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General Discussion / Build Manuals
« Last post by Wellsmark on May 04, 2022, 10:24:12 PM »
Hi All, is it still possible to get hold of the build manual. I saw a post on here which was from some time ago when CD versions were being offered.

General Discussion / Re: New Fuel Tank required
« Last post by jon3000 on April 26, 2022, 08:16:37 PM »
It sounds like you may have it under control.

If you do end up having to go for a custom tank one of the things to remember is that you need the provision fuel level sender, some of the tanks aimed at the racing marker seem to regard that as an unnecessary luxury. Having to cut your own hole avoiding any baffles is probably something you want to avoid.

Regards Jon
General Discussion / Re: New Fuel Tank required
« Last post by jarmezuk on April 25, 2022, 04:47:12 PM »
Thanks All. I’ve been in touch with Chris Weedon Chairman of the Marina Owners Club -  believe they are working at modifying an MGB tank to fit the Marina. Regardless there are a few firms that fix fuel tanks (Guildford Raidiators being one) - might give them a go

General Discussion / Re: New Fuel Tank required
« Last post by istreatf on April 24, 2022, 06:16:27 PM »
Hi James - just another little problem for you to solve to keep the Bulldog on the road! When I was building my Hawthorn (which was based on a modified Bulldog chassis so had similar dimensions) a few years ago it came without a Marina fuel tank, so I just had to do something to solve your very same problem. Then I thought that my Mk2 Bulldog tank was getting on for 40 years old, so it might be a good idea to swap it out for something new. A similar one of course - a rectangular tank as per the pictures below. You might be able to get one at Stoneleigh in which case I would go for the nearest dimensions you can - dimensions  (in inches) roughly 30 x 8 x 10 and i'll have a look through my paperwork to see if I can find out where i bought it from  and the exact dimensions and shape - might have a sloping rear - but you might well like to  have a go at getting one to fit better, have a bigger capacity, or different configuration. As Jon says, an innovative solution that suits you best is what you will have to come up with. You might like to install a slim tank in the original position under the boot floor, for example. The choice is yours - good luck!

Sorry the pics are upside down - uploaded them right side up but displayed upside down - so I edited them to be upside down but still displaying here upside down. DOH. Or should it be DAH? (Do a handstand!)
General Discussion / Re: New Fuel Tank required
« Last post by jon3000 on April 22, 2022, 11:28:08 PM »
Good Luck with your car. The thing about kit cars is you often have to come up with innovative solutions when it comes to repairs.

I am not that familiar with the bulldog. At the end of the day the fuel tank is just  container to hold fuel, and there are a number of fabricators of custom fuel tanks if you search the internet.  It might be a good idea to go along to Stoneleigh Kit car show, which is coming up soon, and talk with some of the companies there, take some measurements and photos.

If the tank a relatively simple rectangular box it is likely  a custom tank made by or for Pilgrim, or if it has a more complex shape it may have come from the donor?  Do you know if your Bulldog is based on the Morris Marina, I think some later were based on Ford running gear.

General Discussion / New Fuel Tank required
« Last post by jarmezuk on April 22, 2022, 03:10:10 PM »
Hi All,

Ive recently restored my MK2 bulldog (owned since '91) - car runs beautifully but requires a new fuel tank - cant find one anywhere so any suggestions please?


General Discussion / Re: 2022 Shows
« Last post by istreatf on April 04, 2022, 10:33:04 AM »
Details now received from Grosvenor Shows.
General Discussion / Re: 3000 Rear Brakes
« Last post by jon3000 on March 19, 2022, 05:49:12 PM »
I  have just about fixed the brakes.

The issue was weeping brake cylinder coating the brake shoes and drum  face, it did not leak much but enough to screw up the brakes

for reference my brake are Ford Sierra,
The shoes are Ford part  5015665
Brake Cylinder Ford Part 6009659 (20.6 mm piston)

I also replaced the rear brake hoses, my car required the longer threaded male end so the Sierra ones did not work.
I found the

Ford Escort Front Hoses 1572004 fitted perfectly for the rear.

I hope it all passes the MOT retest. Regarding balancing, I have a couple of observations, there is a 22mm piston for estate car which probably fits so it would need to be both the same, the 20.6 is what my car uses. There is an automatic adjuster, I made sure they were both moving freely, one of mine was a bit stuck. After changing the shoes I reset the them so one was not starting over tensioned, it should adjust after operating the brakes a couple of times.

Fingers crossed I can get it retested Monday.
General Discussion / Re: Pilgrim bulldog 93 3.0 V6 Essex
« Last post by jon3000 on March 13, 2022, 11:09:04 PM »
Welcome To the forum

I don't have experience with the Bulldog, but it always seemed like fun vehicle. I don't know when Pilgrim stopped making the Bulldog kit but it I recall seeing it in Magazines in the early 1980s. I always wanted one but I was young and too poor.

As Nigel mentioned the Bulldog was based on many parts from the Morris Marina, which was produced for many years, and later model became the known as the Morris Ital. I imagine the parts for Brakes will be Marina, and will be obtainable reasonably easily, but I could be wrong.

You may want to buy an old Haynes manual for a Marina to look through, but before you spend any money a conversation with Ian would be recommended, he is the resident Bulldog expert on this forum

Its worrying that there is only one mounting point it implies that the Engine swap was not done to the highest standard. I imagine you will need to get creative and weld in an appropriate mounting point. Be careful not to damage your car when welding, as the fibre glass can melt with excess heat.

Assuming its been correctly road registered then you have a good basis for some hobby mechanics and the car is simple and fun.

Regards Jon

PS Just did an internet search Some (probably the later models) used Ford Cortina for the running gear.
General Discussion / Re: 3000 Rear Brakes
« Last post by Nigel Haldane on March 13, 2022, 01:59:09 PM »
The nut is v tight, yep hammer comes to its own!
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