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agent_zed last won the day on October 27 2018

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  1. agent_zed

    Brand new zetec start up oil

    Was watching 'fast n loud' the other day and they were breaking in an engine after rebuild and used an additive. It didn't work and they ruined the engine and had to start again using proper oil for breaking in. so don't use an additive and normal oil, go for the proper break in oil just in case you were thinking of trying that route.
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    I don't believe it....

    Just find an old school locksmith/key cutters. They will have the ford blanks and just cut you a new one to match. The place near me does them for £5. I did ask timpsons and they put it in their machine to read the code and then looked confused as it didn't read anything. Not really suprising as it doesn't contain anything to be read Had to say it was too old for that kind of magic But they did say they could do it for £15.
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    Rear Disc Caliper Mounting Plate

    you might want to edit your previous post and remove your address and email for safety reasons. It's safer to using the messaging service on here if you want to send a message to a member.
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    Fitting bonnet to scuttle panel

    I did a video a few years back of how i did mine. hope it's of use although i just saw i got 1 thumbs down ha
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    Cycle Wing Stays

    again slightly off topic but whist you have bits apart and working on that area it is worth adding some sort of fail safe to the dummy strut that the pinch bolt holds in. Otherwise if the pinchbolt comes loose the strut can slide out with potentially disastrous consequences. The macpherson has a 'wing' on it with a hole in it which slips down the gap and the pinch bolt goes through so it can't come out unless the bolt comes out completely. If you can weld, you can add a piece to the strut to do the same. Some people don't like this method but i did as RH advised which was to drill a small 6mm hole though the side of the hub and strut and added a small bolt to prevent it coming out. I've not had a problem with this in over 10 years but i can understand the argument for not drilling holes. Not really familiar with the MK wingstays do they also bolt to the lower balljoint nut? Also if you aren't adding a nyloc make sure to use threadlock on the bolt. I've only done SVA and i didn't use any additional nuts on this bolt.
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    PCV valve knackered... where is best place to get one?

    well it is 26 years old and it does have 128k on the clock so you are probably right. They don't make things to last do they I'll check the plugs tomorrow and see if they have sooted up again, which i guess should tell me if there is oil in the cylinder still which must be from the bores Or if there is residual oil in the exhaust that is just burning off. When i ran it earlier i left the oil separator in and just removed the pcv and i couldnt see any oil coming out. I'll put my finger over tomorrow and see if there is much pressure coming out although i don't know how much is too much as there is sure to be some. This is all still on the drive though so only idle and a little throttle as opposed to full driving, so perhaps a blast would clear it better but i dont have it taxed right now. Oh i did a compression test the other day and it was 158, 163, 160, 159 but from what i have read you can get good figures if there is oil in the bores as it seals it better. It's annoying as i want to make sure she remains driveable as i have loads of jobs to do and if i take the engine out it'll be months and months before it's back together. But i guess that's how it goes sometimes. thanks all
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    PCV valve knackered... where is best place to get one?

    Think you might be confusing PCV valve (positive crankcase ventilation) with EGR (Exhaust gas re-circulation) which do quite different jobs. The pcv valve on the pinto is just a simple valve that is located in the block just above the sump and when there is sufficient vaccuum in the manifold it draws gases from the crankcase. If it sticks open oil can get pulled into the manifold and through the engine, which is what i think is happening to mine. I poked the valve part a bit and i can feel some resistance but it doesn't seem to spring back to a fully closed position with much force so i wonder if the spring is either too weak or broken a bit so it's not providing enough force. i did try running the car earlier with the valve removed and the hole in the manifold blocked and it was stilling smoking a lot. Is it possible that there is still oil that needs to be burnt off? in the exhaust manifold perhaps?
  8. Hi, Couldn't work out why my pinto was smoking so badly and eventually got around to taking a look. did a compression test and that was fine....although perhaps not as i noticed there was loads of oil on the pistons and the spark plugs were sooty. I'd put the smoke down to number one piston stem seals as they sit in oil as the engine is tipped forward so i replaced the inlet one a while ago but no change. Seeing all 4 plugs as sooty as each other and oil in the cylinders i had to wrack my brain and finally can up with the only place it could be coming from.... the pcv valve. low and behold i've just taken it off and there is fresh oil in the pipe. Stupidly i hadn't even thought about it but having read up on pcv valves the other symptoms are rough running on tickover as it allows more air in. I have been thinking the carb is just old and playing up so i'll be very interested to see if this cures the smoke and idling. So my next problem is they seem to be quite expensive for what they are at around £18-20. Does anyone know a better source? https://www.burtonpower.com/pcv-valve-straight-type-3-8-outlet-6011482.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=prodlistad&utm_campaign=gb_feed?WbRf=ProdListAd&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2-zPkt3m3wIVSLTtCh0eRwUxEAkYASABEgLjQ_D_BwE lists a part number but that doesn't seem to return much from my searches. I guess i could try ford. occasionally they can surprise. failing that i just have to pay up. any help appreciated.
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    Vacuum advance

