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  1. Incidently this post should be in Chassis not lightweight. The robin hood lightweight was a short lived aluminium mono kit, thankfully long discontinued.
  2. At the back the rear subframe is good as it has a large spreader plate bolted on top of the floor. At the front I have always used the inboard mounting points of the track control arms, I am unsure if your jack system will work for points that far apart. I once saw a MOT tester jack my car from the rear anti roll bar mounts and cringed but no harm was done.
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    Somewhere about 2008 2009 RAC used towing dollies behind Transits but I have not seen one in use for a long time. They did not have brakes. At the time there was some discussion that this was OK for recovery but not OK for haulage. The fact that they do not appear to still use them makes me think that they are not fully legal. I have no training in law just my observation.
  4. Plus a route to avoid my pet hate the M6 M5 junction through Birmingham when going to Malvern. I am thinking of the A49 to Leominster then it looks fun.
  5. Yes it is about 16 miles further south. They are both about 60 meters above sea level. I dont expect very much change.
  6. If your doner was an very early cortina it could have had a ballast resistor. Sierras with pinto engines had electroinc ignition module which does not need a ballast. Blown fuse??
  7. Is this goodby to Stoneleigh hello Malvern?
  8. Have you got the right water pump? I believe there were 2 , one rotated clockwise and the other rotated anti-clockwise, which was fitted depende on fitment of aircon. Is the impeller still attached to the drive shaft?
  9. NC reed switches are even more sensitive to correct mounting than NO reeds in my experiance.
  10. I have the original stainless silencer for my exmo. It had a simple expansion box over a perforated pipe with no stuffing. It is loud you do not want. It is kicking round my garage after I got a propper exhaust.
  11. For this to work (using the same wires) the magnet must be away from the switch when the pedel is not pressed and must activate the switch for the full travel of the pedel.
  12. A reed switch requires a magnetic field to activate. The simplest switch is a mechanical one fittted to the brake pedle just like ford fitted to the sierra. Though I can see that fiting a magnet to the brake pedle and mounting a reed switch near by could work but would require some adjusting. Most reed switches connect when a magnetic field is applied so you might need a relay to change the switching action over.
  13. In my experiance most of them. The bigger problem can be does the sierra sender work in your tank. The float needs to just touch ( or be a few thou off) the bottom of the tank when mounted and also just touch the top of the tank to work best. My tank is deeper than the sierra tank. I bent the arm to do just touch the bottom as I want to be accurate near running out. This leaves the float not getting to the top of the tank. I could have extend the arm but wanted to finish the build so afrer filling up and for the next 40ish miles my guage reads full but I know that I have enough this way. This has never caused me any problems so I have left it that way. Most analog guages require a voltage regulator so that the readings are consistant, this also applies to temperature guages.
  14. A couple of thoughts. The 6mm one carries the main charging current which would be the IG and should go to the battery. The 2mm one on a type 2 would also go to the IG connection OR on a type 3 would go to the S connection. Safe says leave open for now. 1mm to the warning light. The other terminal of the warning light goes to switched live. Then do not forget the 4th wire. Every electrical circuit requires a conplete circuit so the battery negative needs connecting to the alternator body this is the 4th connection, it is normaly achieved by the mounting bolts of the alternator to the engine block and hence back through the starter earth strap to the battery. So if the warning light is wired wrong the alternator will not start charging as some current through the warning light is often used to boot start the alternator. OR painting the alternator brackets thus preventing the negative connection so no charge, on older alternators this used to fry the control electronics in the alternator, most modern ones live through this but any form of arc mig tig welding with the alternator connected can still fry the alternator. If you have a volt meter measure the battery terminal voltage just before starting and then with engine revs above 3000 rpm if the voltage rises then the alternator is trying to charge, if not there is a problem in charging. I hope that this helps
  15. Overheating due to airlock in cylinder head??
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