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swampyankee

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Just got new Rota 15X7's on it today and went for a spin. It may not be faster but I believe it's smoother! I've done a bunch of suspension work including lowering springs, shocks, steering components and needle bearing steering kit. Replaced a set of Weber downdraft carbs with rebuilt OE Strombergs, sorted the electrics, installed new brake cylinders in the rear along with braided brake lines. Just need to sort out the rattly doors and an overflowing carb (float setting probably). Still staying close to home with our outings but looking forward to voyaging further afield this summer.
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Nice job. Your description of work done sounds familiar - pretty much the same things have been done on ours. I'm ahead of you on the doors though -- the window track rubbers are replaced plus one of the regulators. You're ready to go just in time for the good weather!
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...and if course the carb problem came to a head during an afternoon ride with the wife. The minor sputtering escalated and we nearly called a flatbed, but I stubbornly nursed it the 6 miles or so home. The next day I stripped the bowls off both carbs (not easy on the Stromberg-equipped TR7) and found chunks of rust fouling the float valves. I flushed out the line from the tank and found most of the rust in a steel line running from pump to carbs. I replaced all of it with rubber fuel line and installed a large inline filter after the pump. The P.O. claimed to have replaced the fuel tank and I could see evidence of that underneath while I was replacing brake lines.
That problem is hopefully cured but I'll monitor the filter to make sure it's not continuing to pass through.
 

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...and if course the carb problem came to a head during an afternoon ride with the wife. The minor sputtering escalated and we nearly called a flatbed, but I stubbornly nursed it the 6 miles or so home. The next day I stripped the bowls off both carbs (not easy on the Stromberg-equipped TR7) and found chunks of rust fouling the float valves. I flushed out the line from the tank and found most of the rust in a steel line running from pump to carbs. I replaced all of it with rubber fuel line and installed a large inline filter after the pump. The P.O. claimed to have replaced the fuel tank and I could see evidence of that underneath while I was replacing brake lines.
That problem is hopefully cured but I'll monitor the filter to make sure it's not continuing to pass through.
I've had this problem in the TR4. The tank wasn't new, and when I took it out there were rust flakes inside. I was surprised that a new and good fuel filter did not prevent the fuel overflowing, but it didn't. I used gas tank slosh (from Bill Hirsch, as I recall). That was the end of the problem. If your fuel line replacements don't do the trick, maybe the "replaced" gas tank was not brand new, maybe it was used.

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I'll take a second stab at including the pic that I failed miserably at in post #3.
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I always loved my wedge it has ben in the family since 89 It has under gone a few mods....... going to Road America in May (WRL)
Support the wedge shop!!.
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Your Wedge looks heavily modded! Cool!

The Wedge Shop is local to me and I know Woody from 30 years ago. I'm headed there today to pick up a used part he has for me.
 

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To say the least... IRS rear suspension from 1.8 Miata and much much more. Have just fitted up the castor kit
Woody sells. The race track will tell the tail on that bit. Pic of the twin cam 1.9 L.
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Got_All_4

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What is a "needle bearing steering kit"? You got my curiosity peaked. My wedge monas and groins when I turn the wheel and not the easiest to turn ether.
 
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Ted Schumaker (TS Imported Auto) and others sell a kit that consists of a thin needle style thrust bearing, a couple large flat washers, and a delrin bushing that replaces the bushings at the top of the strut assembly. The needle bearing helps to reduce down the friction of the bushing assembly as your steer. I don't notice it so much in my driveway as it is paved with loose, recycled asphalt, but on solid pavement it probably helps. I hadn't driven the car much before I installed the kit so I don't have a very good before and after comparison.
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the moaning and groings seem to be coming from in side the cotpit. Top steering column. Looked once when I had the dash out for a bush to lube up but nothing.
 

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There are bushings at the top and bottom of the steering column - 10 and 11 in this diagram - maybe they are shot.
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