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General Discussion / Tax Exempt recent changes?
« Last post by istreatf on February 19, 2018, 12:56:11 PM »
I have been looking through various forums on the Internet, as you do, and come across the old Historic Vehicle battleground again. Now that the year is rolling again, so I understand, It looks like kit-car owners are getting their old kits re-classified as Historic Vehicles and so road tax free. And it depends on the year of manufacture and first registration of the donor as well, not when the kit was completed and 'first registered'.
Seeing as my donor car was a 1978 'S', it would appear that my kit would be eligible for re-classification this year?
Has anyone else already gone down this route?
I admit I have not been looking a the kit-car press recently so I may well be out of date on this one.......
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General Discussion / Southern Xmas Do
« Last post by Tom Burton on November 28, 2017, 01:23:32 PM »
The southern Christmas bash will be at Shoreham Kent on the Tuesday 12th December this year.
There are 12 takers going so far and the Crown Inn, 84 High Street, Shoreham,  Kent, TN14 7TJ, is the venue.

http://www.crowninnsevenoaks.co.uk/index

All welcome but please let Ian Streetfield know prior to the day & ASAP really.

Thanks

Chairman Tom
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General Discussion / Northern/Midlands Xmas Bash
« Last post by Tom Burton on November 23, 2017, 03:47:43 PM »
the Midlands Christmas bash will be at Thame on the 9th December this year.
There are 10 takers going so far and the Belfry Hotel, Milton Common has been organised as the venue.

Others welcome but at this stage they will have to organize with the Hotel themselves. If they let Kevin Pierce or Nigel Barnacle  know prior to the day if they are going -- but sooner rather than later..

Chairman Tom
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General Discussion / Sothern Xmas Bash
« Last post by Tom Burton on November 23, 2017, 03:46:25 PM »
he southern Christmas bash will be at Shoreham Kent on the Tuesday 12th December this year.
There are 12 takers going so far and the Crown Inn, 84 High Street, Shoreham,  Kent, TN14 7TJ, is the venue.

http://www.crowninnsevenoaks.co.uk/index

All welcome but please let Ian Streetfield know prior to the day & ASAP really.

Thanks

Chairman Tom
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General Discussion / Re: It fires, then stops then goes again............
« Last post by Roger 3OOO on November 21, 2017, 02:41:45 PM »
Sorry - no idea; call the AA???  I'm not being a lot of help, am I? [as the advert went]
Hope you get it sorted before Stoneleigh!
Roger
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General Discussion / It fires, then stops then goes again............
« Last post by istreatf on November 20, 2017, 08:56:53 PM »
Lady Ermintrude is suffering. After passing her 32nd MOT test a week to the day ago, and driving to and from the MOT centre some 4-5 miles from home with no inkling of a problem, I managed to drive just 100 yards yesterday before the engine just stopped. Restarted OK with absolutely no power. Simple I think - the dashpot is stuck. Dashpot (empty) refilled and starts up again. Still no power? What's going on? Won't restart this time with absolutely no electrics. Must replace the isolating switch on the battery - gave it a fiddle and starts up again. Still no power. Just managed to turn around and get to within pushing distance of home.
T'Internets search says it could be failing petrol pump, kinked petrol pipe (it's new so I suspect not), gunk in float chamber, vacuum in petrol tank (checked - nope), sticking float valve (hello Dixon), sticking dashpot, failing electronic ignition, failing ignition switch, no petrol (checked - nope), and if anyone suggests a bad earth I will crown them. Well maybe it is.
First the easy one for the next sunny day after I have replaced the isolating switch on the battery - float, fuel pump, check petrol pipe for kinks. Earth. Right.
I'll update when something comes up. 
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General Discussion / Re: My Float Chamber is leaking (ooh err missus)
« Last post by istreatf on November 16, 2017, 10:50:45 AM »
Hi Dixon,
How much is it leaking? Is it flooding the place? Are you sure that it is coming from the float chamber and not the petrol pipe connection from the fuel pump?
If the float chamber is overflowing, ie 'leaking', then the petrol level inside the chamber is too high. That usually means that either the float valve has ceased to work properly and/or is stuck, or the float is no longer floating. Sticky float valves are not uncommon and are relatively easy to replace. Sticky floats are not uncommon either.
As for the metal to metal contact, well yes there should be a gasket there but if the float level is correct and the float working properly then there is actually no need for one. In any case don't seal it with any sort of gunk or sealer - that won't fix the underlying problem, which is in all likelihood the float valve.
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General Discussion / Re: My Float Chamber is leaking (ooh err missus)
« Last post by hal 1 on November 06, 2017, 07:36:22 PM »
I don't know the carb set up but I find it hard to believe that it shouldn't need a gasket, metal against metal on a fuel system doesn't sound right to me.
A carb specialist should be able to help you
Hal
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General Discussion / Re: The National Kit Car Motor Show, Stoneleigh 2018
« Last post by Dixon Jones on November 05, 2017, 12:20:33 PM »
This time I won't arrange a bike ride that weekend :)
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General Discussion / My Float Chamber is leaking (ooh err missus)
« Last post by Dixon Jones on November 05, 2017, 12:19:47 PM »
The front Petrol float chamber on my MGB Twin carb is leaking petrol.

I assumed that the fix was to change a thin rubber washer... but on removal, no washer/gasket exists... so my questions are:

1: Should there be one? The MGB Halynes manual doesn't suggest there is, but that's metal against metal... but OK, I can believe it but then...

2: If it is leaking and it doesn't use a gasket, how do I stop the leak? It isn't crakcked or anything... do I put some kind of plumbing sealant between the haner and the fuel entry plate, or do I just tighten in all up within an inchi of its life and hope for the best?

Any help for this simple entyhuisiast is very welcome.
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