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  1. Like a piece of jewlery

    The rocker arm assembly and push rods are cleaned and polished. covered with fogging oil and wrapped in oily cloth. Looks like jewelery. Still have to get the tappets out and cleaned up of their surface rust. Also have to locate the screw adjusters for the rocker arms and clean them up. Light weight surgery slowed me up but I'm on the way back to "my normal". Encouraged by success with the rocker arms and shaft.

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    Updated 07-05-2017 at 11:58 AM by JimLaney (add photo - found adjusters)

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  2. Sometimes you do what you just want to...

    Sorting through old cardboard boxes filled with rat nesting material and dead insects, I decided to do something that interested me more than old rusted and greasy small parts. So I took an SU apart and soaked the larger castings in a bucket of carb cleaner.

    When I opened the gallon can of cleaner after two days, the castings were still black but they wiped up with the help of toothbrushes and old tee-shirts. I was forced to smile. Renewal is a powerful effect. I can see the assembled ...
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  3. Illness confirmed

    After weeks fighting the flu I have been thinking about the project in my shop. Found another Spridget - 1965 MG Midget in small town nearby. "Engine locked up"... but it has wire wheels. Photos look like its been sitting for awhile. Going to look at it this weekend. I must have lost my mind! With all of the boxes of parts I already have, what am I doing?
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  4. Making piles of piles

    Had a day to spend on the sprites. Worked on identifying system components and parts of sub-assemblies. Began with water circulation system and listing all the parts that needed to be replaced. Rubber and gaskets are sort of a given for replacement. Soon the lure of the engine was too powerful to resist and I pulled the pan off the 15 year old rebuild to check the condition of the crank and cam. They looked good with no rust on the vital surfaces. So I sprayed the interior with a light oil and closed ...
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  5. Fixin' to start to begin...

    Since this is my first attempt to restore/refurbish a car rather than tackle a single problem on a motorcycle or a daily driver, I'm reading as much as I can trying to determine the best start on this project. Because it is mid-December and my daughter's birthday is only 5 days before Christmas, I will not start in ernest until the new year has begun. Nevertheless, I am thinking about how to proceed.

    Since I have boxes and boxes of parts and a body stripped of fenders, doors, interior, ...
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