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About Longboarder

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    Surfing, cars classic or kit and nurturing a deepening and I suspect mutual hatred of computers.

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    Nigel Thurstan
  1. Longboarder

    Zetec Swirl Pot

    Why would you put a swirl pot in the engine bay?? Apart from heat issues most pumps pump far better than they suck so their sensible place is close to the tank. If you install it wrong it doesn't work well. Therefore the system is flawed. No. The install was flawed.
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    Zetec Swirl Pot

    The negatives of low pressure pump adding an extra component to fail are offset by the absolute reliability of the system in fuel supply under any conditions apart from inverted. As for extra complication? Sit down. Work out how it works. Plumb and wire it in. Stops being complicated if you understand it. Fit once and forget. Also increases fuel carrying capacity by 1-2 litres. Bonus! I swear by mine (but also occasionally at my LP pump).
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    Throttle Bodies

    Beautiful things but a fierce price. Half that gets you a set of DCOE style jenvey throttlebodies which are very close in performance if not looks. Ebay can be even better value if you can be patient.
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    Lidl Jump Starter

    Can I ask how the booster charges itself? Do you have to take it to a 240v socket to charge it or does it plug in to the cigarette lighter socket and maintain itself at optimal charge?
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    "cheap" Chinese Gauges

    Alan, does that device know the speed limit where ever it is on the road or do you have to set a speed limit and it just beeps or flashes when you exceed the speed you set?
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    Its A Smoker!

    Valve stem seals can certainly cause oil smoke from the exhaust but are very unlikely to pressurise the crankcase so I would be more inclined to think its bore/ring wear and a rebore/bottom end rebuild is a long term option/fix if the problem persists. You could try a quick 'cheap and cheerful' new set of piston rings and see if that helps but if you were to strip the engine down far enough to fit new rings, another half dozen bolts and the block is ready to be taken for a rebore.
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    Its A Smoker!

    Some people have had crankcase pressurising in the past because the Ford produced elbow that fits into the block breather has a one way valve in it. This valve does require slight intake vacuum to open and ford plumbed it into the inlet manifold. This ensured negative pressure to open and evacuate the crankcase and burned the oil fumes by passing them through the engine. All good till kitcar builders put the pipe into a catch can or vented it below the car. Without inlet vacuum to open the valve pressure builds. So remove the valve from the elbow or better still feed it into the inlet manifold. Below is the breather valve. The lower edge has been ground off and the lightly sprung 'penny valve' plate has dropped out.
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    I have had an old mini heater in mine for years and it cooks up a storm. I've had to stop in snowy weather to take clothes off. Mind you my roof and sidescreens are well fitted apart from the almost inevitable cold right elbow syndrome. So a healthy mini heater matrix and fan can be very good.
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    The Fairies In The Garage

    Looks like the car was developing an ignition problem. You replaced most of the ignition system. If you didn't move the distributor when you replaced cap and leads there are only a few things you could have mixed up. Prime suspect is you had the engine on TDC for cylinder 4 and set up the plug leads as if it was on TDC for cylinder 1. You can check you have the engine on TDC for 1 by taking out the No.1 spark plug and while turning the engine sticking your thumb over the plug seat. You feel the pressure as the piston rises toward TDC. Bet that's what you done. LT wires on wrong coil terminals is possible. Moved the dizzy so far off its correct position it wont fire is remotely possible. Duff new parts also a possible.
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    Throttle Cable Routing

    A more elegant solution to avoid fatigue failure and significant flexing is to make a simple quadrant based on a grooved circle of the same radius as the height of the adjuster above the pivot of the axle round which the cable runs and is fixed. Basically just what Ford did with the sierra pedal, minus the adjuster.
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    Pretty Sure Its A Blown Head Gasket

    Blocks are strong and stable but check flatness anyway. The cylinder head although cast iron can warp. Mine did. Best to strip the head and get it skimmed flat just as you would with any aluminium head. Then you can use any standard head gasket. Maybe ARP head bolts or new standard.
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    Pictures Of Front End

    The different front ends are pictured here to help you identify your car. http://nw.rhocar.org/identification.htm
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    Rh Suspension Upgrades? Ditching Sierra Rear Arms?

    Independent rear semi trailing arms. Can be decent. Good shocks. Correct spring rate for a car weighing 300Kg at that end. Perhaps an ARB at the front. They are mounted too low giving weird camber effects and they are very heavy. Never be quite as good as double wishbone rear end. First thing is what have you got? Are the shocks mounted from the centre of the spring pan or the bracket off the rear of the arm? Are the top ends of the shocks securely located and solid? What springs are you running? Separate from the shocks or mounted as coilovers? Do you want to make the best of the sierra setup or get fabricating and make double wishbones and chassis mounts (which is a pretty big job and has not to my knowledge been done by a RH owner before)?
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    Warning Lights Wiring

    Yes. Just see what the switching wire does when the main beam is switched on. It will probably go to earth if the switches have been wired as they were in the sierra. Then it's just a question of using that as the earth for the warning light and supplying the other side of the warning light with an ignition live supply.
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    Unleaded Or Not

    Ford very helpfully stamped letters on the exhaust manifold face at the back of the engine. 'Made for EFI' heads were all unleaded and had pear shaped inlet ports.