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kevin the chicken

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kevin the chicken last won the day on June 10 2019

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About kevin the chicken

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    Wheely good builder!
  • Birthday 04/26/1961

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

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

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  1. Ctek is a good make. All Cambridgeshires fire appliances use a version of their charger. They are left on all the time they are in the bays and they don't just keep the engine batteries topped up, there are radios and a light portable pump with batteries too
  2. They look good. What I didn't mention is that by careful calculation and measurement it is possible to change wheel sizes and by selecting the correct size and profile of tyres still have the same rolling circumference so you don't effect ride height or speedometer calibration
  3. Should have the offset stamped on the inside ie et 82 or similar. You need pcd which is pitch circle diameter , spacing of studs you need to measure in mm if you don't know and you need width and size of wheel. This governs the tyre size and choice . Plenty of choice in 15 inch not much in 14 for instance . Width is probably stamped on inside too ie 6j
  4. I can hear mine when the ignition is on and it does make a lot of noise, perhaps it needs moving where it will vibrate less. It is mounted on rubber feet though. It has been like that for as long as I have owned the car and you can't hear itt or anything else for that matter once the engine is running. If it works then leave it alone, if it doesn't then replace it. You could always carry one as a spare, they don't take up a lot of room and are not extortionate in price
  5. Having a series 7 it won't be quite the same for me but this does give me a good idea on how to set about it. Good pictures and description. Now just got to find the time!
  6. I've never heard of that either. I have to stay with mine because my tester can't get in or out because of a bad hip but I'm quite happy to do that in case there is a problem which I can fix. Whatever next, no tests on red cars?
  7. I used silicone hose for mine, it's available in several different sizes and angles. If you can't find exactly what you need you could buy two pieces and cut them and use a metal joiner. Also available on ebay. I prefer silicone as it is a bit more supple and easier to work with. You can get in different colours too.
  8. They can be quite noisy but once the engine fires up there is no chance of hearing it on my car. I wired mine in through a switch on the dash so it wouldn't be running when I was messing around with the ignition system for one reason or another. There is also an inertia switch behind the dash which came from a Ford mondeo, complete with warning light as a good pothole can set it off and there's no shortage of those around here.
  9. New alternator and some adjustment to one of the wires cured the problem. The connection on the end had been changed so that it didn't fit in the plug properly and therefore wasn't even touching the tab on the alternator. Maybe fixing this first would have cured the problem but I am happier now it has the correct unit on, belt tension adjustment is much better as the old one protruded too far out. Makes it easier to get the engine side panel back on. Onwards to the next problem now.
  10. Think I will tax mine for six months from 1st June and then sorn when the weather turns or it gets too cold for me, most likely the latter. Would make the cost more reasonable for a car that does few miles.
  11. Had a look at the alternator this morning and it is not the correct one for the tractor although the output is more or less correct. So a new one has been ordered so at least I am working with the right parts. This seems to be a common problem with old vehicles and I have learned not to swap like for like without checking original part numbers.
  12. You can get hermes to pick up from your address too
  13. The battery is brand new. The old one wouldn't hold a charge so I presume continual flattening had killed it. With the corona virus restrictions that are in place here at the moment it might be difficult to find a place to get it tested even if they were open so I may just buy a new one and hope for the best. They are available for about 60 or 70 pounds, money which I would rather not spend but I don't want to go trolling around east anglia with all the associated risks to find that it is dead anyway.
  14. You are right with the fuel pressure, I had leaks everywhere on the carbs until I put a regulator on and adjusted the pressure down. I think I used 2 or 2.5 psi like you. They do need low pressure but plenty of flow when they get working properly.
  15. I did check the belt but it seemed OK. It's all fairly easy to get at despite the front loader. I'm not really suspecting the wiring as there is the gradual dimming of the light as the revs increase
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