Well, news is news.
Haha, cheers, although theres so much bodge in it and the metal is so thin you’d possibly regret that statement.
Good news - some welding was completed, I now have a new hinge panel and the door is actually attached to the car! A novelty after it being snapped for so long, actually closes properly now.
Bad news - noticed on a couple of fast runs I had what looked like petrol leaks onto the exhaust. Also odd hesitations and popping back at low RPM under load, pulling away or whatever. Well joy of joys, more carb problems.
Both needed the carb removing to check properly, the first one wasn’t a petrol leak (errant WD40 from attempts at unsticking the throttle previously) but the second, yeah, that was an actual issue.
These are the gaskets that sit around the carb spacer block where it mounts to the manifold. The keen readers amongst you will know that I’VE ALREADY SODDING DONE THIS JOB ONCE, sorry, I had already put new gaskets on here back when I got the car. Of course, not expecting the lower one to be blown out and burnt I haven’t got any. Absolute pain in the arse to get all the old gasket off, most of it was sort of baked to the manifold and took ages to clean, but it’s nice and shined up now waiting for the new gasket.
As I mentioned it also had a sticking throttle, crap low speed running under load and was starting to really get bad at hot starting due to the starter motor getting slower, and slower, and slower. Found the air filter box to carb rubber elbow has a massive split in it, again, not something I have to hand and was unexpected. Sticking throttle I’m hoping will be remedied by a damn good clean of the carb that took me ages (not like I had anything better to do as I can’t put it back together yet) and one of the little springs on the throttle spindle had snapped.
Fortunately in my carb graveyard I have a low mileage carb but with a slightly warped base that has a lot of good bits, one of those being that spring. Another being the vacuum choke pull off device, a rare thing these days is a working one. I’ve fitted that in place of my blanking plate just because I quite like to have things working as they were intended, even if they can kick up some issues as they age. I’ve always got the blanking plate to fall back on and it’s easily swapped over if it becomes an issue.
The carb in the lower right is the one I mean here, I intend to try to flatten the lower flange and keep it as a good spare as it appears immaculate inside.
The hot starting thing has been getting worse for a little while, as I said the Valeo 0.7kW starter was getting slower and slower, even with a fresh battery. This was easily remedied fortunately, I fitted a 1.4kW replacement starter (from some BMW I think) as recommended by the kit car guys that fit bigger bike engines. You can see it below in this picture with everything in the way handily removed, almost as if there was something wrong with the carb.
(Excuse the wiring. It’s not pretty but it’s all done relatively properly anyway )
You can probably tell through this post I sound a bit sick of it - this is perhaps getting true, I’ve had odd thoughts of selling it, and then it does stupid things like snapping a connector off the headlight wiring when I was trying to move it out the way to remove the alternator to get at the carb nuts. It’s just trying my patience a bit, and I’ve still got the MOT (and something else to come) this week. Maybe the love will come back.
On the plus side, I fitted something totally pointless but that made me laugh. Headphone users be warned, people can hear me coming now at least.
So yeah, currently sat in bits waiting for those gaskets because nowhere seems to sell gasket paper anymore to make my own either, never mind.