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Managed to get a few hours in today. Greased up the wiper motor and fitted. Found the new coil bracket and bolted that in. Searched round for the holes for the starter solenoid fitment and eventually found that I had welded up one of them so drilled out the hole and struggled to fit the solenoid bracket as I was on my own.

Next fit  missing jubilee clips, brake pipe clips and sort out the wiring.

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No, i did mine, rushed and put it on too thick. It did not allow it to dry properly. Its ok but would do differently next time. I think for myself i would use a spray clearcoat next time and then polish it after.

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I used Danish oil on mine. Built up in nice thin coats by rubbing in on a soft cloth. No danger of overbuild and dries a lot faster than brushing. Then rubbed over with wax polish. Still nice after 30 years. Don't leave the used rags in a bin, they have been known to spontaneously combust.

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Decided to start to put the overdrive back together for testing, I dug out my build jig for long pointy objects commonly known as a crate and got to cleaning of the gaskets. I got the gearbox and adaptor plates nicely cleaned off and opened the gasket kit to find it didn't include that gasket, doh!

Ordered with some other bits I found were missing (nothing serious) and wait, photo is prior to cleaning the gaskets)

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So I found something else to do. I grabbed the box marked shocks and dug out the doo-hickory I bought off the internet to compress them and got to work.

The doo-hickory works well.

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And the completed shocks look like the new ones in the brochure which is nice.

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I didnt get chance to fit them so thats for another day.

Time to push the car out of the garage and do more bodywork and some electrics......

 

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So this is a strange one, I think I have 2 starter solenoids and I dumbly didnt take a picture of the solenoids when I took them apart.

I have the standard Lucas solenoid like so.....

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but there are some strange wiring going on and not wired like the manual.

And I have this.....

 

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Which is connected to the starter motor.

The one in the first picture is a replacement for the one I got in the car as that was generally falling apart. The previous owner has extended the white with red tracer wire and yellow with white tracer wire  down to what I assume is another solenoid. Yellow with white tracer and pink with white tracer is on the positive side of the coil. White with black tracer is on the negative side of the coil. All the big brown wires are on one side of the of the Lucas solenoid withe the battery connection the other side has a thick black wire going down to the other solenoid.

There is a white with slate tracer floating round that I dont have an idea what that connects to. 

Any idea what I need to connect to get this working?

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You have pre-engaged starter rather than bendix I would guess. I have that. My bulkhead mounted solenoid is just a junction box for the wires. 
Possibly came out of a Dolomite  with the flywheel unless the engine was completely changed. 
I had to replace my starter the other year and  has a right game. I took the easy option and bought a high torque one. Or so I thought. Had to get the drive gear replaced by the manufacturer to make it fit and work. 

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On 18/04/2021 at 23:50, hardhatharry said:

Decided to start to put the overdrive back together for testing, I dug out my build jig for long pointy objects commonly known as a crate and got to cleaning of the gaskets. I got the gearbox and adaptor plates nicely cleaned off and opened the gasket kit to find it didn't include that gasket, doh!

Ordered with some other bits I found were missing (nothing serious) and wait, photo is prior to cleaning the gaskets)

IMG_20210417_210459.thumb.jpg.56966d4c948375e477438ea2f632caa8.jpg

So I found something else to do. I grabbed the box marked shocks and dug out the doo-hickory I bought off the internet to compress them and got to work.

The doo-hickory works well.

IMG_20210418_111725.thumb.jpg.c9c07298109c543953532567b0c28850.jpg

And the completed shocks look like the new ones in the brochure which is nice.

IMG_20210418_112612.thumb.jpg.c15c2569b25d452cb02ccd92397c272e.jpg

I didnt get chance to fit them so thats for another day.

Time to push the car out of the garage and do more bodywork and some electrics......

 

Nice shocks 👍🏻😎

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On 24/04/2021 at 22:54, hardhatharry said:

Struggling fitting these light bowls/ lights to the spitfire. When I stick them all together I can't find where the seal shown on the top fits (the bottom fits behind the bowls and the bonnet. Once the beauty ring is fitted doesn't clamp the the lamp and it spins in the bowl. Any ideas anyone?

I have an exploded diagram showing the thinner seal (2) going under the chrome outer ring (1) and so between that and the headlamp. The light unit shouldn't spin easily, when tightened up it should be sufficiently held in place to stay put and not rotate under driving conditions, so it appears the unit is assembled in the fixed position and tightened sufficiently, then the rubber seal and chrome ring are fitted last as shown. It may possibly only be fitted to early cars but my GT6 doesn't have them; having said that, I rebuilt the bonnet using the kit I was supplied with that did not have those seals included - so it may need them, but never got them.

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Thought that there was a locator tab/lug on the headlamp bowl that engaged in a slot/cut out in the trim ring to stop the bowl turning. Must have a look on my spares. I'm sure that there is a location thingie on a sealed beam headlamp for this as well.

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