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NeilF last won the day on September 28 2018

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  • Birthday 07/09/1946

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    Locks Heath, Southampton
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    GT6 Mk1
    Austin Mini 1280cc

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  1. My 14 year old brother got a paint brush and touched up the rust spots on our old Vauxhall 12. How he ever got away with that I will never know. The car was always called 'Spotty' after that. NeilF
  2. Had a call today trying to get me to change my electricity supplier, when I said I lived in a tent, he rung off!!!! NeilF
  3. Pete/Colin Following JPEG of Canley drawings. NeilF
  4. Pete/Colin, Thanks for the replies. The wipers park as shown on my picture. It is possible that the metalwork around the windscreen was replaced some time ago. The wiper motor fitted is the same as shown on the Canley diagrams for a Mk1. It appears that the Mk2 has the same placing of the wipers, so either the Mk2 motor or the gearing must be different. It would be handy to know which it is. NeilF Canley Wiper motors.pdf
  5. I am not sure if it has been the same in the 12 years I have owned my Mk1 GT6, but I have a problem in as much as the passenger side wiper blade when it sweep across the windscreen hits the screen surround and goes over it. When stopped it that position the blade is some 3 inches off the windscreen. The wipers do their job, however it is the noise of them hitting the surround that annoys me. At a recent meeting I was able to compare how my blades swept against another Mk1, and then I noticed a difference. The passenger drive spindle on the car I looked at was inline with the edge of the bonnet hump and the washer was to the right of the wiper arm, looked from the front. On my car, the windscreen drive spindle is some 7 inches to the right of the hump edge. I then looked at a Mk2, and the spindle is in the same position as mine. Canleys show a different wiper motor for the MK1 and Mk2. My motor is of the Mk1 type. The Mk2 type is no longer available. Does anyone know what the difference is between the 2 motors., or has come across this problem before. My Mk1 is a 1968 build, so it is possible that it has a Mk2 windscreen surround. I do not know if in the past it had a rebuild with a MK2 surround, and the MK1 motor was kept. A possibility. My solution at the moment would be to have a much shorter wiper blade on the passenger side, although that would effect visibility. I would appreciate any comments. NeilF
  6. Dave, I was always interested in how many Mk 1 on the road. Just to be difficult my 1968 Mk1 has a 1972 registration. DVLA were useless in sorting that out. Reference the restricted mileage, I had that but found as I was using the car more and more, heading to 5k and above each year, I changed the insurance to unrestricted, and was told there was no increase in premium. I was happy. NeilF
  7. Pirate, I did that 4 years ago to my GT6 manifold and it still looks OK. NeilF
  8. Can someone explain, if I opt to 'Gift Aid' on an entrance fee, why I have to pay more for the pleasure of doing so? Crazy, NeilF
  9. Coming away from Goodwood last year I was beside a GT40 in a traffic jam, and in my GT6 I had to look up to the GT40 driver. What is the height of a GT6? NeilF
  10. Hugh, Ring Angie at Headquarters and she will sort you out. NeilF
  11. The number of times I have taken my Mk1 into a garage and watched the mechanic trying to release the fly off handbrake with his thumb on the button often made me wonder what school they went to! NeilF
  12. I found that cranking the engine was getting slower. Checked the timing and adjusted it to what it should have been, and now starting is so much better. It is ever so cold out there, so every little bit helps! NeilF
  13. NeilF

    Out for a spin

    I was out there and didn't see you. Perhaps the sun was in my eyes? NeilF
  14. We left early Wednesday morning from Southampton and headed for Dover to catch the 10.00am ferry for Dunkirk. Amazingly no holdup on route and arrived on schedule at Dover, the 2 Triumphs, my GT6 and Paul's TR5 complete with our respective wives. The weather was perfect with clear blue sky's and little wind. An on-board breakfast was welcomed by all, and shortly after 1.30pm French time we left the ferry heading for a 2 night stay in Amsterdam. We took the autoroute E40 towards Belgium and shortly after Bruges left the motorway and headed north to Knesselare, and then the E34 for Zelzate. We then followed the canal towards Terneuzen where we took the N62 through the new tunnel, 6.6km long and a 5 euro toll onto South Beveland. We continued then past Middelburg joining the N57 which would route us all along the Dutch coastline for nearly 50 miles. A really great route, relatively traffic free, and at the end of which we headed for the Maassluis ferry. This is a car ferry that takes about 25 cars and is of the roll on roll off type. The service is brilliant running about every 20 minutes. As soon as the ferry touches the shore, the front drops down and immediately the cars leave, and 2 minutes later it filling up for the return trip. Having left the ferry we headed for the A20 and then the A4 which would take us all the way to Amsterdam, under Schipol airport and after a short run on the A9 to our hotel, arriving shortly after 7.00pm. Not bad for 350 trouble free miles. Another full sunshine day today meeting up with some old friends and preparing ourselves for tomorrow's jaunt of 180 miles to Northern Germany. I think a 10.30 start should be good enough. NeilF
  15. Nick, Look forward to seeing you at the 7 Stars. You might like to make a note that 2nd Thursday of month Locks Heath Classic Cars meet at Locks Heath Centre at 19.00. We have had 100 cars turn up recently of all denominations, but some from TSSC. NeilF
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