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by Gasman
Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Wheel Nuts
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Wheel Nuts

Keep us informed. Hope the wheel balancers can think of a solution. Torque figure is 45 lbs ft or 63 Nm
by Gasman
Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:59 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Wheel Nuts
Replies: 5
Views: 52

Re: Wheel Nuts

How peculiar, John. Never heard of that before. Is this a new phenomenon or has it always been there since you bought the car? is it all the nuts on that wheel? My first thought was that the nuts might not have the correct taper on them so they can't seat properly (or even an incorrect wheel) but th...
by Gasman
Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New wedge owner
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: New wedge owner

Well, to say the least, it's a bit of a bummer if you can't even drive the car away from the point of purchase. Not fit for purpose springs to mind. I hope the sale price reflected the problem. Can auction houses really get away with that? Not least I thought they had to drive them under their own s...
by Gasman
Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New wedge owner
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: New wedge owner

Oh. I remember that thread well and did wonder what car it all referred to. TBH I had it in my mind that he had an Ambassador completely overlooking it was all headed Princess 2200HLS! My conclusion (which may have been completely incorrect) was that the former owner's 'automatic specialist' did not...
by Gasman
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New wedge owner
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: New wedge owner

I found a previous thread about this car dated Dec 2014:-

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by Gasman
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: New wedge owner
Replies: 9
Views: 121

Re: New wedge owner

Welcome to the wonderful world of the wedge! This car was restored by Rovamota and Beiderbecke some years ago down south (Hampshire). I am happy to post pictures for you if you email them to us at leylandprincess@aol.com. In the meantime, this is what it looked like after that work: XEM805W.jpg XEM8...
by Gasman
Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:21 am
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

belleprincesse: The fuel sender part number is FAM3348 and the fuel pump is DRC195.
by Gasman
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Cooling fan sender seal
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: Cooling fan sender seal

I thought of that too, Peter, but I do not think that comes with the seal that the switch pushes into which is what I thought steveb needs.
by Gasman
Mon Aug 05, 2019 8:00 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: Ambassador for breaking
Replies: 5
Views: 133

Re: Ambassador for breaking

Flywheelbolt: These are not usually too difficult to find. I don't think re-bonding is a solution but others may disagree. The part number is FAM8101. These are available new from a company in The Netherlands but their prices are usually fiendishly high. Part Details FAM8101 (MTG RUBBER) Price: Pri...
by Gasman
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:53 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Cooling fan sender seal
Replies: 7
Views: 135

Re: Cooling fan sender seal

Part number is BRO9329. A.E.Wilcox have them but they will be expensive from them. Part Details BRO9329 (SWTCH GASKET) Price: Price on application 17 available Distributor Address A E Wilcox Wickwar Garage High Street Wickwar Gloucestershire GL12 8NG www.aewilcox.co.uk Contact: John Wilcox Tel: 0145...
by Gasman
Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Error message
Replies: 4
Views: 518

Re: Error message

This is a software issue. Although it looks from the message not to have uploaded it has done so and everything will work OK once you clear the error message. Lots of people send the post twice and I delete the 2nd one. The record by someone who shall remain nameless is 5 posts. As 100Club says I ha...
by Gasman
Mon Jul 29, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Job completed with everything back in the car and fully functional. So, in summary, the fuel tank has been cleaned out and sealed. A new genuine BL NOS sender unit with new genuine BL pump has been fitted. All rubber piping up to the carburettors has been renewed although steel piping remains. Yet a...
by Gasman
Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

I cleaned off the rust from the outside of the tank and painted with Hammerite. Would you believe on the hottest day of the year, I'd just got the first coat on and out of the blue it rained great big drops of rain quite heavily for about 3 minutes. Long enough to adversely affect the result! Whatev...
by Gasman
Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

The inside of the tank has now been sealed with POR15 tank sealant. It's funny stuff. I spilt a bit on the gravel pouring it into the filler. When it set it really was like concrete so it should be good. The pictures I took inside the tank are not very good I am afraid but it looks to have had a fai...
by Gasman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

So today I've been treating the inside of the fuel tank with zinc phosphate metal preservative and carefully washing it out ready for drying thoroughly tomorrow so I can put in the definitive tank sealer in to line the inside of the tank. So that job is progressing. I've put in a new oil pressure se...
by Gasman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Interior light cover
Replies: 17
Views: 404

Re: Interior light cover

Can you help Beiderbecke?
by Gasman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Windscreens
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Windscreens

