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Old 31-03-2015   #121
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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

Looks great Roger. Thanks for the tips on seat belts.
What's the best time to tackle these. My car's finished at the panelbeaters and off for a respray soon.

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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

Hi Damian. My engine tinware is coated with a type of high performance coating supplied by a nz company called, funny enough, High Performance Coatings! They also do a lot of high temp coatings for exhausts and other car parts. I am sure there will be an equivalent supplier where you are. The finish is textured, a little bit like the Hammerite finish you used to get on old tool boxes etc. I went for that because it hides dirt and the extra thickness dampens reverberation. I guess technically the greater surface area also disperses heat a tiny fraction better too.
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Cool Car Rodger - VERY Cool Car !!! good job all round. Mine will, alas, be nowhere near your standard, but I have just got my cooling tinware back from the powder coaters - in a very (in your face) bright Red!!! Tomorrow will be a busy day getting the engine back together and running again. Now, you mention a near miss with your oil piping and the cooler fit can you elaborate please? I have noted the fittings used in your latest pics what type are they? Do you have an accurate figure for bhp at the wheels with your set-up? Thanks.

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Hmmmm after 700kms of mostly trouble free running in I was unexpected left stranded last weekend... Keen to hear people's thoughts...

Car ran fine for 5kms or so of across town driving. Then gave a bit of a surge for half a second before losing power and stalling.

Once stopped it coughed a little on the starter but did not start.

After a bit of a look around the engine for any obvious faults it still refused to start.

After a quick coffee - good luck to break down next to a cafe? - the car started but ran for only 2-3 seconds before dying.

Repeat the above while waiting for tow truck.

Once home no start at all.

No spark with new plugs

12.5 volts measured at positive side of the coil - brand new coil

Spare coil fitted, still no spark.

(BTW no fuses blown)

I am starting to wonder if the fancy 123 ignition unit may have failed? A Google search has found the occasional reference to failures but no discription of the circumstances.

It is the 123 which outwardly mimics the original distributor, so I was able to take off the cap and check that the rotor is turning when the engine turns over.

If anyone has any ideas I'd be happy to hear them!

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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

Assuming you haven't developed a dodgy earth connection, it appears it could only be the 123 unit or the leads at fault.

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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

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Assuming you haven't developed a dodgy earth connection, it appears it could only be the 123 unit or the leads at fault.

cheers, Steve
My thoughts exactly - you have power to the coil but no spark can really only mean a bad earth or this 123 unit thing (or distributor on a car without that box)
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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

Hi. Roger Happy new year by the way.What a fab restoration .I have just finished mine and drove for the first time.Everything was ok but OH the steering play.I have tried to adjust but no joy.I have just managed to buy a 126 rack,so will be doing the same conversion as you.Just one question do you use the 126 rack as is or do you have to change the ends.I thought I had done a good restoration but yours is way better than mine.

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Re: 1963 'D' resto with 126

i had the same thing with mine and it was the 123 infact i went through 2 of them before going back to points and has beed perfect ever since
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