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Oh well... on another note...

We changed the engine on Fox the last 2 days 😅

With the help of my uncle his Linde forklift out of 1985 !

 

Also... more welding etc

Needed to strip the whole suspension turret of the left side for it (never been off in 43years).

Finally after all these years we got room to hammer the radiator support back (i got the car like this).

 

Drove Fox home this evening, timing etc needs better adjusting , exhaust manifold blowing a bit and oil leak from the rocker cover.

 

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Little video after a little tune, but still a bit lean etc.

 

The engine was bought running in a '79 Spitfire by me 7 to 8 years ago incl carbs etc.

For like £450 (incl used diff etc !) 

 

It a DM*****ESS engine (supplied spare 1500 block).

Oil pressure seems really good, everything original inside !

Did check crank bearings etc a few years ago.

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I always wondered where engines came from, then i see yours hiding by the bush. My mum said i came from the gooseberry bush, i never believed her as she also said she was 29 when my sister turned 21! 🤣😅. Seriously though , well done, showing us how to keep a car on the road. Will you get straight on and restore the original engine or leave it for a while and run with the one you just put in.

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2 hours ago, Mathew said:

I always wondered where engines came from, then i see yours hiding by the bush. My mum said i came from the gooseberry bush, i never believed her as she also said she was 29 when my sister turned 21! 🤣😅. Seriously though , well done, showing us how to keep a car on the road. Will you get straight on and restore the original engine or leave it for a while and run with the one you just put in.

My 'plan' is get the original engine apart, then let it re-bore, crank checked etc etc.

 

Maybe mk3 style camshaft (but only fitted a new standard 1500 cam (10.000kms ago)in january this year when the headgasket failed.

 

After 325.000kms/201.000miles its the best I could do I think.

 

She did do it well all those years.

But she was using oil, not very fun on long trips (is something that im planning to do next year when corona etc is over .. I hope).

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8 hours ago, Mathew said:

Probably the worst part to do, is this the first time you have had to leave immobile? Soon be back on the road.

The last few months I needed to use another a car for a few days.

For sure when doing sills etc.

But still only 10 to 14 days I think it was :D .

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And...   its IN ! 🙃

With thanks to my uncle and a friend.

+ another local guy came by, fitted new spark plugs (previous owner fitted resistor plugs..) and replace his screaming alternator.

 

The screen and rubber do fit a lot better then before ! 

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Yesterday evening a quick testdrive to test everything.

I go around  corner... a loud bang.

Bottom leaf of the rear spring broke!

 

Got it apart in the dark and got a new spring this morning.

After an good hour she was back on the road 😁

Now to fix a coolant leak (bottom hose of rad... typical !)

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

2 Days ago done some bodywork on the bonnet.

 

Fixed the 10 dents that where in it and put primer on.

 

Now she's nearly back in one color exept the door 😅

 

Always fun when you open the bonnet and see coolant..

Waterpump failing after... 7 months.

Put on a new one on yesterday.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Previous weekend done some jobs on the drivers door..

 

Now Fox is back in one color(ish) 🙃

 

Found out my window regulator was a bit worn.

But had a spare one, so fitted that now.

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Also been rebuilding alternators.

Before I bought them from minispares uk, but due to brexit it became to expensive.

 

And over in europe they cost 2 to 3 times the price then in the UK..

So had a look and found kits in Germany cheaply.

And bearings I found online and using SKF ones.

Visited our local supplier as I noticed that my rear shoes are getting thin and the drums worn.

So got these saturday, but will fit them after the MOT/technical inspection tomorrow(monday)!

 

Horns failed to.

Found out the horns are dead.. that was saturday evening.

So 'stole' some of a friend his TR6, so mine passes (new ones ordered).

 

Hopefully with all the welding etc it will be good for the inspection.

 

But first before the inspection front lights setting and emissions adjustment 😅

 

 

 

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Today went with Fox to an local Bosch service center for emissions + front lights check.

 

Emissions where to high (as i expected).

8%, so turned it down to around 3% (legal limit is 4.5%)

Light where just a bit to low, so adjusted them (amazingly after all the work it only needed that !)

MOT station, she still drive pretty good to there.

But just a bit lean.

 

Emissions test... 3.5%.

Then after it I needed to wait outside.

 

Guy drives on the lift .. shouts something at me, but didnt understand him because of the face masks.

So went inside, he said : 'how do you get in and out easy out if this'

 

I replied.. practice 😂

Then on the lift (another tester) I went to see him for an advisory from last year.

He didnt spot anything wrong and said the Fox was all ok..  no advisory's at all , even not for oil sweating/leaking (time to check the oil ! 🙃

 

In the past year she had done 18.192kms/11.300miles !

Less then normal actually, but been off the road a few times in the past year.

 

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4.5 percent is the limit hear as well after 1975, only smoke test prior to that. Looking in good form. Both my spits are 73's so no emissions test. I suspect the puma engined one would be about 0 anyway with the catalytic on it! What now, it looks like you have done everything!

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Over the weekend done a few minor jobs.

Noticed one side the sill seam was cracking.. my weld didnt hold.

So after I got a tip from an old UK Spitfire Specialist I welded 3cm each side (that will hold ! ).

Bonnet right wing had a reaction..

So stripped it again and started to get it straight again.

That seems to go well.

Then sunday some wet sanding.

 

Still a few spots to get right (written them down).

Really need to go to a bodyshop I know this weekend.

Saturday want to reweld an inner wheel arch /tunnel over the spring edge(seam swelling u due to rust).

So fuel tank out job etc..

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15 hours ago, alan.gilbert_6384 said:

Hi, the sill seam was not welded at the factory because of the amount of body flex, it was brazed.  Here is an original example, hope it helps.

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I did it this way and it cracked (but welded not brazed (that is stronger).

An uk specialist said to weld an inch of the seam.

For the rest ive seam sealed it.

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Hi, welding is not stronger, it is different process by which parent metal and filler material are fused together in a very localised joint.  Brazing will create a much bigger joint at a much lower temperature as needed by the body flex.  The heat affected zone is also greatly reduced, this is where you have had your joint failure with welding.  Triumph used this technique in certain areas only requiring it (the tunnel which connects to the rear wheel arches etc) as the filler and flux are more expensive than just mild steel filler rod.

It works by creating a metallurgical bond between the filler metal and the surfaces of the two metals being joined. The principle by which the filler metal is drawn through the joint to create this bond is capillary action. In a brazing operation, you apply heat broadly to the base metals. The filler metal is then brought into contact with the heated parts. It is melted instantly by the heat in the base metals and drawn by capillary action completely through the joint. This is how a brazed joint is made.

 

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