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    Driving my TR3 as much as possible. Landscape photography.

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  1. Yes I think so! It's quite common for these engines to resent being full and 2/3 to 3/4 full being happy!
  2. The rust proofing programme needs to end now Nick! It's reached the rear valance. I shall top up the oil to its favourite level (2/3 up the dipstick) and take it for a good run and see if the "de-snotting" has made a difference.
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    The Red Shed

    Nice new wheels! They'll make all the difference!
  4. 4 litres on the RBRR. Mostly stuck on the chassis! Hence concern over pressure forcing it out past seals.
  5. I thought you might be interested in this page from the TR2/3 "Red Bible" (Service Instruction Manual) explaining the original setup. It shows that the rocker cover "vent" is sucking in air and the Crankcase tube is "huffing" it out. I have never suffered from mayonnaise on this engine. I think your right though Alan. I need to cross things off the list and I have done so re a blocked breather now I am suspecting valve guides. Recent dry compression tests (can't recall figures - done at Revingtons) were OK and were within tolerances. .
  6. Yes Alan, there is also a vent from the rocker box cover (The grey pipe in the photo dangling above the filter. It's usually strapped to the red breather pipe with a tie-wrap). @JohnD : yes I get your point John, in my defence I'd point out that the set up I have is the ST original set up. I can see the advantage of a catchtank setup (design in incubation as per Hamish's set up) particularly as the engine is not standard.
  7. I see what you mean Alan but in the photo above it is upside down in "soaking mode". On the car the longer section with the angled end is pointing downwards.
  8. Responding to suggestion that my excessive oil consumption may be due to a blocked crankcase breather pipe I removed it and gave it a clean with copious amounts of Lydian degreasant (a 5 l can of which was gifted to me by the PO). Removal and refitting was straight forward which was pleasant! I'm not sure what I was expecting but I don't think it wasn't completely blocked. A considerable amount of black "snot" came out following a good soak and some vigorous shaking of the tube. If it had all been lodged in the u-bend bit, then I guess it might have restricted the breathing. How much snot is required to constitute a blockage? Anyway now that his sinuses have been irrigated I hope it might help the oil stay inside the engine!
  9. Thanks for the pictures! Geoffrey looks almost decent! (Red TR3)
  10. Iain Paul turned up to cheer us on in his Apple Green Works TR3A which was a great boost to morale! He took this shot - amazingly we were both smiling - or that could be a grimace on my face!! Good to meet you Alan (Oldtuckunder) and Nick - although you were busy doing your autographing so probably didn't notice! Anyway we completed the run sucessfully despite tedious "sunny Sunday" traffic from Badgers Holt onwards.
  11. The Brookster and us should be there pretty early if things stay on track. Heading for Bude now ETA 1000h.
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    Messages of support fro Darren TR5tar

    Hi Nick Well he's back on the forum but mostly keeping his powder dry for the coming (Spanish) inquisition......and I don't blame him one iota! I think I'd be consulting a lawyer but then again...guess who'd come out winning!
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    Messages of support fro Darren TR5tar

    Phil Yes sorry I went off piste there! I have already stated my concern a couple of posts ago - that a fudge might happen! I continue to be concerned! However IF the original decision is rescinded and a proper proceedure can be put into place then perhaps an EGM isn't necessary - saving the expense?! I fear that the BoD have become entrenched and are still digging on the basis that this is a storm stirred up by a few insignificant members who don't represent the mainstream membership who, as Hamish suggests finds the who issue a bewildering sideshow. However, it is possible to enjoy your car and care about the governance of the club! At the latest this needs sorting by 1st week of Sept.............by my calculations (alowing for weasel issues like weekends and Bank Holidays!)
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    Messages of support fro Darren TR5tar

    I'm in the same age bracket Hamish. However I live in the New Forest where there is a blanket 40 mph limit because of the loose livestock - who don't dent but die if hit. When I need to "steal it" I need to go further afield! The best are the unrestricted autobahns in Germany (on CT 10CR 2017) where Geoffrey managed 106 mph in the wet with a cross-wind (Sat Nav speed not speedo!) before the passenger started complaining and my right leg ran out of reach. A bit far to go on a Sunday afternoon though! I know what you are going to suggest next........ but I think he needs some engine work before I venture on to a hill!
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