Lots happening in the shed, translating to not much happening on this blog. First off, the Fulvia has been occupying me with a small fault but has turned into a huge production.
I thought the car was missing at light throttle openings like cruising down the freeway so as I was going to change over to electronic ignition anyway this was the first of many things that I replaced and it made no difference so here is a list of what was checked or replaced:
Plug leads checked
Distributor Cap substituted (Thanks Garry)
Ignition Timing checked
Carburettor Float Level checked/corrected (Thanks Marnix)
Fuel pump pressure checked
fuel lines checked
Fuel tank venting checked
Carburettor Balance checked/corrected
Idle Mixture checked/corrected
Loose venturis fixed
Valve Clearances checked
Valve spring pressure checked
All these adjustments resulted in no change. It was suggested by a certain Mr Bondini that “Are you sure it’s not the nut behind the wheel?” a comment that as it happened was very close to the truth. I was having my doubts, was it really a miss? I had been pouring out this tale of woe on a Fulvia forum when it was postulated that maybe my engine mounts were shot, making the engine wobbly so appearing to be a miss and that sounded about right, new mounts are ordered we will see.
The Futile Fulvia Fiasco has kept me away from the Austin 7 Special for too long but I’m back on it. Last time I checked in the Austin was a rolling chassis, now it’s a rolling running chassis with most of the body complete see below, the timeline for the project is to be completed by December although I think that was originally December 2017, never mind I had better get my skates on.
The Austin 7 as purchased was a heap of junk, the only redeeming feature was its photo in the advertisement, the actual car was rubbish. The process so far has been to replace or recondition everything.
Differential: renew everything except the case
Brakes: replace dodgy leaking hydraulic conversion with “Semi Girling” shoes and backing plates and replace drums with cast iron ones, new cables etc.
Front axle: Replace with lowered one, new kingpins, sexy double shockers renew all swivels.
Chassis: Box in Top hat section, sandblast and paint.
Gearbox: now close ratio
Engine… seems good?
Body frame reshaped to look less like a “Ute”, seat moved back 125mm so I can now fit.
Dashboard: Machine turned, new fake Ulster instruments Tacho and 100mph Speedo!
For the body I have gone for the bare aluminium riveted look, initially thinking aviation but the more I look at the finished product the more I think a tank sans gun turret, Oh well I guess I will not notice once I am actually driving it.