that I pass on his thanks to those who have been supportive, you know who you are.
    6 points
  2. clive

    Triumphs in Emsworth

    Misquoted article. That is about particulates INSIDE houses with sensors located close to the stoves. Nothing to do with atmospheric pollution. This study concerns the levels of particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM1) released by residential stoves inside the home during ‘real world’ use Besides, do you read all these articles before linking, or just google then blindly copy and paste the link?
    3 points
  3. Iain T

    Joke

    Nighttime laughter *NO ONE BELIEVES SENIORS … EVERYONE THINKS THEY ARE SENILE*. An elderly couple was celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered. They found the old desk they'd shared, where Jerry had carved "I love you, Sally". On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armoured car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money - fifty thousand dollars! Jerry said,: "We've got to give it back." Sally said: "Finders keepers." She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic. The next day, two police officers, who were canvassing the neighbourhood looking for the money, knocked on their door. "Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armoured car yesterday?" Sally said: "No." Jerry said: "She’s lying. She hid it up in the attic." Sally said: "Don't believe him, he’s getting senile." The agents turned to Jerry and began to question him. One said: "Tell us the story from the beginning." Jerry said: "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday .." The first police officer turned to his partner and said: "Let’s get out of here." *TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE* 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀
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  4. clive

    Triumphs in Emsworth

    Oh, let me think. Maybe a random google answer? But I a sure somebody will know?
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  5. Perhaps the club would consider an online library of parts files for people to download and print at home if they had the kit. There could be a fee for download like with Amazon Kindle. The club would take a fee for hosting the library and the author of the file a fee for their work. No stock holding, on demand production. If you don't have the 3d printing kit, download the file and get a friend or even a professional company to print it. Just a couple of thoughts over coffee. Better than reading the news.
    2 points
  6. PeteH

    Triumphs in Emsworth

    Perhaps, somewhat sadly really. I reckon it is. I am so sick of being preached at by wet behind the ears Children, that I have ruined their Planet. So fed up in fact that I have decided I will plough my own furrow. I belong to the original recycling generation. The one that "repaired" things, and still do, not left them broken in the streets. The ones who had Paper bags, who`s bread and other comsumables did not come in 4 layers of plastic because "it looks nice" on the shelf. It`s part of the reason why at an advanced age I am restoring (very slowly I admit) a 50 year old car. The "modern generation" of critics are the one`s who left behind a mountain of rubbish to be cleared up at great expense to the taxpayers after a "demonstration" in support of a cleaner greeener planet (how`s that for Hypocrisy?). The same ones who daily drop litter everywhere, and then think they are "better" because they spent 1/2 a day picking rubbish off a beach?. They forget WHO, gave them the technology they take for granted?. Who designed the Labour saving devices they use daily. They do not have to walk several miles to school, they get bused, OR parent takes them, in massive SUV`s (how good is that for the environment), we had a bicycle (if we where that lucky). It`s about time all the "preachers" started practising what they preach. Go and protest, In Bejing, Moscow, Delhi, and all the other places. Pete
    2 points
  7. dougbgt6

