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  1. Nowhere near as much fun though..............
  2. Simply must have one......... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACGSzBXKONo&feature=youtu.be
  3. Cheers M, It's on its way. Paul.
  4. Thanks M, That's brilliant, I think. I'll give it a go. Not done this before but happy to learn, might take a short while as the kitchen is down to the plaster presently, bear with me. Only relatively recently rebuilt my first gearbox, (stayed well clear of the overdrive which was functioning perfectly) under the guidance of the late, great Clive Manvers, but diffs are a dark art to me at the moment. Still, I have a book and a set of tools and advice from the forum, what can go wrong ? Thanks again, Paul. PS Just fell at the first fence, quick look on the interweb for engineers blue showed up my ignorance, is it a paste ? I was expecting a fluid like copper sulphate solution, or am I showing my age ?
  5. Thanks M, So you think the markings on the teeth are ok and not too far up one end ? Paul.
  6. Mystery solved, Not an LSD but shiny and clean and obviously rebuilt with engineers blue still apparent so not a bad buy for £40 perhaps. I'll give it a rinse with clean oil and see if it frees up at all as it's still quite stiff, not sure it should be. Thanks guys.
  7. Just applied "a bit more torque" and did manage to turn one drive shaft with the other locked but it really doesn't want to. Guess I'm going to have to have a look inside either way, is it simply a matter of removing the output shafts and splitting the casing?
  8. Some time ago I bought a 3.89 KC diff from an ebay auction simply because I won it with a low bid of £40. It was clean and painted and reputedly rebuilt in the distant past but had never been used. I squirreled it away as I had no immediate use for it. However, I came across it just recently while clearing out my garage and discovered that when the drive flange is turned the drive shaft flanges both rotate in the same direction and if I hold one in an attempt stop it turning, no amount of force will prevent both turning in the same direction ! The diff is empty of oil and is quite firm to turn offering more resistance than I expected but smooth and not lumpy I'm certainly no expert but it appears to behave like a limited slip diff. I can't believe I've been lucky enough to actually have acquired an LSD and before I crack it open to peep inside was wondering what possible faults in an open diff could create the behaviour I have observed, as I feel it's more likely to be a knackered standard diff knowing my luck. Any comments from those in the know would be appreciated. Thanks.
  9. John is quite correct, Webers, especially triples, belong on tuned engines to release their full potential and they will be thirsty. I did wonder if the choices made on cam and head on my 2.5S engine may just qualify it to benefit from the Webers but I have little experience with the 6 pot engines, and was being guided by the now sadly late Clive Manvers. I toured Northern Italy in my 4 back in 2006 and driving modestly and sticking to the limits on the motorways on long runs I managed to stretch the MPG to 30, but getting exuberant up and down the wiggly bits then just forget it, but such fun. The only vehicle I have driven in (semi) standard form with a single Weber was a CF SWB camper converted from a 1.8cc low compression van. It was dreadful to drive, and having to change down to third on the A412 (A45 as was then) from Cambridge up the long gentle incline approaching the three lane section at Newmarket was the last straw. So in went a 2.2 cc HC lump from a Ventora I believe with a new Weber the flavour of which eludes me, but the effects were dramatic and along with the van gearing, the surprised looks on the faces of drivers who thought they'd get the better of me at the lights was priceless. Paul.
  10. Thanks John, I have emailed Webcon. Paul.
  11. Thanks for the swift reply John. It really is my intension to fit the SU's to this particular engine but the acquisition of the Webers has revitalised another little gem of a previously shelved project and I just wondered if the two carbs were sufficiently similar to work ok. I like Webers and have a pair of rare 42 DCOE's on my TR4 which is warmed up somewhat for the road and is a delight, They are thirsty too, especially when driven with enthusiasam ! It goes against the grain to have one odd man out but if they do work well together, if only temporarily, it will help reduce costs at least until I can come across an exact match so any info on them would be greatly appreciated. Paul.
  12. Hi, I have inherited a set of triple Webers reputed to come of a TR6 complete with manifold, throttle linkages and even the electric fuel pump and regulator. All assembled and obviously straight off a running car judging by the patina and accumulated debris etc. albeit not for some time. However, and to the point, two are 40 DCOE 18's and one a 40 DCOE 35. This doesn't seem ideal but I can only assume they were all working together to some degree in the past. Can anyone shine any light on the relative compatibility of these carbs before I embark on a search for a type 18 to even the set and start spending my money. I have a fully refreshed 2.5s engine for a project Vitesse with head pt no. 218225 and cam pt no. 308778, the only tuning at present is a 6-3-1 tubular exhaust system. Thanks, Paul.
  13. There are too many power tools (and hand tools) out there from strange manufacturers that are built (and I use the term lightly) just to look like the real thing and are simply cheap rubbish and not fit for purpose. The only purchase of one of these tools that I made based purely on the incredibly low price was an orbital sander. It lasted but a few days before it started vibrating more and more finally giving up when the centre hole in the offset cam bit, that was made of cheese, turned on the shaft. Feeling aggrieved, I cheekily glued it back on with "Zap-a-gap" super glue and reassembled the thing and was able to finish the job ! In fact, although little used since, it is still holding out against the odds but I'll not bother with any more purchases based purely on price. Buying "cheap" is not the same as buying "inexpensive" and luck does play a part. Paul. PS Loved the story about shorts and flip-flops Colin, I'd have paid to watch that, (from a distance).
  14. I too have several inexpensive grinders with different cutters, grinders and sanders, saves so much time and the wear is evened out across them all. Unless you are using them day in day out they should last well. On the downside, I have more scars and lumps missing from "interaction" with angle grinders than any other power tool I own, and that's with the guard in place and safety devices employed, proceed with respect !
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