    to check the choke is working remove the air filter and you should see the choke butterfly closed when cold. Turn the engine on and as it warms up you should see the choke butterfly open. If it doesn't it ain't working. as above though if you have a strobe light connect it up and raise the revs and you should see an increase in advance. A tipex pen is useful for marking the timing mark so its easier to see.
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    how to determine chuck key size

    darn knew it wouldn't be easy. yeah it's a taper fitting so should knock off. Although perhaps i might just spend half hour pulling the garage apart as i just can't understand where it could have gone. thanks
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    how to determine chuck key size

    I've somehow lost my chuck key for my pillar drill. It's an Einhell BT-BD501 Drill Press (pillar Drill) 500w. which has a 16mm chuck. I don't know what to measure to know what size key to order. I've seen 16mm keys on ebay but not sure if that's just the size of the key not for a 16mm chuck. Does it help if i measure the hole that the key goes into does this relate to the chuck key size? I've found the manual online but it doesn't mention size. It's certainly a large size as i've got a 4 headed chuck key with different sizes on each but none of them are large enough. any help appreciated.
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    Which Small Bandsaw

    thought i'd come back to this topic for completion.... ended up buying the sheppach basa1 as toolstation were doing a money off offer so it cost £150 in the end. So far I've been impressed. Still on the stock blade so might be even better with an upgrade. Seems to be well built and worked well straight out the box, just had to set up the guide wheels correctly. I was concerned the fence would allow wandering as it was only one end fix but it locks down tight and is pretty solid. I've found the trick is to hold the loose end down on the bench and then lock the other end as otherwise it lifts slightly as you lock it and you get a tiny gap, but this way stops that happening. It runs quietly and seems solid. The charnwood although slightly bigger and more powerful sadly didn't look very well made. The doors were a bit more inaccurate in fitting and had no microswitches to prevent use whilst open. Not the biggest of concerns but to me a sign that corners were cut. all in all pleased with my purchase, never realised how useful it would be. I'm renovating my house and just being able to zip through a small spacer or take a mm or 2 off shirting board is just so much easier than a hand saw and safer than my chop saw.
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    Steering Column Cowling Cover

    isn't it a case that you would have to get a cowling that was made for the column that you have e.g. sierra. as surely it'll be hard to connect it to anything otherwise as the chances of it lining up with any fixing holes and the stalks/hazard light will be slim?! assuming you are using the sierra stalks/hazard light if you wanted to then make that look better then you could cover with leather or carbon etc
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    "cheap" Chinese Gauges

    ah so would that be fitted where the normal oil warning light sender is fitted then? thanks
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    "cheap" Chinese Gauges

    don't mean to thread hijack so can start a separate one if necessary but was looking at these https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/B332-3-in-1-Car-Vehicles-Gauge-Voltmeter-Water-Temp-Oil-Pressure-Sensor-Kit-Set/153176052522?epid=11023619697&hash=item23aa01132a:g:FFYAAOSwLNpbl7fI:rk:28:pf:0and wondering how they connect up. Volts is easy i guess just connect to battery. Temp i assume needs a specific sender which looks like it's included but is that likely to be a standard size that would fit the pinto? Oil pressure? how does that connect up. thanks