Sunday, 29 March 2015


Well, you lot are an eagle eyed bunch aren't you!!?

The last picture I posted, no one spotted I had fittted the carbs back to front!!!!!!!!!!!!

I cut and fitted the new fuel lines, made up the breather sections and overflows......... then wondered why nothing met up properly!

It was only after I googled a Stag Engine picture that I realised my blunder, the carb linkage should be facing the rear of the engine, not the front!!

So, I now had to remove all the incorrect pipework, remove the elbows (which explains why the bolt wasn't long enough to fit the choke bracket, should be on the other side!), turn the carbs around then start again.

Need to get some more fuel line as I've cut it, and its now too short..............

Its like learning the Waltz..............

2 steps forward, 1 step back.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Fitting up engine

Its flying along now!! Had a few hours on it on Wednesday evening, and with the help of Bradley's muscles.... the gearbox is in!
Now bolted up, rear mount rebuilt and fitted and the engine and box now sitting in the right place.
This afternoon I managed to get the alternator fitted, the PAS brackets and PAS pump on (having first remembered to put the battery in first!!, then the belts, the carbs and elbows, the radiator, the fan shroud and the starter motor.
It doesn't sound like much, but it really is starting to look like a car again!!
The list of things to fit and fix get shorter and shorter............ 

Next job is to measure by how short the Stag prop is, so it can be lengthened. this car originally had a 2.5 prop, but later built cars used lengthened Stag ones as the U/J's are bigger. I had the gearbox and the diff built with Stag flanges for this very reason.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Tailgate Seal and Gearbox

Well, that was a bit of a longer break than I hoped for. The new house has just eaten up all my free time, but the end is almost in sight. I have managed to put in a new kitchen, and decorate the whole house, with the exception of my office, the utility room and 3 bathrooms. But, we have decided that these rooms can wait until the winter to do, and that I can now spend some time on getting Libby finished. I needed some time in the garage putting up shelves, lighting etc, but now its time to crack on.
Sam finished work earlier than expected today, so I decided to get a few hours in whilst I could.
So, I trimmed the new D Post trims that found there way to me from Yorkshire Triumph (Thanks guys!), trimmed in black vinyl to match the head lining then glued and clipped in place.

 Then came the tricky job, Removing the tailgate, so that we could glue on the tailgate seal. I couldn't get a new one (rocking horse teeth) but Andy donated a good used one. We turned the tailgate upside down on a table, glued it, then refitted. Thanks to Brad and James for the muscles!!!
 Then came time for a gearbox fitting!! The car was jacked up and put on ramps.
 Then with Brad under the car holding the flywheel, I fitted the pulley and fan assembly, then torqued up the nut to 100ft/lbs. That should come off then!
 The gearbox had been rebuilt completely by Mick Papworth, it was wired up and filled with oil, it just needed throwing on.
 So, on we threw it and got all, bar 2 bolts in. I seem to be 2 bolts missing, so I'll get those this week I hope. then I can lift it up, fit the rear gearbox mount and then measure and get the propshaft made.
Very productive day, and it felt good to be working on her again. The end is in sight...........