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  1. Vitesse Bonnet Gods were smiling down at me! Not a mark Kind? friend just posted my minor excursion into the Kitty Litter on first timed run at Prescott on the 30th September I was really trying as I knew it was last event to keep a few peoples championship hopes alive! On next/final run I did manage to improve my PB by almost 2 secs, but I know at that corner I did just ease a bit no matter how hard I tried to talk myself into not doing so, so fell 0.6sec short and had to settle for second in class. Watching in slomo if I'd had 6" more of track I might have got away with it, but as I came off the brakes and the right unlocked (the vitesse brakes never lock) the left just edged the Kitty Litter and I was gone. Alan
  2. Vitesse project

    MY HT starter also spins the engine over faster than the standard one, as Nick says check the cabling especially the earth
  3. Vitesse project

    You won't regret the carb spacer, sorry about the mess, I always use a portable drill to pump the oil as its more controllable than a mains one, I also put an O ring around the shaft so that its just on the dist pedestal and put a lump of rag around the shaft into the pedestal to prevent an overflow. That really is looking nice though! Alan
  4. Herald (Vitesse) Estate Project

    The one thing that old age has taught me is never fit windscreens! Apart from the absolute pain and time, and the real risk of breaking a laminate, I have discovered that the £60 it costs to get a professional to do it not only saves me half a day, but also they make it look easy with all the right tools, and they also guarantee against leeks and will come back and fix, which as we know with Triumph screens is almost an odds on certainty. Alan
  5. AFR Reading

    Ok looks a good position, just asked as Innovate recommend longer bungs if they are fitted closer to the head. And I know that the wideband sensors don't like being powered up heated if they have damp/condensation on them, but looks like you have that all covered. In terms of early failure of wideband sensors, one of the areas of discussion is should you power them up before starting the engine, or only just as you are starting the engine, Innovate recommend only when starting (although contrary advice can be found elsewhere). One thing that is recommended is that you don't power them up and leave them powered up without starting the engine, so for example if you have them wired to come on with ignition switch and you turn the ignition on to test/wire up do other things for any period then it can cause premature failure. I have my sensors wired so that they only come on when I power the fuel pump, i.e. I really am going to start the engine. Alan
  6. AFR Reading

    Where do you have it mounted, and in what orientation to the pipe, also what kind of bung do you have welded into exhaust for it? long short? picture? Alan
  7. IPhones in UK?

    If your heading that way at all, let me know Alan
  8. IPhones in UK?

    On a very quick look, unlocked S/H iphone 7's on ebay here, cheapest £400 most £600-900 As opposed to new & on a 24 month contract from Vodaphone including data and calls Get 10GB of free data 16GB + extra 10GB of 4G data Unlimited minutes Unlimited texts Take your home plan abroad 3-month free trial of Secure Net, then £1 a month thereafter £48 a month £10 upfront So sometimes its a weigh up if its cheaper, to buy a phone outright, then buy a sim only data/call/text monthly plan from a provider, or to just take the bundle including everything from the provider. Alan
  9. IPhones in UK?

    Hi Steve You can either buy phones that are locked to a specific cellular supplier (or their international partners when roaming), if you put in a sim from a different cellular supplier it will be blocked. Or you can buy an open phone that will accept sim's from any cellular operator. You can also buy S/H phones that have been unlocked/jail broken from their original supplier. I use an open phone, so can buy and use a sim from any operator if I wish. When I go to the States I usually pick up a cheap PAYG sim, as my phone has dual sim slots so can decide if I want to use the operator Vodaphone has as a partner in the US or the US sim. If you can pick up an open/unlocked 7s in the States then your wife ought to be able to just pop in the sim from her UK provider and go, at worst if its a different size sim, they will normally supply a new one, and the good providers will also do a data transfer service. If your buying one from Virgin USA just check it isn't locked to their network (if they do that in the States) Alan
  10. End of season compression test

    Here's a couple at random, but you'll get dozens, everyone seems to want to re-invent the same wheel :-) More I think about it £20 odd for the kit is a no brainer!, but I'll let you know if it works!
  11. End of season compression test

    Well John I have to admit no, but on one of the "build your own" videos, one of the guys said the bits cost him $15-$20 and as bits like that always seem way cheaper in the States (not to say readily available from numerous hardware chains) I thought I was fairly safe using approx the same figure. I actually expect if I did buy the bits individually over here it would be more than the cost of the kit. All I did do was pick a UK supplier rather than a hong kong one, as I thought if its rubbish the extra couple of £'s means I can at least return it. To be honest I normally find the Red Box tools OK for the odd usage, but you wouldn't like to use them as a professional tool in use week in week out. Have redone compression tests, engine warm, and throttles open, and almost identical figures to start of season. Actually the reading Dry of 128 is actually with the needle rather close to 130, but as there is no calibration between 125 and 130 and the needle takes up a fair amount of the gap, I may just have put down 130 at the beginning of the year, likewise 135 instead of 132. Likewise wet readings are all a tad over 145 apart from #6 which had reached 150 Cyl 1 2 3 4 5 6 Dry 128 128 128 128 128 132 Wet 145 145 145 145 145 150 So maybe just a tiny tad down on start of year figures (if I wasn't just rounding earlier in the year) Will post leak down test results in a week or so. Alan
  12. End of season compression test

    Looked at a few "how to build your own" Youtube videos, and to be honest when you look at all the simple individual components that go into making one, there isn't much to go wrong, just worked on the theory that if the individual bits would cost £15 a finished kit for just over 20 delivered was a good price (especially as if I bought all the bits they are going to end up having been made in China anyway!). Not even sure you need a compressor, I think you might get away with a bicycle pump, racing bike pressures are 80-120psi and you don't need much volume to fill a cylinder at TDC. When I've done the tests if you want to borrow and try your welcome, as its just going to be another of those ubiquitous red boxes that sits on the shelf 364 or more days a year, as its cheaper many times to buy the tool (if only used once) than it is to do a job badly. Alan
  13. End of season compression test

    I think Steve put his finger on it, I didn't have the throttles open on the latest test and it was Hot, fairly certain I did have them open on the first set (cause I do really know they must be) but from my note engine was Warm and maybe not as Hot as this time, will retest again tomorrow. Alan
  14. End of season compression test

    Following good advice from Steve, leak down tester kit ordered at £20, so when I'm back from holiday in 10 days should be able to find out more "Information is power" Alan
  15. End of season compression test

    Bolloc.s forgot, retest tomorrow, watch this space.