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    Lots of dull cars....plus
    Anglia grasser, Mini Clubman grasser, Ashley kit car, Burlington Arrow 2500S, JW4 single seater, Ginetta G4, just got a Spitfire 1500 which has been off the road for 13 years.

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  1. Are you using one of those 'bendy' plug spanners with a universal joint right on the end of the plug socket ? Mine was bought for a motorcycle with awkward plugs. Tight but doable on my standard 1500 alternator setup without having to move anything.
  2. I have just replaced my defunct voltage stabiliser with a new old fashioned type.I wasn't aware there is a modern alternative. What is the advantage with the electronic ones ?
  3. As I already had some I used strips of sticky back closed cell sound deadening material 10mm thick for gap filling (not in the photo) Incidentally, I sprayed sticky foam inside the cardboard cover as the plasticky Triumph insulating stuff was trashed. Quick and easy to shape with a big bendy hand saw. Repaired the damaged card with fibre reinforced 50mm sticky tape. The whole thing is much more rigid now, even with access hatches. (okay, I may have gone over the top with them but I have big clumsy hands!).
  4. Might well be a spare earth lug on the back of the tacho, which is quite reachable albeit uncomfortably. Unlikely to be the original choice but it's an earth.
  5. Colin, I've just been and measured the hole in the dash support is bigger than I thought and the Kienzle should just squeeze nicely in there. How much do you want for it?
  6. Thanks Colin, that would have been fine. I do like the Keinzle but it's to fit in a blanking plate I'm making where the radio was. Even the 52mm clock will need a little judicious work with a file to squeeze in there I think.
  7. Does anybody have a Smiths 52mm time clock in working order they would like to sell, preferaby with bulb holder ? It's for a 1500 Spitfire. Thanks, Tim.
  8. Smashin' thanks Colin. Dismantling it (again!) I remembered (crikey, it was only a few days ago, what's wrong with me?) that the other end of the yellow wire was also almost ripped off so I resoldered it. I wonder if I've damaged the little circuit board or components with heat.
  9. Oh, I just remembered that one of these red wires was hanging off so I've soldered it back to the +ve terminal. I'm doubting myself now - does anybody know if this is correct with both red wires soldered together here? I'm kind of sure that's how it was but in the heat of the moment I do silly things.
  10. Thanks Matthew, The brass post is where you can see the yellow wire which I have now soldered back into place. All other connections in there look fine. Tim
  11. When I stripped the dashboard the rev counter bullet connector on the white/slate wire to the coil unfortunately failed to seperate and ripped the brass post out of the back of the tacho. I've taken the tacho apart, epoxied the brass post in place and resoldered the tiny little wire to it. Feeling pleased with the job I tried it in the car and as soon as the ignition is switched on the needle jumps to full scale deflection and stays there until I switch the ignition off. My electronic abilities are limited to checking continuity and voltage, so does anybody have any suggestions as to the problem ? I am as sure as I can be that it is all connected correctly. Thanks, Tim.
  12. Yes, I think it's pretty much the same as the Morris Marina. I used to rally one decades ago and must be one of the few to have actually won a rally in a 1300 Marina. Sadly this is no reflection on my driving abilities - it was a very foggy night and I had a brilliant navigator who I trusted completely. Ancient history now.
  13. Yes , but mimosa is so common (yes, I spotted your avatar Doug 😁).
  14. Not my favourite choice of colour Doug (Inca) but I think it's growing on me. The good news is that friends' wives and my wife's hairdresser all want a ride in it when it's finished.... ...in fact s*d the rain, I'm going outside to work on it now ! Tim
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