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  1. The ads make me think of Lumiweld. I bought some rods years ago, hoping I might be able to bodge some old castings. .....of course I couldn't produce any kind of adhesion. The ads and videos make it look so easy! I suspect this will be similar, though the little video on the link shows a beautiful fillet on the aluminium....
  2. I finally put the GT6 back on the road last year. What a joy after 20 years sitting in the garage (and the longest ever engine build!). With my love of the "barn find" look I've run it with the full 20 year covering of dust and spider crap for a year or so, but now feel the old girl deserves a little love - and a polish. T-cut and hand polishing is taking an age (and now some is done, I have to finish it as it looks awful half done). So wanting some sage advice I've searched the forum for advice on polishing machines - where this came up. I'd been thinking of a rotary, as it c
  3. You're right about the brightwork quality, though fortunately most of our cars no longer have to suffer the winter months and salt on the roads - so the "flash chrome" lasts OK. .....though I'm a fan of the used look, I'm certainly not a show car owner!
  4. Ivor Searle did mine. Front bearing was oval, I wasn't happy with it. They definitely know what they're doing (they also did my small ends bushes after another machine shop buggered it up. Ring them, they send vans round picking stuff up, you might be able to leave the block with a local garage (I gave mine a box of biscuits for the 'service'), and Ivor S pick it up FoC....! https://ivorsearle.co.uk/
  5. Thanks guys, I'll have a look in my bolt tin, I may have one from a Herald I owned many decades ago
  6. The sleeve and bolt are standard, but I much prefer your shouldered bolt. Where did it come from? Was it a special you made up, or something I can buy ready made (you called it 'standard'; standard for what?). ...and if ready made do you have any dimensions? Length and diameter of shoulder are key. Thanks for the replies.
  7. Or should I just go for the Gaz units that the TSSC sell and claim are the only ones with the correct lengths?
  8. Could any / all advise on rear dampers for a GT6 with rotoflex - and chassis extension brackets. I'd decided to go for Koni, normal would be 80/1389, but in removing the old leaking SPAX units, I realised the top mount sleeve was designed for assembly only, disassembly was a complete arse and needed considerable force and bodgery to get an only slightly rusty sleeve out (there is nowhere to push / drift the sleeve from the 'blank' end - left hand side in image that I'll try and attach....). So questions: >> Is there a recognised mod to make disassembly easier? I was go
  9. Great reference, thanks. Are you sure the output shaft bearings should be C3? I have just replaced mine, and used the same as removed. The diff was put together by John Kipping about 25 years ago. A great source for bearings is "Simply Bearings". Great choice; prices and super fast delivery (don't bother with express delivery as the standard free delivery comes next day!).
  10. That looks gorgeous. If only it were an estate..... I had a holiday in Holland over the summer, in and near the water. Man, those Dutch look after their old stuff. There were 80 year old tug boats that looked brand new, and the most beautiful of yachts; all immaculate. Saw a few 80's cars too, that were in fantastic condition.
  11. Oh yeah! Bet it rots fuel pipes! I need some 5/16" sae 'r14 pipe. Phoned the local suppliers who were hopeless. I see Moss sell the gates barricade stuff. Think I'll order from them (unless anyone has a better source that uses genuine suppliers?). Cheers all,. Will.
  12. .... Oh, and once carbon fuels are banned I'll make a still and brew some alcohol fuel to get my fix of internal combustion engines
  13. Glad you don't feel got at Hamish, it was not my intent to make it personal! I see it like the airline compensation thing. I fly for work, and see many delays. Most of the time I consider that par for the course, but on the occasion Lufthansa gave very late notification, and I had to drive 3 hours across Austria to catch an alternative flight (and made it just in time with no time for a calming drink); they owed me. The £200 compo bought me plus wife dinner, and some of the remainder went to my choice of good a good cause. I have no guilt in driving older cars. In reality my GT6 emit
  14. Nick, your points encompass the situation in respect of the class action well. I believe they are all ambulance chasers. However, I have been disgusted by VW's behavior. The EPA in the states are known to take this really seriously and issue very substantial fines wherever they can. Their regulations even require manufacturers to comply with the word and the spirit of the regulations. There is plenty of precedent. The US truck engine manufacturers were all found to be cheating, and those with a US business entity were given massive fines, and asked to introduce the next Tier of
  15. BMW sixes are glorious. I have a 3 litre petrol in a 1 series. It is fantastic. Smooth (you get to the red line and think "how the hell did that happen, can't I have a couple of thousand more revs...."), and damned powerful - traction control works overtime in the wet if you're not feather light on the throttle! Vanos is a hoot too, from 4500 rpm it starts to take off. It would be a great engine for a Triumph, but I like the approach of refining and tweaking what's there rather than completely changing it (but I approve of those who want to make more radical changes). I think
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