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    Re: Spark plug wires

    I've never had much luck crimping stranded copper wires, bumblebee or black (bumblebees look cool, but I've never understood how one set of stranded copper wires could be 'high performance' and...
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    Re: BJ8 Dipstick Broke

    If the intake screen on your oil pump is intact I doubt the piece of dipstick would get picked-up by the pump or elsewhere; if you really overfilled the sump you might aerate the oil enough to get if...
  3. Thread: NGK plugs

    by Bob_Spidell
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    Re: NGK plugs

    I saw some photos of a Chinese spark plug 'factory' a few years ago. Imagine the grodiest machine shop you've ever seen, with 3ft piles of lathe shavings all over the floor. Heaven knows...
  4. Re: Removal of Intake and Exhaust manifold. Austin Healey BJ7

    I broke a downpipe stud with the manifold in the car. Was able to MIG weld a nut on the remnants of the stud and extract it.
  5. Re: Removal of Intake and Exhaust manifold. Austin Healey BJ7

    I had my BJ8's exhaust manifold Jet-Hot coated three years ago; the cost was around $400 (I got mine in a dark grey). I believe the company went through bankruptcy a few years ago and may be under...
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    Re: BJ8 Fuel Pump

    Yes. But, it's possible to pinch the O-rings if you're not careful (not that I would EVER do that).

    Edit: Slip the O-ring over the banjo bolt, all the way to the shoulder of the bolt, then...
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    Re: BJ8 Fuel Pump

    I think even the newer, points-switched pumps have the recess requiring an O-ring.
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    Re: BJ8 Fuel Pump

    Sorry, didn't think of this wrinkle. Older SU pumps have a flat seat on the inlet and outlet ports, where the banjos sit and are snugged up with banjo bolts. On newer pumps there is a recess on...
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    Re: BJ8 Fuel Pump

    Pump run-on is more often than not due to an air leak on the inlet side (the fact you saw a bubble in the filter indicates this). The joints can be 'tight' without sealing, and the fiber washers are...
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    Re: Oil burning at cold start

    My machinist installed '0.500" X 11/32 Viton guide seal upgrade.' So far (11K miles) no issues.
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    Re: Yet Another Oil Question!

    ' Psychological effect?' ... Maybe not: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synthetic_oil

    As for additives? I kicked the habit years ago (but still get tempted occasionally).
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    Re: Yet Another Oil Question!

    Reid,

    Did your mechanic give specific reasons for de-recommending Valvoline? Mechanics have practical knowledge, but I've never met one with a degree in chemistry or petroleum engineering. 'My'...
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    Re: Yet Another Oil Question!

    FWIW, I've bought VR-1 here several times:

    https://www.ruralking.com/valvoline-vri-20w-50-oil-1-quart

    Even with shipping cost it's reasonable. Synthetic oils are more likely to leak more from...
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    Re: Speedometer Angle Drive

    Now I'm curious ...
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    Re: Alternator conversion and tach

    Nope ... only the Aussies have to do that.
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    Re: Water Pump Leak

    Yep; tightening fan belts is an old-school art. There's format techniques but it's really just a matter of feel; one way is to tighten just so that it's difficult to impossible to turn the fan by...
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    Re: Alternator conversion and tach

    Be sure to reverse the tach cable for negative ground.
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    Re: PCV and oil leaks

    Interesting. But, this ...

    "An internal check valve within a housing is held closed by a spring when no engine vacuum is present. As manifold vacuum signal overcomes that spring tension, the...
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    Re: DIY Extension for Clutch Bleeding

    Well, as long as we're on the subject--;)--I tried Doug's SS studs when I was having trouble sealing up my exhaust manifold to downpipe flanges. Tried several, and they all snapped when I applied...
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    Re: DIY Extension for Clutch Bleeding

    Hmmmmmm ... what does that say for SS brake lines?
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    Re: PCV and oil leaks

    I've had a PCV 'system' for years on my BJ8; originally the BCS design and parts. When I had the engine rebuilt a couple years ago the mechanic upgraded the system (I know y'all seen this pic...
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    Re: Water Pump Leak

    It's been over 30 years, but the original pump on my BJ8 had a fitting, but it wasn't a zerk; it was a cup with a 'flip top' cap that you opened and forced the grease in with a syringe-type pump (I...
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    Re: Water Pump Leak

    OK, now I'm confused; wouldn't you only be interested in greasing the bearing, not the seal?
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    Re: Check the August Oprah Magazine

    Ugh ... that's pretty rough on the hood frame ;)
  25. Thread: NGK plugs

    by Bob_Spidell
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    Re: NGK plugs

    Back in the day, when I was current, every airplane I flew had Champion plugs, as do both my Healeys (copper core--but they only last 35K miles or so). Never a failure.
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