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Steve C last won the day on March 27 2017

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  • Birthday 15/02/1958

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    Classic cars of all types, music, travel, gardening and good living

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  1. Just a brief note to say that after many years of ownership, I have now sold my Herald and will be leaving the TSSC when my current subscription expires. I want to say a big thank you to all the forum regulars who have given me so much advice and moral support over many years of skimmed knuckles (and the odd spanner thrown across the garage floor) as I have worked on (battled with?)Coventry's finest. Although I will be sad to see "Hettie" move on, she is going to a good home with a fellow member of my local car club who knows the car well, and appreciates it for what it is, and I will see it around. We have always had a foot in the classic Volvo camp, already owning a mint 940 estate, and as I have taken early retirement and 60 approaches in a very few days, the time is right for a new project, and we have bought a 1956 Volvo PV444 to keep me busy. It will be less dependent on the whims of the English climate in the show season, and as we improve it, we hope it will be on the Volvo Enthusiasts Club stand at some of the major shows, so make yourselves known if you are there. Thanks again to all of you, and I hope the club continues to move forward and enjoy every success. With best wishes Steve C.
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    Multimeter Died

    Personally I use one of these: https://www.screwfix.com/p/lap-mas830b-digital-multimeter-600v/75337 You can spend an arm and a leg on fancy meters, but for a good value basic unit, these are hard to beat. Regards Steve C
  3. Posting this here as this is not my car to sell: I have been asked by a member of my local multi-marque club to put the word about that a red 13/60 Convertible is up for sale, due to a shortage of garaging space. The car is evidently in good condition. Interested parties please e-mail Chris Lee at: chrislee1275@aol.com For more information Regards Steve C
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    Herald Manual

    Does anyone out there have a spare black loose-leaf official Standard Triumph Herald workshop manual, in usable condition, free or cheap for a 15 year old in our local multi-marque club starting his first restoration project? Regards Steve-C
  5. Just a word of caution. I would always favour NOS parts over modern repro, but I have had a "sealed for life" QH top ball joint fail in under 1000 miles. I think what had happened was that the grease wthin it had broken down or dried out after years sitting in the box. "Sealed for life" simply did not anticipate madmen like us unwrapping this stuff and fitting it half a century after it was made! With NOS UJs at least you an ease the bearing cups off and re-pack with fresh grease before you use them. Regards Steve
  6. I flushed mine out a couple of years ago after a heater valve became clogged with yellow crud. I ca't, sadly, remember the name of the product, but it came from our local motor factors, and was the sort you put in and then run the engine until it gets good and hot. What I was amazed by is how much black, flaky crud came out of the bottom hose when I drained it. This was on a rebuilt engine with only a few hundred miles on it! Worth doing then... Regards Steve
  7. Has anyone ever changed the output shaft oil seal in a J type overdrive in situ? Or is it a gearbox out job? All advice appreciated. Regards Steve
  8. And then you will have the joy of lining the damn things up correctly!
  9. I run Vitesse front brakes and master cylinder on my 1500 Herald, with type 16P calipers, S/S braided hoses, silicone fluid and EBC Green Stuff pads, but no servo. Although I am not having to arrest the forward momentum of the huge iron boat anchor that is the Vitesse engine, I have no problems stopping, and can lock the wheels in extremis if needed. You do have to adjust when stepping into a classic after driving a modern with servo, but once you remember that the servo is now your right leg muscles, it is no problem.That is what cars were like then - if nothing happened, you pushed harder! I have heard many naysayers about silicone fluid and EBC pads, but in 7 years of use, I remain happy with both. Regards Steve C.
  10. The current estimate in the "quality" press seems to be 10 extra power stations, (which will have to be nuclear), to meet the additional demand. I can't see that one happening quickly, or people queuing to have one in their backyard. Then there is the question of whether domestic wiring can cope with a charger in every home, the infrastructure costs, to say nothing of the theives who will be glefully driving around your neighbourhood in the small hours nicking all the charging cables to weigh in as scrap. What we need to remember here is that this is a shameless bit of virtue-signalling from Michael Gove, who with his chum Chris Wilshaw, wrecked our education system on his watch, causing thousands of demoralised teachers to leave the profession, and is now on the loose creating havoc at environment. (This is, lest we forget, the man who earlier this year stabbed his own colleague in the back to launch his own leadership ambitions, which says a lot about how far you can trust his judgement). Two beneficiaries though will be the Scots and the Cornish. It will take that long to get there on holiday in your Nissan Leaf with all the charging stops that it will be easier and cheaper to fly abroad, so it will be so much quieter without all the tourists... Steve C
  11. I once suggested the idea of a "back to basics" rally in Lubenham, doing an event the old way, ie Farmer's field, marquee, centred on club HQ and the local facilities in Lubenham. Hopefully the village would do well out of it, the HQ would get a lot of visitors, and we would not have the expense of hiring a big venue with all the costs that entails. How about it? Steve C
  12. I have a length of brake pipe with two male ends on it. And yes, the "stuck" cylinder is empty. Works for me! Regards Steve
  13. I can't help feeling that the dynamics of the club scene are changing, away from the traditional model of a group of marque enthusiasts, who elect officers and committees and set up a club, often with premises and staff, to something far more fluid. There are now a couple of generations out there who have grown up in a wired society, where nearly everyone runs their lives with mobiles and social media, and we are seeing this in the club scene, with a growing number of "virtual" clubs, where loose coalitions of car enthusiasts meet up at a location announced on social media, without any officers, subs, or the traditional trappings of a club. On one level, I welcome it, as you cannot stop social change, and it was inevitable that the new media would influence the classic car scene, especially the youngsters who favour the newer vehicles relvant to their experience. I don't miss either the petty politics and prima donna behaviour that clubs sometimes experience. On a more practical level though, it does raise issues around things like public liability and legal resiliance if one of these groups was ever to be sued for something and did not have insurance or limited liability. Regards Steve
  14. Interesting thought, but not necessarily true - veteran cars now have huge values, even if some of them were (misbegotten horrors when new), because they are eligible for the London to Brighton run. Until very recently, our cars have never been that valuable, except for Mk2 Vitesse Convertibles, because the classic car press spent years telling people that was the one to buy. A Mk 2 saloon with a sunroof is a much quiter, more usuable car, yet it was always the bridesmaid to the convertible. The 1600 Vitesses have their own virtues, yet were tagged, like Heralds, by the classic car "experts" with the idea that the rear suspension spent its days conspiring to kill you. Thwe Bonds have never been worth serious money, probably due to the restoration costs involved in cutting away GRP to repair the rust and then having to re-make it and re-bond it all, yet they are now rare. At some point the current classic car market is due a massive correction, in which those who have staked silly money on cars as "investments" driving up prices may well get their fingers burned. Once interest rates rise, watch out...and then it will be an enthusiasts market for a while, not a speculators' who would not know a Daf from a Swallow Dorretti! Regards Steve
  15. As an alternative to the greasgun method, I have an old plastic 0625 M/C I connect to the one I am working on, then fill it with fluid and shove the actuator in manually on the bench. It usually frees off the piston. Put plenty of old newspapaer down on the bench and wear PPE. If the piston is not actually seized from standing for years, it is usually a ring of grease and muck at the limit of the piston's travel that is holding them in. Regards Steve
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