Saturday, September 27, 2014

Replaced the Head

Back in March this year I bought a spare engine (well two in fact) and I have been tinkering with them ever since. A lot of my tinkerings have been trying to get the head back to a usable state.

Having spent an age cleaning it, lapping the valves and even having a go at porting it, not to mention the time that went into refurbishing the rocker assembly, it seemed daft just having the thing sat on the shelf gathering rust.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Distributor Cap Clip

Okay, so replacing a distributor cap clip doesn't make for the most exciting reading, but it needed doing as it had snapped off. Although I have had the spare clips for weeks, somehow I just never got around to replacing it, but I thought as I was working in the engine bay at the moment, I would just get it done.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Adjustable Radius Arm Brackets

Ever since I overhauled the rear subframe (here), I was not convinced that the replacement radius arm brackets fitted correctly. The drivers side in particular was an absolute pig to get the holes to line up and I always thought the camber looked a bit off and looking at the tyre wear on that side seems to confirm this.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Replaced the Aerial

Sometimes I suspect that I'm not the brightest spark. One such example that leads to this conclusion happened about a year ago. As I don't have a garage, I generally keep the Mini under a cover, putting it on every night and removing it each morning. The particular morning in question, I removed the cover to find I had not put the aerial down the previous night and snapped it off.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Exhaust Leak Fixed

Driving recently I have caught a whiff of exhaust smells in the car. I wasn't sure if I was making it up as I mostly have the windows down. But once the windows were up, it was more noticeable. With the potential to be slowly gassed in the car, I thought it might be something that I would have a look at quite sharpish.

Having a look under the bonnet with the engine running, I investigated where the exhaust pipe attaches to the manifold. Straight away I could hear a blowing noise and putting my hand near confirmed the leak as I could feel the gas escaping.