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  1. Double-check the butterflys are actually closing fully and properly. If they aren't you'll effectivly be at part throttle even with your foot off the gas. Give the whole carb/inlet manifold/breather pipework (but NOT into the carb mouths) a spray with Easystart. Nothing should happen but if you hear the RPM change you've got an air leak there somewhere.
  2. You say "drip try works", while I wonder if that brake fluid isn't getting under the washer and spreading unseen beneath the drip tray...?
  3. From memory there's a semi-circle of hardboard at the bottom of the seat back side, with a metal clip rivited to it that clips on to a seat frame bracket to stop it riding up. At a guess it's the top corner of that catching on the belt. Is it possible to 'manhandle' the edge of the seat slightly, rolling out and around towards the rear of the car, so the plastic joint piping is 'on the outside' of the hardboard piece? That way the belt would be rubbing on the hard plastic, not the soft vinyl.
  4. AKA the second law of thermodynamics - "There's no such thing as a free lunch.".
  5. General garage door locks don't do anything of use from the security point of view. If you want to secure it then: One of these in the middle of the door to prevent it opening/the car being stolen - https://www.locksonline.co.uk/Garage-Door-Locks-/PJB-Garage-Door-Defender.html Then a pair of these in the bottom corners to prevent 'door corner fold', where people just bend the corners of the door to get in and pinch anything small-enough to carry (tools, etc) - https://www.locksonline.co.uk/Garage-Door-Locks-/Asec-Garage-Door-Lock.html
  6. You can swap the dash repeater bulb to LED with a little wire swapping. I forget exactly what I did, but then I swapped it/the bulb back after about 2 drives - the LED bulb was so bloody bright it turned the whole cockpit green, and at night made it hard to see where you were going!
  7. Actually no. VHS 'won'* because they realised how important the 'movie at home' market was going to be and signed exclusive deals with a number of the major film studios, moving the debate from "Which is better?" to "Which has most films?". In the 80's if you were thinking of getting one of those new-fangled home video players and walked into your local hire shop you'd see 3 walls covered in VHS tapes with the latest blockbusters and one with some rather obscure/Sony films on Betamax...and when you walked into Rumbelows you walked past the Betamax players and picked up a VHS one. * And 'won' is debatable. Betamax was still being used in the TV industry back in the early 2000's when everyone was throwing out their VHS players and buying DVD at home.
  8. There's a few people working on H/E endurance race cars, including the ACO (Le Mans 24hr) - http://www.dailysportscar.com/2021/03/26/hyundai-partner-with-forze-hydrogen-racing.html and http://www.dailysportscar.com/2021/02/03/greengt-to-provide-spec-powertrains-for-2024-le-mans-hydrogen-cars.html. In fact I think the (pre-Covid) plan would have seen work either started/starting in July on the rebuilding of the Le Mans garage complex/grandstand, part of which would see hydrogen supplies piped to every garage as it's certainly where they see the future for anything over the about 4-5 laps a Tesla road or Formula E race car would give you (racing, so flat out remember).
  9. While EVs (Electric Vehicles) are the future longer term that WON'T mean BEVs (Battery Electric Vehicles) but most likely hydrogen fuel cells. Easy-enough to build wind farms in the temperate latitudes/solar farms in the tropics to convert H20 in a H and O/moderatly easy to store and transport the H/theoretically straight forward to make fuel cells to recombine the H with atomspheric O to generate electricity and H20. The thing is turning fuel cells from "theoretically straight forward" to just "straight forward" isn't easy or cheap - unlike just building a better milk float (and making sure you look the other way whenever someone points you to the human and ecological impact extracting rare earths is having on China and Africa.
  10. Not sure but you could easilly pick and item from the catalogue and check it against the website shop, first off logged-out then logged-in. Logged out vs in should give you the 2 different prices on the wbesite, then you can just compare those against the catalogue and see which is printed.
  11. For the alternator is the plug not of the two part type? You have a 'body' plastic block that the wires/connectors clip into and plugs into the alternator, then a separate plastic 'cap' that snaps over the back of the 'body' piece, then finally a wire retaining clip attached to the alternator flips up over both and into a groove in the 'cap' to stop anything falling out. Given that you should be able to unclip the wire retaining clip and pop off the cover, leaving the 'body' block in situ/wires connected and access the connectors with your multimeter probes - remembering that it could be chucking out quite a big current.
  12. I'd ask if you actually need one. I've not had a spare in my Spitfire for over 10 years, just going with a can of puncture spray and breakdown cover - neither of which I've had to use (at least not for punctures in the latter case). Started off taking it out for the extra luggage space to get everything in for the annual trip to Le Mans but never got around to putting it back in again.
  13. I've got a Jigsaw fast road cam in my Spitfire and the settings for that are 22 inlet/24 exhaust.
  14. Poking a big screwdriver in the plug hole is easier. Put the engine before TDC/pop in screwdriver and see how far it goes (keeping it as veritcal as possible through the hole)/remove. Roll engine closer to TDC and repeat and it won't go in as far. Roll past TDC and it will go in further again. You'll get a little plateau around TDC with actualy TDC in the middle. Not as accurate as the piston stop but a good way to confirm (and I can't say I've ever seen anything down a spark plug hole! Or check if Lidl/Aldi are selling their little endoscopes at the moment?
  15. If the engine needs choke then, as jonny said it means the mixture is weak. My first stop would be to remove the carb/rocker breather hoses and give them a very good inspection off the car. Had a time when my Spitfire would drive fine for miles then, usually after being given some beans, need choke to run. Turns out the extra RPM would open up a (while fitted) invisible split in one of the breather hoses, so dumping extra fresh air in to the mix. Was right on the jubliee clip so impossible to see till I remove the pipes from the car. At least a cheap fix if it's that!
  16. Anyone else intrigued what the after market rocker switch below the gearstick's for? Original rear window heater pull switch died/fitted as a replacement? Electric fan over-ride?
  17. I think there would be a difference between a bent steel plate and a bent aluminum one. Bolt up the gearbox and the steel ain't going anywhere, so will pulls the gearbox out of alignment. Certainly with a steel gearbox bellhousing, bolt that up and I'm not sure the gearbox wouldn't remain aligned/the back plate get straightened*. The steel backplate sandwich and big hammer should be a winner though. * Except Sod's Law would apply, so you'd probably end up straightening it enough to make you THINK it was flat but actually also get enough gearbox miss-alignment to give you issues in 6 months time
  18. I just popped on to the Classic Car LEDs' website, as they sell conversion bulbs so would need to have the appropreate disclaimers and looking at a random LED headlight bulb(https://www.classiccarleds.co.uk/collections/headlight-led-bulbs/products/latest-led-headlights-h4-philips-z-es-hi-lo-beam-conversion-9-32v) they say: So looks like, after the March 22nd update to the Jan 11th MOT rule amendements LED bulbs are OK in 'filament' headlight bowls in pre-April '86 cars - provided they pass the beam pattern test (something I'm guessing you'd need one of the MOT headlight testing machine to test).
  19. I'd have thought that was savable. Remove, lay on top of steel one, apply percussive maintenance. It's not like you need a precision machined flat surface, just a "flat-enough to stop crap getting in".
  20. Mjit

