Saturday, October 18, 2014

Many little things

PMW hasn't been running anything like right as people reading this blog will know.

Well today two very nice chaps came over to help out and here they are

Andy Flexney and Paul Darbyshire working on PMW

So the guys came over and first started with cleaning up the plugs, regapping them and dismantling the carbs.  The carbs needed balancing and a general clean but otherwise were in good shape. The connection on the coil lead was a bit loose so that was tightened up and then out for a test run.

Better but still hesitating.

On investigation the plug lead to number 1 was actually broken so we replaced that with a second hand one and then fitted a shorter king lead which made sure there could be no arcing to the battery retaining clamp as we had found before.

Another test run found a slight improvement but still not right. On checking the plugs again and swapping them one by one for others we found number 6 to be very black and sooty - now why should only one be like that?

Maybe there was a problem with a valve so we decided to check all the tappet clearnaces and reset them. There were one or two rather loose but none on cylinder number 6 so that couldn't have been it.

Then the guys spotted there wasn't a nut holding the inlet manifold on towards the rear of the engine.This was because a "bridging piece" had always been missing. I had ordered another second hand one (they are made of unobtanium) so we decided to fit it but then I couldn't find it.

OK so I found a large thick washer which could do the job so we used this whilst making sure all the other fixings were in place and bolted up correctly. This in itself meant taking the carbs off and took about an hour. During all this it was noted that the carb linkage and cable wasn't allowing full throttle so some "fettling" was done on this too.

Final test drive of the day was much better with only a slight possible bit of hesitation. Now it's a case of putting some more miles on the rebuilt engine as it has still only done about 150 miles and see how we go before further fine tuning.

I have to say it sounds relaly smooth now and picks up well with a gorgeous sound to it as it revs.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

2000 miles

Last weekend I acted as a marshall for Club Triumph's Round Britain Run at Tebay Services - it's always a pleasure to do this as there is such a buzz as 100 plus cars and there crews come in, have their roadbooks signed, take part in lots of banter and then before I know it they are all on their way again.

The welcoming sign for the crews
Meanwhile, my 2000 has returned from Vicarage Motor Company with it's new propshaft and the differential bushes fitted. Less than 10 miles later I can say that the vibration has all gone but the car isn't running right although it is running! Next weekend myself and 2 friends are planning a fettling session on it so hopefully there'll be some progress to report next time.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Over to someone else!

PMW is now with the Vicarage Motor Company in Barnoldswick for them to work on.

I have saved up a bit of dosh plus the proceeds from the sale of the Rover SD1 and other bits and pieces on ebay means I can actually pay someone else to work on one of my cars.

So it should come back with the propshaft sorted, new mounting bushes for the diff and maybe they can take a look at it's running issues too.

Mind you when it was towed away it really made me wince listening to the propshaft banging away - apologies to anyone on Skipton Road, Barnoldswick stuck behind a 2000 being towed very very slowly!

Not only that mind you but I have splashed out on what are apparently the bees knees (would have used another expression which I will leave you to guess at) of rotor arms - the "red ones" from the Distributor Doctor

That's plural by the way as in two, not that I have twin distributors on the car but I decided to make damned sure this component is sorted once and for all.

It's all very important because a year from now I will be using the car on Club Triumph's 10 Countries Run.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Testing 2000

 I have been having all sorts of problems getting PMW to run anything like right, so much so that I need a recovery truck to get me home recently.

The engine was easy enough to turn when I assembled it and it starts easily so I don't think there's an issue there.

I have checked the timing out but whilst trying to adjust it I kept getting shocks off the dizzy cap so I put an old one on. Then I put the old coil on.

Then I realised that the clamp bolt had been really too easily undone - it was probably too loose and the timing had slipped.

So, re set it to 8 BTDC and went for a run.

Not bad, didn't want to tick over but picked up well and also pulled all the way up to 4500 RPM no problems - then "tinkle" and a massive vibration.

