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Old Aug 20th, 2018, 11:53   #11
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Hi mate.
I would fly to Glasgow and drive it home but the wife
would smack me with a frying pan as i have two already.
Keep it. You can get classic insuance for it.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2018, 09:00   #12
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Best car I have ever owned in over 40 years of driving. As above, get it going, keep it, cheap classic car insurance.
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Old Aug 22nd, 2018, 10:54   #13
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Best car I have ever owned in over 40 years of driving. As above, get it going, keep it, cheap classic car insurance.
Indeed , they never go wrong and never need any parts , quiet and economical with a huge interior compared to modern cars .
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Old Aug 22nd, 2018, 14:42   #14
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Volvosaurus passed the MOT again the other day. Tester said that it's in good order.

He made no comment about my order! I've been going to the same MOT place for many years, both the tester and I have aged a bit!

So today, thought it deserves a treat, cleaned front seats with Lidl W5 Cleaning Foam, they came up quite nice, drying off now.

Took distributor cap off, no trace of condensation there, slight staining of inside of cap, so wiped it out, sprayed with WD40 and wiped out again.

I did notice that the carbon brush was fairly worn, but OK, I compared it with the brush in a new cap.

Started the engine, to my surprise, the tickover was smoother. I don't notice any difference in the rev counter.

Bonus, that slight bearing rattle that many 340's give at tickover, has reduced to almost non existent. I've never taken engine/ transmission apart on a 340, so not familiar with this bearing. Can someone explain about this bearing please?

I'm pretty good on mechanics, in fact I used to work for Janspeed in the early 70's. Rebuilt many engines / gearboxes, mainly BMC A series Mini, including the BMC Mini auto box.

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Volvosaurus passed the MOT again the other day. Tester said that it's in good order.

He made no comment about my order! I've been going to the same MOT place for many years, both the tester and I have aged a bit!

So today, thought it deserves a treat, cleaned front seats with Lidl W5 Cleaning Foam, they came up quite nice, drying off now.

Took distributor cap off, no trace of condensation there, slight staining of inside of cap, so wiped it out, sprayed with WD40 and wiped out again.

I did notice that the carbon brush was fairly worn, but OK, I compared it with the brush in a new cap.

Started the engine, to my surprise, the tickover was smoother. I don't notice any difference in the rev counter.

Bonus, that slight bearing rattle that many 340's give at tickover, has reduced to almost non existent. I've never taken engine/ transmission apart on a 340, so not familiar with this bearing. Can someone explain about this bearing please?

I'm pretty good on mechanics, in fact I used to work for Janspeed in the early 70's. Rebuilt many engines / gearboxes, mainly BMC A series Mini, including the BMC Mini auto box.
340's don't have any bearing rattles they have hardened crankshafts. You might find the valve clearances need adjustment :-)
wow the mighty Janspeed , did you make the manifolds ?
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No, it's not an engine rattle, it goes when clutch is pressed, my 1.7 did the same. I think it's the bearing that supports the prop shaft at the engine end.
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No, it's not an engine rattle, it goes when clutch is pressed, my 1.7 did the same. I think it's the bearing that supports the prop shaft at the engine end.
oh right I know , that is the clutch plate rattling on it's splines , it is amplified by the hollow propshaft , if you can get the idle smoother it should go .
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Excellent, thank you, anyway, as mentioned, the rattle is almost non existent now.

I suppose that I'd better check the adjustment of the clutch, been meaning to do that for ages.
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Excellent, thank you, anyway, as mentioned, the rattle is almost non existent now.

I suppose that I'd better check the adjustment of the clutch, been meaning to do that for ages.
as long as you can lift the clutch pedal a little no need to worry about that , there is no clearance on the fork arm itself .
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Thank's did this on the 1.7 GLE.

When cleaning the seats today of the 1.4 GL, I did lift the clutch pedal, and there is quite a lot of free movement, I will check the Haynes Manual.

Probably not interest anyone, but I still have three Minis.

1961 with bored out 1275 engine and improved brakes.

1969 Mk2 998, bored out, with 12G295 head, duplex timing gear, AEA630 cam, I 1/2" SU, Hi-Low's and Spax adjustables.

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