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Dr H last won the day on April 2

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  1. Hi Dave Socket set isn't very big that has the AF and BA stuff. Lots of imperial spanners. There is also another socket set - will check what it is. I'll have a proper look through tomorrow night and let you know what's in there. Just let me know if he's interested.
  2. Yeah, imperial spanners are no good on an Elise/Exige /Evora but it wouldn't matter to Scatty Sorry Scatty........
  3. My parents are moving (and downsizing) so having a big clear out. My dad was worried about his old tools and wanted then to go to someone who would use them. He was fretting over it and my mum was fretting over him fretting so I ended up stepping in and agreeing to take them - but I don't need them. There isn't a massive amount and it's all old but still very usable. 2.5 tonne trolley jack. Very heavy and sturdy. I pair of steel ramps blue with some rust but solid. Socket set in steel case. AF MM and BA (which I'd never heard of!) Manual impact driver - the sort you hit with a hammer Range of spanners. Pair of mole grips, pair of pliers Lots of other bits and bobs. like files and the like. Free to a good home. My Dad would be happy to know they went to someone who wanted them.
  4. Solution found. Custom valve retention caps. £12 each. 2-3 weeks.
  5. I know it's not going to be straightforward but I do expect parts that are sold as direct fit replacement to be just that!
  6. MLOC discount? I don't even get a copy and I'm family!
  7. Well it's an 'automotive culture' magazine. 3 issues per year is the plan. Direct web sales, print only. £10 an issue and meant as a very high quality 'coffee table' magazine I guess. It's my brother's project. I only found out about it the other day - we don't speak that often http://www.5054magazine.co.uk/ Looks like the content will be varied Anyway, hopefully it'll be a success. He was made redundant by Autocar about a year or so ago.
  8. Bit of a spanner in the works today Engine builder was finally putting the engine together for me to collect on Wednesday, but called earlier as he has an issue. I bought some PAC uprated valve springs to replace the 175k miles ones on the engine and use with my slightly more aggressive Piper cams. They are listed as the correct springs for the 24v and are supposed to work with the standard valve cap/retainer. He said that the lifters were sticking slightly - again all new - and with further investigation the spring doesn't seem to be seating in the cap properly, and the spring can move over to one side and therefore the hydraulic follower fouls it. You can re-centre the spring and it all works fine but the chances of it moving again are pretty much guaranteed so leaving them as is, is not an option. I rang the suppliers of the springs and they checked everything and said they were the correct springs, they should work with the standard Alfa cap and gave me the internal dimensions of the springs and the corresponding requirements for the cap. The cap measures exactly as expected but the springs are about 0.2mm bigger internal diameter than the spec says. So that's almost £400 on valve springs that don't f***ing work . I have tried to contact the spring manufacturer in the States to see if they make a suitable cap but not managed to get them to reply. However having trawled through their catalogue there is nothing to the exact size. Only other option I can find for straight swap uprated springs (which come with caps) are from AHM (Alfa Motorsport Specialist) and they are £1k a set Looks like the only option is to have some caps machines to size - which will delay things further!!!!!! I really am starting to get totally pissed of with this engine build and this is only just the start.........
  9. Dave you're like me - swing both ways so to speak!
  10. Powder coater loves me - keep paying him to do the same thing over and over again!
  11. Engine wasn't ready...... Looks like it will be the end of next week now before I can collect. Just called a body shop to discuss getting it booked in for paint. Will be July at the earliest before they can get it in. Edmonds Auto Refinishers in Burton on Trent. They do lots of classic stuff and I know some on here have used them. I would naturally consider StephenM who did my 340R but it's a bit far! Will probably give him a call to discuss it anyway and see. Got the price for an interior trim from the trimmer I went to see. Quite expensive at £2-2.5k! But his work does look awesome. His most impressive looking seats when I was there turned out to be from a Mk3 Cortina. He'd done an amazing job in brown leather to replace the original vinyl. However just found another place less than 5 mins from where I work that do classic VWs / Porches etc. Might give them a call. In the meantime I've been messing with bits and bobs. Decided to paint the bare metal on my driveshafts to stop any rust in the future. Primed and ready for topcoat. Not sure if you are supposed to paint the toothed rings - but speedo pickup works off something else anyway so doesn't matter! Oh and the battery tray was taken off and modified so it can be removed without having to disturb the new alloy pipes I put into the cooling system. That's the 3rd time I've had to have it powder coated due to rethinking and modifying . And I removed and repainted the clutch master cylinder because I noticed a small blemish on the paint This is what happens when you're waiting for other stuff!
  12. Crackin' motor!
  13. Thanks for the replies guys. Miles - thanks but you're a bit too far away. Reg - I plan on collecting the engine next week and will need it to get it out of the van and into the garage. Simon - I'll check with the engine builder and see when I can collect it. Then let's see if we can arrange something. Will drop you a pm when I know more. Cheers
  14. Not much to update really. Accelerator positioned Custom bent pipes for cooling system to replace runs that are just silicone hose as supplied in the kit. Campag decals (made with SELOCers help) now fitted to wheel centre caps. the 'marks' are just reflections. ITB setup almost finished. Fuel rails machines and bracket for DBW actuator will be done later this week. Vist to trimmer to discuss trimming of seas, door cards etc. Found him locally. 80 years old, learned his trade from his farther who worked at Jaguar and did all the development work for the XKs, Mk1 and 2 and E Types. He worked with his dad a Jaguar too. His work is amazing. Fuel injectors sent for cleaning, matching and (importantly) offset voltages plotting. I don't have any info on voltage versus time to open / close the injectors, which is needed for mapping the car. Sent them off the DRM Motorsport to have this done. Turns out he's a fellow Lotus owner. Oh and I get the engine and gearbox back next week!!!!!
  15. After what seems like forever wating, the engine for my Stratos rep will be ready to collect next week. Before I go and buy one, are there any local MLOCers that would be so kind as to lend me an engine crane for a couple of weeks? As hanks you can even help me put the engine into the chassis if you like Cheers Leigh