    Joke

    2 points
  8. I received this from Brian a local herts and beds member makes interesting read and will in the future be a page in the Courier Pete here is my Neighbour Bill's life with Strombergs Thanks to you Pete in the first instance, for tackling the difficult job of salvaging the carbs which as you well know, were in a terrible state and for attending to the fuel pump I pushed the old girl out of the garage the other day and attempted to start her - it was about 6 weeks ago since I fired her up - but for some reason the fuel pump was not priming, I may have had an airlock, so took adjoining pipes off to get a flow of petrol and will have another go at starting the car in the next few days. Battery is on charge at the moment and the weather doesn't look too good. Hope to see you all once these restrictions lift. The car is insured, 'taxed' and nearly ready to go. Best wishes, Brian A Step Down Memory Lane My neighbour, Brian Copeland, who owns a GT6 Mark One, which had been in storage for 30 years, one day recently proudly pushed it out of the garage and announced a refurbishment was about to take place. Opening the bonnet showed a straight six engine complete with mice nests and cobwebs etc and lo and behold two Stromberger carburettors under the dust. Trust me to open my big mouth by claiming I developed the first application of the Stromberg on the TR4 engine in around 1961/62. The problem with memories then started ! Having helped Brian he invited me to the 2019 Triumph club meeting at Duxford and while there I met with John Davies, the ‘damper man ‘. We had an interesting conversation about torsional vibrations and his demonstration of the effect on defect dampers. I am sure John will not object about being called a damper man , he is far from that . Anyway our conversation lead to my experience and John suggested my story should be told so after all these years here goes . At this point I should point out that this was before this use of computers and digital electronics which revolutionised fuel injection and some of the dates may be wrong . Now let’s go back to 1961 , at that time Triumph were using SU carburettors for all the sports cars , however SU were part of the BMC group which manufactured amongst others Austin ,Morris , and various sports cars in competition to Triumph, this of course in view of the supply of the SU carburettor resulted in Triumph having to release details of new models to the BMC group which was not an ideal situation. The SU carburettor was a constant vacuum variable choke device so it was decided between Triumph and Zenith carburettor company to design a similar version but different in construction to the SU. The end result was the Stromberg CD carburettor, , as I understand designed by Dennis Barbit of Triumph and Harry Cartwright of Zenith. This article does not cover the design or construction of the carburettor, it talks about the experience of the first testing and development by me at a company called ERA of Dunstable. At the time I was employed by ERA as an engine tester and development engineer (the pre-war English racing automobile ) . The work involved testing new carburettors of fixed choke designs for various development engines of car manufacturers and jet settings etc . I guess the testing of engines in those days is very different from today so I will briefly describe the work that was undertaken to arrive at suitable carburettor settings. Each engine was tested in a separate test cell using a dynamometer to load the engines. The test cells had suitable cooling systems , heat exchangers and a test bed exhaust system, although in some cases the car exhaust was used. Fuel flow and exhaust gas analysis was also available . To achieve suitable settings for the carburettor the engines were tested at various conditions of full load ,3/4 , 1/2 , 1/4 and road load conditions. To evaluate the settings the engine was operated in 250 RPM steps working up to the engine maximum. As well as working on the carburettors, ignition settings were also varied to optimise conditions . It will be appreciated that many hours of testing were undertaken to arrive at a good setting to give acceptable performance of power output ,fuel consumption and above all drivability. I used to find it amusing that people could re-jet or change ignition settings and apparently achieve remarkable improvements in car performance but generally this was at the expense fuel consumption or power output ,the manufacturer having put so much time and expense to achieve an overall acceptable condition. For example a 2% reduction in power output can result in a 6% fuel saving, and how often do we drive at full load ,full powers on the roads. Possibly we try to all the time ! Of course with the latest technology and the ability to measure all aspects of the engine this method is I guess out of date now . At this time the TR3 was in production using a four-cylinder engine of 1995 cc rating. The next step was to increase the engine size 2198cc with a maximum output of around 105BHP for the forthcoming TR4 possibly using the Stromberg CD carburettor. An up - rated engine was supplied to ERA by Triumph and fitted to the test bed using the normal chasse exhaust system and two SU carburettors. I assumed the settings of these carburettors have been carried out by Triumph. Remember the object was to replace the SU with the CD . So to evaluate fully the engine was run with the SU carburettors at all conditions too so that the parameters were set to try to match with the CDs. The CDs were fitted, accelerator dampers removed and dimension scales fitted to give the valve position so this could be related to the neddle position in the main jet. Testing then started running first at full load, 250 rpm intervals , adjusting the jet position relative to the needle to give a match of fuel flow versus power output. Gradually working through the complete RPM range the needles could then be removed the diameter was adjusted and with the jet set at 1 1/2 turns (around the normal setting) repeat testing was carried out , eventually arriving at a suitable needle profile . Anyway things did not run as planned and the fun started, the first engine failure occurred. With the engine running at full load 5500RPM and me bending over the carburettors, an exhaust valve failed dropping into the cylinder with the piston disintegrating bursting the wet liner and the engine suddenly stopping .Being on the chassis exhaust the noise level ,as you can appreciate was extremely high and suddenly silence. Just the gurgle of water and oil from the breathers . My heart keep going ; just ! The engines were sent back to Triumph repaired returned and testing continued. Running at 5250 RPM , suddenly “bang” , no power available , removal of the engine showed the crankshaft to have sheared adjacent to the flywheel . This was repaired again by Triumph but I had two further crankshaft failures when running at this speed . I thought I was becoming an engine destroyer , or perhaps the management thought so! . It was clearly a torsional vibration problem and hence the interest with John Davis . Eventually a needle profile was reached and the CDs gave similar performance if not better than the SU . It is a long time ago and with a fading memory probably I would claim this. The time had now come for road testing , the engine was fitted to a TR3 and taken on road test by a Zenith engineer, who returned saying that some conditions it was far too rich. This was a surprise as in general test bed settings were sometimes too weak for road conditions. The chief engineer of Zenith doubted the findings of the test engineer so off they went for a further road test. It would appear that the rich cut out of the engine occurred round a very tight bend with the test engineer saying to the chief engineer did you see that black smoke from the exhaust,’ upon which the chief engineer who was crouching below the dashboard replied ‘surely nobody would take a bend at that speed ‘ !! The problem was traced to the venting of the fuel chamber. The initial design had two horizontal holes leading from the air inlet to four vertical holes into the fuel chamber. It was found that due to ‘G’ force when cornering, fuel was being thrown out along the vents and sucked straight back into the air intake giving this extremely rich condition. The problem was overcome by just having one horizontal hole and one vertical vent to the rear of the float chamber with no fuel surge occurring from the vents. Out of interest, it will be noticed on some later CDs the casting still retains the original venting system but not drilled. This article hopefully outlines the first application of the Stromberg CD to the TR4. Following this the CD was used on many cars in place of the SU and since that time many changes have been made to them to suit the ever changing environmental requirements, until carburettors disappeared and replaced by todays digital fuel injection systems . Incidentally test bed conditions are much more arduous than on the road and in those days top overhauls were carried out after some 20/ 25 hours test bed running , so all of you with TR4s don’t worry just keep these wonderful cars on the road . Back to Brian’s car !!!
    1 point
  9. So quick update Block and flywheel skimmed Bores honed Crank polished Bearings and rings ordered Now starts the re-construction 😊 Aidan
    1 point
  10. You'll get a residual smell of gas off old pipes that haven't seen a cylinder in years, but it all depends on how strong the smell you're getting is. You may be correct in that when you disconnected the regulator, gas already in the hoses has leaked backwards, but the hoses themselves do perish and I've had to replace mine on the old Super Ser gas heater - easily done once you locate the new hose that you require. I bought one of the squat Calor Cube heaters a few years back; then found no-one locally sold the gas cylinders that it requires so it's never been used. By the time I do use it I'll probably have to replace the hoses first.
    1 point
  11. PeteH

