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About kevin the chicken

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    Wheely good builder!
  • Birthday 04/26/1961

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    Chatteris, Cambridgeshire
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    Cars, tractors, fishing, metal detecting, football, home brewing.

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    16v vauxhall series 7, Sylva Leader with Pinto
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    kevin john carpenter

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  1. kevin the chicken

    3a radiator

    Make sure all the gaps around the radiator are blocked so the air has to go through rather than around it. You need somewhere for the air to escape too. Then you have extracted maximum efficiency out of your radiator. An electric fan is a good idea as it works at maximum speed when you need it and not at all when you don't. The expensive fans are much more effective than the cheap ones as others on this forum will testify. Having said that my sierra radiator and cheap fan cope with my modified redtop on road usage with no problem.
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    Redtop sump gasket

    Hello bob. Yes I have the sbd sump. I have checked the length of the screws today to make sure none of them are too long. My new tube of wynns black gasket maker came today so I will have another go tomorrow with the cork gasket. I can always try a different gasket as kerry suggested if it becomes a nuisance but I wasn't far away from oiltight last time so hopefully I can improve on it this time. Have you a suggested torque figure?
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    Redtop sump gasket

    I am about to put the sump back on my redtop engine after removing it to have the drain plug thread recut after it stripped at service time. I noticed that the cork gasket I had in store for such occasions has a set of washers supplied with that fit inside the cut holes, presumably to prevent the gasket from being crushed by over tightening. I have not used them before, are they are good idea or should I leave them out? I would like to get this on so that there are no drips on the garage floor, it did weep a little last time but I didn't have any torque setting to follow so just guessed!
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    Weather Protection

    Ian hits the nail on the head. The tonneau does offer a bit of protection when parked but will leak after a while. Never tried using it when driving. I intend to fabricate a surrey top when I get chance. At the moment I just use a good waterproof outfit, you don't get as wet as you would expect as long as you are moving, it's when you stop that it gets unpleasant.
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    electric fuel pump

    If you do decide to fit a pressure regulator fit it as near to the carb as possible. Just because a pump is rated to give 6psi at the tank doesn't mean it will give that at the carb. Frictional loss. Surprising what difference that can make. I guess it's up to you what which path you take, as said before its pointless having a high pressure pump and then putting a regulator on it but a regulator will control what you are getting at the carb regardless. I plumbed in a temporary pressure gauge at the carbs to get my pressure right and have never had any more problems with leaks or flooding since. Looks like there isn't much difference between the price of the regulator and a pump either!
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    electric fuel pump

    The pump will run all of the time. It may be that it is over fuelling the carb or carb's. Fit a fuel pressure regulator, one with a filter element is not a bad idea. My twin 45s are set to receive only about 3psi if my memory serves me correctly. Get the right pressure at the carb then start fiddling with mixtures or better still get it on the rolling road.
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    I don't believe it....

    Same, the old one opened with a screwdriver. Any good locksmith will be able to copy a key of most types. Mine can do caravan locks, padlocks, 50 year old trucks etc. When the local ford dealer couldn't supply me a key for a Ford escort without a number he whipped the lock out in about 30 seconds and cut one just by looking at it. Granted it didn't work the first time but the whole procedure only took 10 minutes and I was away with some spare keys. I got rid of my locking petrol cap reasoning that I would rather lose 25 quids worth of petrol than have 100 quids of damage and still lose the petrol.
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    Vacuum advance

    A trick that works with old tractors sometimes is to put the spark plugs under the grill on the cooker to get them up to optimum operating temperature. Not with the wife's toast obviously. Has it got the mechanical fuel pump or is it an electric one? If dry plugs check for fuel to carb. Can't be much if it was running and you haven't tinkered with it since.
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    kimbolton sporting bears

    What's involved dave? You might get some takers if you post that.
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    Robin Hood Series 3 - project - £900

    Absolute bargain. I am surprised it's still on here. I would be thinking about it myself if I hadn't handed my notice in yesterday. Body looks OK just needs a rover v8 dropping in!
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    pinto with twin 40s ! Standard fuel pump!

    I run twin 45s on my redtop. The pump is noisy although mounted on rubber bobbins but you can't hear it once the engine fires up. I also have a fuel pressure regulator set to about 3.5 psi mounted near the carbs. A fuel cut off switch from a Ford mondeo completes the set up, mounted under the dash where it is easily accessible as a savage pothole can trigger it.
  12. kevin the chicken

    winter body work

    Stunning. When I saw the post title i did think I was going to see a mounted snow plough though. At this time of year it's as much as I can do to service mine. Well done
  13. kevin the chicken

    Go Pro or other suitable alternative

    I'd follow the advice of the canny Yorkshire man. The newer go pro camera's do loads of things you will never need, fine if you are making the next star wars epic but not needed on a road car. I think mine is a hero 3 black edition, there should be loads of those available cheaply now as people update and then you can afford some extra batteries and mounts. My children and wife did make a film with mine where the main actors were sticklebacks, following their story from stream to net to bucket and then back again so you can do other things with them if you want. I may put the directors cut on YouTube if I can think of a good title!
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    Cyclewing brackets S3A

    As far as I am concerned Christmas ends at midnight. I'm in the garage tomorrow without fail, with approval from the other members of the family so that they can watch what television they want.
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    Cyclewing brackets S3A

    Gbs still sell them or at least they did a year or so ago. I broke one and bought a pair to replace mine but have never got around to it, I prefer driving to fixing. Mine are just bodged together to allow me to use the car. The old ones have been welded on so that was going to make it a bit of a mission to remove and refit. If these ones are more rigid then I may try them instead especially if there's no welding involved. Simple to fit bob?