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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

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This is despite the new discovery that there is no thermostat flap!
Not sure if I should bother putting one on, it's pretty warm here. .
Show-off.
I would fit the thermostat and flap eventually.
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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

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I would fit the thermostat and flap eventually.
Indeed, it is on the parts list, though I'm hoping it's not too complex. Looks hard to get at without removing the distributor, which could create its own set of problems

This morning's job was out with the little girl who was dying to 'help' with the car, and so it seemed a good time to check out the valve clearances and show her the inner workings.

The first thing I noticed was that on the cold engine, the gaps were all tight on all rockers, I couldn't get anything in.

And so I followed Toshi's Advice and we did the clearances together. I'm not yet sure if we did it right. Essentially using my ebay feeler gauge (thanks @fiat500, second time it's come in handy after adjusting points gap on distributor) I adjusted the gap to be as close to 0.15mm as possible. Obviously this is difficult as it's a precise amount, but for example:

- put car in first gear
- rolled forward until 1 rocker was down, gap tight
- gap was also tight at 4, so I loosened the nut at the end and twisted the little flat knob thing: is it odd that I didn't need a tool for this and could just do it with my fingers, once the nut was loosened?
- twisted this loose, slipped my 0.15 gauge in, then tightened it not until it was gripping the gauge, but til I could feel it just touching on top and bottom of the gauge

Continued as per Toshi's advice, adjust 4 when 1 down, 1 when 4 down, etc.

The only thing I'm confused about is if I've adjusted everything as necessary, as I note that peter commented "inlets very slightly wide and the exhausts slightly tight" - I'm not sure if I've fixed just the inlets or just the exhausts and not the other! I did forget to check the 'down' tappet when I was adjusting the clearance of the 'up' one, but I figure that as they were all tight to begin with, then I assume they will remain tight when meant to be?
Not sure if there is a new 'clatter' now, or if I'm imagining things (or if a little clatter is fine)

Regardless, she's just starting to run more and more sweetly now. What a car!
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A few bits and pieces arrived today from van der laan.
Mainly the tyres and orange side lamps needed to get me through registration.

Also ordered these spark plug covers. Have I inserted them correctly? I assume they are there to keep the air cooling in, so having them on the inner part of the gap will optimise this.

Just that I've seen some other photos of engine bays where they just sort of sit over the hole.

Simple small questions but could be important
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Re: Project Little Blue - an introduction (and cry for help)

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Also ordered these spark plug covers. Have I inserted them correctly? I assume they are there to keep the air cooling in, so having them on the inner part of the gap will optimise this.

Just that I've seen some other photos of engine bays where they just sort of sit over the hole.

Simple small questions but could be important
Until relatively recently I hadn't worked out that the way you've done it must be the correct way.
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These are fun cars, I think I can hear the tyre guy swearing now. In for new tyres to be put on, freshly imported from the other side of the world as it is still half the price to send two Pirelli from holland compared with buying locally.

They used the mechanical bolt tightener and sheared off the end. Half an hour later the swearing continues as they try to remove the stuck thread!

Fingers crossed it is ok, and that I can find a replacement bolt at the hardware store. A temporary at least.
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