I haven't had to re-black the bottom of the windscreen so have no personal experience. I know of some who have done this by spraying in situ although not sure what sort of primer they used and others have used vinyl which sounds near impossible in situ to me!
by Gasman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Windscreens
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Windscreens

Green. They don't say whether they are laminated or toughened that I can see. I was not aware they did such a range of 'screens! Green with a green top means there is a darker green 'strip' across the top of the screen, a bit like the black across the bottom. It's useful for blocking the sun, (I had...
by Gasman
Tue Jul 23, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Thanks for the input Derek. That's why I'm changing the oil pressure sender just in case. The wiring relies on oil pressure (except when the starter is turning) otherwise it turns off the fuel pump to save the engine. A bit too clever for it's own good IMO! It's why I've changed the relay as well. I...
by Gasman
Mon Jul 22, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Coming back from Gaydon KWaKers konked out 3 times. Engine just spluttered a bit and then cut out completely. It has done this before several times but I thought I had cured it. It only happens after about 1 to 1 1/2 hrs fast road motoring 65-70 mph. On stopping the fuel filter is empty. No vacuum i...
by Gasman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Windscreens
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Windscreens

It my be an urban myth but I understand Triplex (or is it Pilkington!) have all their old templates and can make up authentic replacements to order. No idea how much they charge though. It doesn't sound a cheap process.
by Gasman
Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Windscreens
Replies: 12
Views: 318

Re: Windscreens

Toughened screens are heat tempered which makes the glass stronger and more resistant to damage but if subjected to stone hits etc of sufficient force they will craze over completely (not just where the stone has hit) reducing vision to near zero which is sub-optimal. They did produce zone toughened...
by Gasman
Wed Jul 17, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 833
Views: 281642

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Oh dear. Well spotted but what is it on O series engines that gives problems with the head gasket? Hopefully the head won't need skimming. There's always something...
by Gasman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: The 18-22 Series
Topic: Wolseley JLJ 879N
Replies: 36
Views: 3887

Re: Wolseley JLJ 879N

That's looking brilliant. Keep up the enthusiasm and good work.
by Gasman
Sun Jul 14, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: HIF6 carbs. petrol overflowing on Princess 2200
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: HIF6 carbs. petrol overflowing on Princess 2200

The float chamber vent on the HIF6 carbs is the overflow outlet. Yours are obviously not blocked!
by Gasman
Sat Jul 13, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: HIF6 carbs. petrol overflowing on Princess 2200
Replies: 5
Views: 159

Re: HIF6 carbs. petrol overflowing on Princess 2200

I had a similar problem some time ago. I also changed floats, needle valves and seats and it still flooded. I didn't check the fuel pump pressure (I'd also fitted new fuel pump) but sorted it by putting a (variably) pressure reducing valve in the fuel line. I have since removed that without a re-occ...
by Gasman
Tue Jul 09, 2019 10:57 am
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1979 Princess 2000HL out and about
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Re: 1979 Princess 2000HL out and about

Nice to see her out & about!
by Gasman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Beiderbecke, indeed you did but you forget I am much more pessimistic than your cheerful self... I should have taken a picture of the exhaust then I would remember the name. As it is it is on the top surface of the first silencer so now it's all in place I can't see it! Thank you for the kind words ...
by Gasman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

I've been rather busy in June (for a retired gentleman) so haven't had much time for any work in the garage. However, as I'm probably going to Gaydon on Sunday in KWacKers, whose MoT ran out at the end of June, I thought I needed to get everything back together so I could put it in for the test. Apa...
by Gasman
Wed Jul 03, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 833
Views: 281642

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Interesting variation of colours. Out of that lot I would undoubtedly go for Nightfire even though Black does really suit the shape. As our tastes are so poles apart that's obviously 2 you can cross off your list....
by Gasman
Tue Jul 02, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL
Replies: 833
Views: 281642

Re: 1980 Princess 2 1.7 HL

Your brakes look really smart. You should notice an enormous improvement in the ride when you get round to re-gassing the displacers. SMG was enormously improved when they were re-gassed although it still doesn't have the same absorbent ride as KWacKers.
by Gasman
Tue Jul 02, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: Power steering fluid question
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Power steering fluid question

Anybody know what they changed to allow the PAS to use ATF rather than engine oil?
by Gasman
Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

http://www.hydragas.co.uk/find.html list people with hydrolastic pumping up equipment. The nearest one to you seems to be: Dartford Motors 156 Upper Heath Lane Dartford Kent DA1 2TW 01322 224242 www.dartfordmotors.com It's an old web-site so may be out-of-date I'm afraid. Their website does not seem...
by Gasman
Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Thanks for the comment Adam. Afraid KWacKers isn't for sale at the moment!
by Gasman
Sat Jun 15, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Vanden Plas Owners Club

