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by scmarf
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:35 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

It's been a while... Currently running on running in oil but still not running well. To do: Make up a switched, parallel ignition circuit to see if the wiring is causing it to run poorly. Fix speedometer and odometer. Fix fuel sender. Fit replacement coil. Fit replacement HT set. New rear spring/sho...
by scmarf
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Se5/5a
Topic: Earthing Rear Lights
Replies: 13
Views: 2869

Earthing Rear Lights

Update: I just called Rimmers to see if they supplied holders with the earth tab. They said they did do I ordered 50 GBP worth but when they arrived they did not have the earth tab so I sent them back. Rimmers confirmed I had been misled on the first phonecall. :bh Back to soldering an earth wire to...
by scmarf
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Non-Technical Discussion
Topic: Optimistic Price SE6
Replies: 20
Views: 2075

Optimistic Price SE6

It does have leather lined centre console and matching upholstery :) . Maybe it has royal heritage :W
by scmarf
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Coupe Racing wrote:
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:41 pm
So is it fixed
We will be getting an MOT when the insurance is sorted just to make sure it is ready for the road but assuming no nasty surprises -
Yes - as far as they ever are.
by scmarf
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

First drive :D

Outward journey: garage onto drive.
Return journey: drive to garage.

Well, it's a start!

Actual purpose of the move was to get valuation photos and sweep the garage floor for the first time in over 4 years!
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by scmarf
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:09 am
Forum: How To Guides/FAQs
Topic: Vehicle Storage
Replies: 77
Views: 25726

Vehicle Storage

Hi Jim. Happy new year! :)
Ben's SE5a is pretty much finished now. I wondered if there is any room at Gloucester and if so, are the rates above still correct? I would anticipate storage for a few months while he sorts something more local.
Cheers.
by scmarf
Sat Dec 29, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Non-Technical Discussion
Topic: Tom Karen OBE
Replies: 7
Views: 1584

Tom Karen OBE

It really couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2018-12 ... ia-region/
by scmarf
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Problem diagnosed! :) I measured up the bearing cap diameter and shell thickness. I then added a .003in clearance and it worked out that the journal was nowhere near the factory nominal (about 2.49in). I went out and managed to get a .007in (eventually .008in) feeler gauge EACH SIDE of the journal/u...
by scmarf
Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: General Technical Discussion
Topic: Car Clinic in Darwen
Replies: 9
Views: 1698

Car Clinic in Darwen

I'm embarrassed at having called them twice now and despite receiving expert advice, have yet to buy anything from them. Perhaps my recommendation may help redress the balance.
by scmarf
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

So your engine is definitely a late one, with dipstick on the side of the block? I don't have an Essex V6 manual to hand but would guess at nearly 3 thou main bearing clearances are on the limit, possibly caused by the crank polish. I'd be aiming for half that figure. Same with the big ends. Whethe...
by scmarf
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Starting Monday I will be taking out all the main bearings and starting from scratch. :bh :cloud:
by scmarf
Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

And then again, speaking to Martin at 'Car Clinic', he confirms that 'window' followers are compatible with the later (post 60s) V6 engine (in line with Keith at Burton Power). :bh
by scmarf
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

So many questions! :) Check the main bearing caps are the right way round . If wrong then their upper bearing counterparts will be wrong and the main oil feed to the crank will be blocked , mind you I don't suppose this would cause low pressure.... Otherwise size all bearings to crank to check clear...
by scmarf
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:27 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Well I just spoke to Keith at Burton Power. He says the 'window' cam followers are compatible with the old design so it looks like it's a problem with the bearings. Looks like the engine needs to come out so I can start again :(
by scmarf
Tue Dec 11, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Project Progress
Topic: Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a
Replies: 591
Views: 73435

Ben's (an emotional quandry) 1975 SE5a

Really appreciate the support on this guys. :hurrah: (and on the phone from Martin North - shouldn't you be working Martin? :wink: ) I have decided to try using my brain instead of my spanners this morning and try and think logically. This comes down to: 'what have I changed?' minus 'what have I che...

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