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  1. Mark

    GT6 hatch seal

    HI Nick I posted this on your Gt6 thread. I fitted it to my Gt6 Mk2 several years ago. Mark
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    Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

    Hi Nick I replaced my Gt6 Mk2 rear hatch seal with this several years ago, and works well. Can't remember where i bought it, possibly Canley's. I have been caught out several times with repro seals, not fitting, slightly different profile or to thick, but this works.
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    Nick & Chris's Gt6 Mk 3

    HI Nick Looking great, what a transformation in quick time as well! What make etch primer did you use i need to get some for my bare Vitesse bonnet. I am struggling with the rest of my DIY spray job at the moment. Trying to find out what I am doing wrong as after leaving nice glossy painted front, rear, side valances and sills out in the rain after a couple of weeks drying time, I am left with whitish circular water marks. When wipped off it leaves a slight raised outline in the shape of the water droplet. Does the same with tap water. A little t-cut and it polishes out. I can only think the paint is not cured, and maybe I put it on to heavy. I am using lechler mac 5 which is a nitro acrylic 1k paint, asked for cellulose and was told it was the same stuff, not so sure. Spec sheet says three coats, where from memory you can put on several coats of cellulose. Nice glossy finish and touch dry within minutes, just need to understand what's happening before I go any further as i dont fancy running out to the car with T-cut every time it rains. Mark
  4. HI Nick I fitted 2.8 Capri discs to my Vitesse, and from memory bought the caliper spacer kit from Canleys. I had a spacer ring made up that pressed inside the Capri disc to centre it on the Vitesse hub. I then used spacers to gain some clearance between the track rod end rubber and disc. From memory still to close, part of the problem being the repro boots that flatten out to much making the diameter to large. I found some new old stock ones that fit much better. From memory the hub is close to the calliper but a miss is as good as a mile. Hopefully car will be on the road this year, so I'll find out if there are any issues. Mark
  5. Hi all I need to buy some more paint for the Vitesse as I seem to have lost a couple of litres from the 5 litres of cellulose I bought years ago. I know there could be issues matching the existing shade so was going to buy another 5 litres. The place I originally bought the paint has long gone, so was looking at 1k paint and assumed this would be Nitro Cellulose. I was going to go with a Lechler Macrofan Mac 5 as this was offered by a couple of suppliers and from previous experience I rate Lechler products. Looking at the spec sheet it is a Nitro Acrylic paint, not Nitro cellulose. I am sure it is a good paint but wondered how it compares to cellulose, or is all solvent based paint now Acrylic. Any ideas? Mark
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    HI Nick, sorry you are having to go through all this discomfort whilst recovering. I have a little insight, as about 30 years ago I watched my dad go through a similar but probably more crude process in his early 50s, and the subsequent blockages, discomfort etc. that followed. Not nice at all. Hope you start feeling better soon. Mark
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    Good luck and all the best Nick. Mark
  8. I have owned a Norbar torque wrench for about 30 years. Well made, nice quality tool. Mark
  9. Thanks lads, great idea. Mark
  10. Hi all Picked up an old hand operated forge blower the other week at Enfield Pageant. The elderly Irish Gent asked if I knew what it was, to me it looked like a forge blower but he referred to it as a 'Fanner' and that most houses in Ireland had them years ago to help get the fire started, don't know how true that is? Anyway I want to restore it and was wondering the best way of replacing the drive shaft that is badly worn, and the holes in the cast iron that the drive shaft ran in, now elliptical. After lots of effort and patience I managed to separate the two halves of the blower without breaking it, and then cut the worn shaft in half to remove it from the castings. Not sure how the pulley was originally fixed to the shaft, maybe the pulley had a hole drilled in it then heated and the shaft pressed in. Same for the boss that holds the paddles(one missing) to the shaft. Initial thoughts were to sleeve the holes in the casting then drill out to the correct diameter for a new shaft. Then maybe drill out the centre of the pulley fit in the new shaft and use a pin through the side to hold it in placed same with the boss for the paddles/fans. Not sure if I should use a different material for the bearing surface as what looks like a mild steel rod has been running in the cast iron for probably 100+ years before wearing out. What's the best engineering solution chaps! Mark
  11. Mark

    Stupid B*****d (me)

    I could have kicked myself last year, reported here, when I dropped a nut into the bell housing through the hole where the slave cylinder sits. Don't beat yourself up, it happens to us all. I made up this bendy magnet with one of the tiny, very very strong magnets epoxied onto the end and then bound with I think a bit of inner tube rubber and isulating tap, so as to stop it grabbing from side to side, and belt and braises as I didn't fancy leaving the magnet behind. Got the manget from Maplins. Did try a endoscope attached to a smart phone, but I couldn't see much due to the shape of the bell housing, but maybe something to consider in your situation. Magnet worked eventually. Mark
  12. HI John I've seen wireless tyre pressure sensors on eBay advertised for trucks and trailers in the past. From memory they screw onto the valve with the receiver in the car. Mark
  13. Eddie had a highly modified blue mk4 Spitfire 1300, rear lower wishbone set up, always remember it ran with a hard top. Very quick car and a great driver. Very nice fellow, who knew how to make triumphs go quick. You can see good close ups of it racing in the tssc race series on YouTube.
  14. Blimey they look well cooked. Looks like you got good use out of them which is satisfying. I removed the dust sheild and fitted 2.8 Capri discs to my Vitesse yet to be tested, which I think will be enough, but was thinking of adding some extra cooling/ducting via the front valence. Mark
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    Hi Nick You can do without this! Not nice. Good that you got checked out though. all the best. Mark