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    Re: New member from Gloucestershire, UK

    Welcome, from another ex-Gloucestershire man, now US-resident.
  2. Thread: SS United States

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    Re: SS United States

    As an ex-British Merchant Navy seaman, I hate to see ships like this. If they can't be properly preserved, then they should be scrapped. Every ship I sailed on has been scrapped (or wrecked). It's...
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    Re: Best looking cars of all time

    Any such list that doesn't include the Lotus Elite type 14 is desperately lacking!

    BTW, Bugattis type 57 had many body styles. Which do you mean? Any or all? Talbot Lagos likewise.
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Anyone running NGK spark plugs?

    No, the 6s are the 6s and the 5s are the 5s. They have slightly different specifications. All manufacturers have plugs with different heat ranges, you moved from one range to another.
    If your engine...
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    TR2/3/3A Re: Anyone running NGK spark plugs?

    The 6 is a harder plug than the 5, that is it runs a bit colder and is marginally less tolerant of contamination, like oil.
    Why did you change to 6?
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    Re: I fear for the future of the republic...

    Kannada?
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    Re: I fear for the future of the republic...

    Satu dua tiga empat lima....
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    Re: Help with 60 Bugeye - major drivetrain issue...

    For most of your description it sounds like a clutch actuation problem, like fluid not returning to the master cylinder. Right now your clutch is almost fully disengaged.
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    Re: Trivia Time - Normandy Invasion related!

    Ah, the Bidston Observatory, just along the hill from the Windmill. I was up there a couple of years ago, and in a previous life in the Merchant Navy, with Liverpool my home port, I saw it many...
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    Re: Brake Pads - question

    J-P, you can get soft linings for your A7 brakes, most savvy owners recommend them. Your pressed drums are o.k., the main issue with A7s is the means of operation. For example, the front brake cables...
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    Re: Whitworth Question

    American wrench sizes are measured Across Flats. A 1/4 in bolt has a 7/16 head, typically, a 5/16 has a 1/2 inch.
    BS wrenches (spanners) are marked with the thread size, and the heads are not the...
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    Re: Whitworth Question

    The crankshaft thread was much beloved by Austin. It appeared on Austin Seven crankshaft and half-shafts long before the A-type.
    I have read that it was originally an Admiralty specification.
  13. Thread: Fuelpump 74 MGB

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    MGB Re: Fuelpump 74 MGB

    Does the MGB have a voltage stabiliser for gauges? Could the pump be wired from that, in error?
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    Re: Sunday Night Question #1

    Battle of Britain
    African Queen
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    Re: Whitworth Question

    Not quite, Waltese. BSF is a fine thread, BSW is coarse. They co-existed, and there are both in an Austin Seven.
    Analogous to American fine and coarse threads, and Metric for that matter.
    BSW...
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    Re: Whitworth Question

    Thought there was something familiar, I saw your post on Austinsevenfriends. You signed up to the right place there, pace Basil!

    Good luck. I have nephews in Toronto, maybe I'll get in touch next...
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    Re: Whitworth Question

    To answer your first question, the Austin Seven, assuming you mean the pre-war car, is mostly a mix of BSF and BSW, with a sprinkling of BA for smaller, mainly electrical, sizes.
    With deference to...
  18. Thread: John Haynes RIP

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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    I wrote the above before reading the obit. Sorry for the duplication!
  19. Thread: John Haynes RIP

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    Re: John Haynes RIP

    Like many English enthusiasts of the period, John Haynes started his car career with Austin Sevens. I have a copy of his very first piblication, Building a 750 Special. Typewritten, hand drawn,...
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    Re: A little nippy in Chicago

    I thought you meant one of these:
    https://goo.gl/images/yd6TzJ
  21. Re: why would an intake manifold stud have both coarse and fine threads?

    Fine threads are not only stronger, they can be torqued much more precisely, and don't shake apart as readily. You'd always prefer them on threads used for final assembly.
  22. Re: why would an intake manifold stud have both coarse and fine threads?

    I have seen that many times, with metric, American and British threads. You use a coarse thread into the block, manifold, or whatever, particularly if aluminium. Fine thread is used for the...
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    Re: Whitworth - Not Just About Wrenches

    BA is another thread form, found in electrics and occasionally carburetters.
    It stands for British Association. 0BA is Zero BA, the largest size, roughly 1/4 inch. 2 and 4 BA are the most common.
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    Re: Whitworth - Not Just About Wrenches

    Those appear to be Whitworth only. Fine thread were BSF, coarse thread BSW.
    British Standard Fine and Whitworth. Most cars, engines, motorbikes etc., had more BSF than Whitworth threads. Head sizes...
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    Re: Most accurate pendulum clock

    I was once a British Merchant Navy deck officer, and navigation was part of my job. I first learned sun sights and Longitude by Chronometer many, many years ago. It was state of the art, no GPS or...
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