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    Umm, this has nothing to do with Hollywood or "smart-a&$e historians who want to put the man down", it's down to intelligent, professional historians who study the historical records and write based on the facts, regardless of if they support the 'social narrative' or not. To be clear I'm not here talking about the "He couldn't possibly have written his plays, he was just a front for (some other write/some royal/god/a sentient suet pudding/etc)" crowd. I'm rather talking about the fact that many of his stories were basically the same as those of other writers, both before and after him - a common and perfectly acceptable acceptible practice at the time that nobody had any issues with. And that many of the "words added to the English language by Shakespeare" can be found in the works of his contempories that pre-date those where Mr Shakespeare first used them. I don't even know if Mr 'Shakespeare' himself ever claimed to have invented half the words/phrases that have become labeled over the years as "invented by Shakespeare". Shakespeare often gets viewed as being somehow 'the only' Elizabethan playwrite, or the last 'inventor of new stories'. Neither are true, he was one of many Elizabethan playwrites and he was as happy to borrow from both his predecessors and contemporaries as any writer before or since. What we CAN say about Shakespeare is that he was one of the better and most prolific Elizabethan playwrites, and that he was very good at 'playing the game' of an Elizabethan playwrite - basically making sure you pleased both the masses and the queen and didn't get executed! Just take Richard the Third (or "Richard III" in Shakespeare's lazy "txt speak") - many people today read it as a 'historical record of fact' when it's actually a, very well crafted, hachet job on the last Plantagenet/Yorkist king to please a Tudor/Lancastrian queen.
  21. Mjit

    Joke

    Ah, Mr Shakespeare (or Shaksp/Shakespe/Shakspe/Shakspere/Shakspere/Shakspeare)*. Famous in the public mind for...adding new words and phrases to the English language. And famous in the historian's mind for stealing stories/words/phrases other authors came up with and passing them off as his own. * All examples of ways the man himself spelt his name. There are zero verified instances of him ever spelling it "Shakespeare" himself - but that's just people chaning the English language over time...
  22. Mjit

    Joke

    The move from "passed away" to just "passed" is part of the natural, ongoing changes you see in any living language, with words being dropped from phrases when those phrases are widely understood. This is something that has always happened but accelerated, again from the 15th century, with the advent of the printing press. Minimising the number/range of letters (can you find the old English 'tall s', or the "yogh" character that gives the whole Menzies/Mingis Campbell thing on your keyboard?) made the process quicker and cheaper. It's a bit like the people who've taken to dropping the hyphen from adjectives like "sugar-coated" and started writing them as two separate words - https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/sugar-coated
  23. Mjit

    Joke

    Well, since you ask - in English since about the 15 century... https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/278400.html
  24. The "equal lift on overlap" method's the best (and more often than not, easiest) to use. http://sideways-technologies.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/7770-equal-lift-on-overlap-the-other-cam-timing-method/ That method makes it sound a lot more complicated that it is but I can't find a good, simple guide right now.
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