Still had drive though so cautiously got home having done only 5 miles and it's obvious a propshaft UJ has gone AWOL

The engine running issues have now moved down the priority list.

Next will be to remove the propshaft and get that sorted. Whilst the car is up on stands/ramps I'll also fit new diff mounting bushes I bought some time ago. I bet that will be fun!

This car is really beginning to test me now

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Border Raiders pics

It wasn't a food fest honest! This is at Restorante Adriano - very good too.
How to keep the cockpit dry when the hood is down and it's raining - or likely too!
The picture above is at the start of day 2 at Gretna Services but we had learned about the golf umbrella trick the day before.

The weather hadn't been very good but Deana and I kept the top down all the time as you only get wet even when it's raining hard if you have to stop. Well on one of the country roads just across the border in Scotland it was raining hard when a car came towards us and the driver flagged us down. She asked us to park up as a flock of sheep were coming along the road around the corner towards us - of course this meant we were getting soaked.

Deana reacted first by getting her easily to hand umbrella out which made me dive into the boot and get a golf umbrella out. As can be seen in the photo this is just big enough to go over the windscreen and door windows, covering the whole cockpit.

Great stuff. We made the guys on their quad bikes herding the sheep laugh too when they saw us :-)

Rover's gone, meanwhile the Border's been raided!

Yesterday my Rover SD1 was collected by the guy I bought it from - for the same price I paid 18 months ago.

I realised I was never going to get round to doing anything with it and it's back in good hands.

Last weekend though I took part in the Border Raiders put together by myself, Mik and Paul, This was a two day run from the Old Stone Trough, Kelbrook, Lancashire up through the Dales, the Eden Valley and into Scotland before overnighting in Carlisle and tehn returning to Kelbrook again.

"Spirit of the Event" was won by Theo Boonen and "Car of the event" by Chris Reynolds in his lovely gold TR7 V8.

Great roads to drive over, a very good tea room for lunch on Saturday and a real find in Ristorante Adriano in Carlisle for our evening meal. All very satisfying indeed.
A selection of the cars at the Old Stone Trough the night before

We just about filled the car park and the tea rooms!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

2 Triumphs in 2 days

What great weather we are having so yesterday Deana and I went out in the TR7 for a 40 mile drive through the country. Top down in the sun with a stop off at the Anchor Inn in Gargrave - can't get much better than that.

Then over the two days I have been trying to fix the clutch on PMW and it seems like I might just ahve done it!

I rebuilt my 2000's engine and whilst putting it all back together also fitted braided hoses for the clutch, and brakes.
Anyway, the engine sounds real sweet but I had a real problem with the clutch which stopped engaging after about 100 miles.
I spotted a pool of clutch fluid under the slave cylinder so I have replaced that today.
Still having problems but on placing my foot on the clutch I have spotted clutch fluid spraying from where the braided hose mounts to the master cylinder - where there's a brass washer.

Thanks to everyone on Facebook Triumph 2000 page, the 2000 Register forum and Club Triumph's forum for various contributions. I think I have fixed the problem. Strange but when a kit is supplied with two brass/copper washers I tend to think they are to be used! Yet it was these washers that were not allowing the clutch hydraulic pipe to seal at both the master clylinder and the slave cylinder. Taking them both off, refitting the braided hose and then bleeding the clutch means I now have one! I have also comleted a 10 mile test drive and all seems well. Now we'll see if it stays that way.

Meanwhile, how about some nostalgia?

With this car I am not going the modified and improved route, well not overtly. I am going to do a tongue in cheek nostalgia theme so I have a 1960s "car coat", a trilby and various publications in the car like a guide to "the new decimal currency"
Here's a couple of photos though with more nostalgia - a 1960s AA badge just fitted to the front grille and a camping gaz set with kettle etc as well as a picnic basket.
These should come in useful at shows or on the 10 Countries Run in 2015, after all, why not stop for a brew like a true Brit instead of paying mega bucks for well known modern coffee at the various motorway service areas etc?
In the photo you can see the original supplying dealers sticker in the rear window too.