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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 ;)
  16. Thread: NGK plugs

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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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    Re: Water Pump Leak

    No such thing as 'care-free' with any piece of machinery. My new Mustang GT can't handle the heat; if it sits outside for a few hours in 100degF+ heat all the fancy electronic...
  18. Re: Cost to Rebuild a Healey 3000 Engine (And Recommendations About Who to Do It)

    My BJ8's engine was rebuilt by a well-known and respected local builder of racing engines who was also a good friend of my father's. Neither the crank or cam journals needed to be ground (which kind...
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    Re: Water Pump Leak

    I've seen adverts for shops that rebuild water pumps for old cars in magazines like 'Old Cars Weekly' and Hemmings; dunno if they do imports.
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    Re: Brake issue

    Here's the heat shield I bought:

    https://www.ahspares.co.uk/austin-healey/performance-parts/fuel-engine-bay/heatshield-100m.aspx
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    Re: Fuel pump inertia cutoff switch

    Thanks for the correction (I've been out of flying for a few years and dropped a bit). If anybody's interested, here's a good source:
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    Re: Removing the Healey "Flash"?

    Don't forget the proper orientation of the flash when you reinstall ;).
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    Re: Brake issue

    I got an aftermarket heat shield--similar to the ones for 6-cyl cars, but I haven't installed it yet--but danged if I can remember where I got it (might have been DWM).
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    Re: Water Pump Leak

    I don't think you have a choice but to pull the pump (but you knew that). The good news is swapping pumps on Big Healeys is a (relatively) easy job; the bad news is getting a good new one is almost...
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    Re: Fuel pump inertia cutoff switch

    Maybe germane to this conversation, maybe not: All civilian aircraft in the US--and probably military as well--are required to have an Emergency Locator Transmitter, or ELT, on board. ELTs are...
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