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  1. 175/70 is pretty commonly used. have that size on my GT6 Mk3 and my sons MkIV Spit on 5J steels and there’s plenty of room. Previously had the same size tyres on the Spit on 6J alloys with ET13 offset. They did have a bit too much poke and made occasional contact. The important questions are the width of your wheels and especially the offset / ET figure. Nick
  2. I note you said you had braced the door gaps - absolutely essential in my view - but does your bracing allow you refit the doors to check the fit? Also very highly desirable in my view..... On the Spit we did go to some lengths to make sure the doors could be refitted and the brace design even incorporated a jack screw so we could move things about to improve the fit - necessary in our case because the rot was bad enough that the shape of the car had been lost - but hopefully not in yours!! Nick
  3. 🙃 how rude…. Though half of the deal doesn’t sound too awful…..
  4. Epic. Brings me out in a cold sweat……
  5. Picked cotton as a young teenager. Not for long though - that is a tough job! Part time “mechanic and welder” at a Triumph repairists in Kingston while I was a student. First “real” job in an experimental foundry trying to make metal matrix composites. Aluminium at 800 degrees C with 20+Bar injection pressures, with the dies heated to over 500C…… what could possibly go wrong?! That had its moments…… nobody died, but more luck than judgement at times. Then a short stint as a technical author at Haynes. Mis-timed as it turned out as I got made redundant after about 9 months (last in first out), when they noticed they weren’t making any money! This was inconvenient as we’d just bought our first house…. Then a few months odd-jobbing followed by 6 months as a welder-fabricator for a fruiting picking machine company (apples & black currants mostly). Not quite as bad as picking cotton, but close! Then managed to use the contacts and experience gained in my first job to get into technical sales with the controls company I’d worked along side then. Very useful experience, but not very exciting and not well paid. Then technical sales/estimator for a specialist butterfly valve company. That had its moments also, including a week in Baku representing them at an exhibition (no one else wanted to go!) and then an involuntary shift into project management (no one else wanted to!), looking after the biggest order the company had ever won…. Suddenly dealing with foundries, machine shops and actuator manufacturers. Very high stress…. Surprising how few choices there are when you are trying to get 82” bore valve bodies cast in aluminium bronze and then machined…. Had to go to France for that. Looking for a quieter life I then moved to an investment (lost wax) foundry as an estimator. That wasn’t my best idea and not long after that I got a technical sales job with a local specialist pump company and I’ve been involved in that technology and it’s application for more than 20 years now. Did a lot of service work in my first few years with them, most of that on sewage works. Not always fun but very “educational”. One of the more fun aspects of the job is that it gets you in to all sorts of interesting places. The list includes, many and varied sewage works of all sorts and sizes, anaerobic digestion plants (the food-waste eating ones tend to be much nastier than sewage works!), breweries, cider makers, abattoirs, industrial bakeries, jam factories, paint makers, plasterboard factories, paper mills, veg and fruit processors, industrial dairies, ready-meals makers, sewage pumping stations and even the occasional waterworks. Plus others I’ve forgotten no doubt…. Nick
  6. I had something very similar on my PI and that was definitely the mechanical advance in the distributor sticking. To make it harder to find, it only did it when hot. It was actually the upper shaft (with the points cam on it) going tight on the lower shaft rather than the actual weights sticking. Nick
  7. 🙂 Yeah….. but the Spit has a chassis to use as a jig…… and ours was in good shape. Anyway, I think the Stag might be a bit rustier….. Respect! Nick
  8. Blimey….. that’s brave! Some good work happening….. Nick
  9. Problem is that the forum has actually been migrated twice since that thread was created and the first time was from the eblah platform, which makes things harder, especially regarding pics. I know Craig T had many challenges migrating the old Sideways forum from eblah, and that was just one hop. Photos were separated then too, though some have been reassembled since and I think the ability to do others remains if requested. Thought you had a thread on Sideways too Tim, but it turns out the one I was remembering was Gareth’s…… did find your fuel tank one though. I could use one of them now! Nick
  10. It’s the single rail (1500) box that is longer. The 4 synchro 3 rail is the same length as the Herald box but has a round output flange which takes the bigger UJ flange. So you need a Herald Propshaft and swap the front UJ flange. Nick
  11. Touch it into first first to stop all the gears, the go for reverse. If you still get a crunch/clank the clutch is dragging. Nick
  12. Jag V6 and manual box? Plenty of donors with rusty sills going cheap…..
  13. Too add….. the studs are generally fine, the OE ones are very good quality. However, the nuts, not so much. As the torque, 48lb/ft iirc, is pretty much the top end for a 3/8” UNF fastener, the nuts are prone to stripping and the typical replacements struggle to hold at all. You also need to be aware that the washers are hardened and should only be replaced like-for-like. The best solution I know of is to buy a set of flanged nut intended for the A-series engines from MiniSpares. These hold the torque reliably and don’t need washers. Nick
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