    Always something.

    And an urgent need to open some windows? Pete
    1 point
  12. Iain T

    Always something.

    You loose vacuum when you remove the rocker cap but why would that help? Chips, mushy peas and beer will certainly give you an air leak!
    1 point
  13. PeteH

    Triumphs in Emsworth

    It came home to me how hypocritical they are when the late David Bellamy. Flew to Australia just to pick up an award for "environmental" work. Then we have the "other" David (Attenborough). Taking a large crew to film in exotic locations in order to tell us how bad we are?. The most recent hypocrisy?. Grumpy Greta. Sailed to New York in a state of the art Yatch, which cost £????? to build. In order to get it back to Blighty they then FLEW a crew out to America. Dohhhh!. Pete
    1 point
  14. PeteH

    Triumphs in Emsworth

    They are when the trunk is almost 10" dia!!, and the fuel is Free, but yes they produce more ash and if not burned at a high enough temperature more flue deposits. Hard woods burn cleaner.
    1 point
  15. Bfg

    Joke

    1 point
  16. DVD3500

    Joke

    I father takes his young child to work for the day. In general everything goes well but as the day wears on the kid seem more melancholy. As they head to the door to leave the kid breaks out in tears. "What's wrong?" asks the Dad. "Where are all the clowns and fools you say work here?!" Similar to the above: Bring your kid to work day. Father: "Bob, this is my son, Kevin. Kevin this is Bob." Kid: "Bob the Idiot or Bob the jerk?"....
    1 point
  17. Colin Lindsay

    Joke

    Two Policemen arrived on my doorstep this morning. "Excuse me sir, does any of this make sense to you? BBC? RBS? ITV? SAS?" i thought for a bit. "Well, yes, I recognise them, but am I in any kind of trouble?" "Not yet," they replied, "These are just the initial enquiries."
    1 point
  18. Pete Lewis

    Joke

    1 point
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