Sometime ago I wrote an article for the Vanden Plas Owners' Club (of which I am a member) bi-monthly magazine called Carriagecraft along with a photograph for the front and rear cover. I didn't think they would accept it as I do understand poor old KWacKers isn't really a 'proper' VP model. Not a bi...
by Gasman
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Today was my last opportunity to work on KWacKers before my annual boating holiday. I wanted to rectify the stripped threads on the captive nuts which hold the crosstube mounting rubber in place on the N/S. I picked up my new tap & die set from Mr Draper yesterday so set to to re-tap the nuts the ne...
by Gasman
Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: First outing for 15months
Replies: 3
Views: 463

Re: First outing for 15months

Tony, it's great to see your lovely car back doing the rounds. I'm not sure you 'do' Facebook so I've pinched these from the Fb BL Fanatics page where someone spotted you at Cars & Coffee Liverpool. There were some incredibly positive comments; only 2 boring trolls of the order,' my dad had one of t...
by Gasman
Sat Jun 01, 2019 9:10 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Kev's getting me one from Mr Draper thank you
by Gasman
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:41 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Bit of a disaster today. It's all gone back together very nicely but unfortunately on torqueing up (very carefully, as it happens, and whilst it was still only at 20 lbs ft) the Crosstube mounting rubber to body bolts on the N/S both stripped their threads. Worse, it wasn't the bolts but the captive...
by Gasman
Fri May 31, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: La belle princesse
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Les belles princesses photos

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by Gasman
Thu May 30, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: La belle princesse
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Re: La belle princesse

If you email the photos to me as an attachment I'll post them for you - leylandprincess@aol.com . The software is very temperamental I am afraid.
by Gasman
Thu May 30, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Wedge Welcomes!
Topic: La belle princesse
Replies: 7
Views: 456

Re: La belle princesse

Bienvenue.

There's lots of help available here. All you have to do is ask! Mind you, France to Turkey sounds a long way to me!

We'd love any photos you have of tes belles princesses
by Gasman
Tue May 28, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Thanks, Derek. Good luck with the DCR on Thursday and hope it all goes better than last time. I could sing you a song: Two lovely black eyes..... Perhaps not.
by Gasman
Tue May 28, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Back to work today after a nice family week-end. Firstly I spent a LOT of time cleaning up all the bits, nuts, bolts and washers to re-assemble the rear suspension. I'd already cleaned & Hammerited the radius arms, cross tube, backplate and drums. I get a lot of stick for this from people who shall ...
by Gasman
Sat May 25, 2019 9:44 pm
Forum: Princess 1975-1982
Topic: Windscreen chrome trim
Replies: 2
Views: 310

Re: Windscreen chrome trim

When we rebuilt Maurice, a basic Morris 1800, we used lengths of (original) mini windscreen trim from a mini specialist - probably minispares - http://www.minispares.com/product/Classic/Body/Windows/Seals/24A1466MS.aspx?030902&ReturnUrl=/shop/classic/Body/Windows.aspx|Back%20to%20shop -. However, I ...
by Gasman
Wed May 22, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: The thin end of the Wedge
Topic: Nothing much
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Nothing much

Beiderbecke popped by today with not one but two gifts for me. Number one was a compression joint for the displacer tube on Kwackers that I had to divide and secondly a print of a picture Nick Larkin took at British marques day at Brooklands on Drive it Day that was in CCW. I'm not that keen on SMG ...
by Gasman
Wed May 22, 2019 6:31 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Finished the front N/S except final tightening (which needs to be when the car is at working height). I got the drop arm back in when I suddenly remembered the front & rear knuckle joints are different. Yes, you've guessed it, on checking I had put the N/S rear one in the front so had to take the dr...
by Gasman
Tue May 21, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

Got a compression joint?
Haven't looked yet. I'll have a look tomorrow. There's no urgency as there's plenty to do first.
by Gasman
Tue May 21, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

The front displacers came back today. Ian Kennedy does provide a very efficient service. I used my brother's Christmas present to cut through the metal suspension pipe under the passenger seat where there is plenty of space for a compression joint repair. It's a Dremel flexible drive for little cutt...
by Gasman
Mon May 20, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: Austin Ambassador
Topic: A500KWK
Replies: 204
Views: 55301

Re: A500KWK

OK. What will that do? The left hand spanner is already resting on the plank which is why it's there.